On sunday I decided to make dinner, my wife and younger bro’s wife were told to stay out of the kitchen. This ultimatum was accepted without any refute whatsoever by the ladies. No surprises here !!!
I said this but was not sure what to make…. Chinese I dont like, Bread’s or pizza’s my bro doesnt like, nor does he like macroni. Pav Bhaji idea was vetoed by my son. Eventually I decided to make biryani, actually no veg biryani can be very delicious (my personal opinion) but what the heck lets try it…
So I started inquiring what all vegetables were in the house and I realised most things were in the house except tomatoes. So I went out to get tomatoes, I selected some very good red ones and got them weighed. Now I havent bought vegetables since atleast 3-4 years and have no idea of the price. When I got the 1/2 kg tomatoes I promptly gave him Rs. 100 ka note and he said its only Rs. 2.50 for 1/2 kg !!!!
Whoa !!! I was like cant be true, 6-7 tomatoes for just Rs. 2.50, I don’t know but it sounds really cheap. How come people say vegetables are very expensive these days, anyways that is not the point, eventually I gave him chutta and bought a couple of 2 min Maggi on the way back, just incase my biryani goes wrong there is some back up !!!!
I went home religiously chopped onion & garlic… normally when I cook I make sure my wife chops the onion and the garlic as I am tooo fussy about my hands smelling. But today I did it, I myself chopped all the onions, garlic, green chillies, ginger, tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, capsicum and even pealed off the peas !!!!
My idea of cooking is dont follow any method. Just keep adding ingredients the more the better !!!!
Then I fried more than half of the onions till they turned golden brown and mixed them with the pre-cooked rice & peas. There after I again sauted a few onions with cloves, pepper and all the other vegetables above. Added Chole Masala, PavBhaji Masala, Sambhar Masala, Garam Masala plus red chillies and a bit of turmeric and salt !!!!! I was gonna add some Pani Puri Masala as well but my wife caught me taking that out of the refrigerator and immediately put her foot down and said, enough !!
I never dare revolt against my wife so I let go of the paani puri masala !!!
After this sauce was ready I turned of the gas and then put the rice on top of it, then sealed the utensil with a lid applying ISI Tape. It is to be sealed with Atta (dough) actually but I didnt want to make that….
Than took out one earthen tawa and put the vessel on it on slow tempreature and let it cook till every one started screaming for dinner….
When I opened the utensil the biryani’s smell was wonderful….. My wife insisted that I mix the rice with the sauce so the whole biryani turned yellow. Looked wonderful and tasted yummy tooooo !!!!! A lil spicy but that was ok. Served with Curd and Papad.
Every one ate well, I kept looking at how much each one is taking, I asked every one atleast 5 times if its okay !!!! Son mixed lots of curd with it so that it wasnt spicy for him. Every one said the biryani was fine, smiling at my question and that would make me wonder if they all really liked it. I did like it, but generally whatever I make, I can’t find any faults with it.
A lil later I asked if any one wanted ice cream, they all said no…
A lil later while watching the dvd I took out some chikki’s and asked every one if they wanted and they all said no !!!!
I finally thought it seems I made really nice Biryani….. they all ate well and aren’t eating anything else.
Just as the movie, ‘Meet The Fockers’ ( really hillarious ) on the DVD got over at around 11.30 pm, my idiot bro got up saying I am hungry, where is the maggi !!!! and I was left wondering !!!!