Wooed with food

2 things have made me very happy in less than 24 hours.

First, Zack came home early by 2 hours. Usually he comes home by 11, but yesterday I was more shocked than surprised to see him home at 9. When I asked him why was he grinning, I got the oh-god-let-me-bang-my-head-on-the-wall answer, “After so many months, I will finally get to see whats happening in the TV serial”

Second, today morning when I fixed him his favorite maida dosa for his breakfast, he remarked – “Visha, you can replace my mom in the cooking department. The taste in food is exactly like hers”. I countered – “I have my own cooking style.” “Oh yes you do, but in your dishes. The kind of food my mom makes – you have matched that. You are turning out to be a better cook day by day”.

Overlooking the fact that this guy hardly spends the days at home, I went into flashback mode thinking what made him say this.

Since the elders in the family have gone for a pilgrimage to North India, it’s just the both of us since Thursday. The nephew was with us till Saturday night and he is a maha-choosy guy, in the eating department. Our family loves oil and fried food like anything. And this guy hates oil like anything. Why I asked. Because I will get pimples, he said. But that is natural for a 19-year old, I replied. His answer – my college starts Monday and I don’t want to attend my new semester with a pimple on my face. I was speechless when I heard that. He usually resorts to curd rice or rasam when we make nice full meals. Β 

Thinking how could I make this guy veer away from his staple diet, I made a plain kurma with a side dish on Saturday. And methi roti for Friday night. The nephew ate both peacefully. On Sunday, Zack’s friends had come visiting in the evening. Two newly married couples. Now you cant be working in your room when your friends come visiting you, right? So Zack had no option but to stop doing his office work πŸ˜€

Time flew and suddenly we were staring at the clock with hungry stomach. Letting the guests chat away, I quickly made them aloo paratha and a capsicum sizzler. It was met with an enthusiastic response, with the hubby feeling proud of this wife.

So this is the reason – I am meeting approvals from the unlikeliest corners, my nephew( the maha-choosy guy), his friends( they don’t mince words when food is bad πŸ˜‰ ) and hubby himself( who needs every dish to be perfect) in the food department. Who thought using less than 5 ingredients can give you a good cook label πŸ˜›

Now I wish to share my happiness. Here is the recipe of capsicum sizzler. You can have it as-is or with hot chappatis.


Capsicum – 1
Tomato – 1
Onion(big) – 1
Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
Salt as per taste


  1. Β Julienne the onion, capsicum and tomato.
  2. In a kadai , heat 1 teaspoon of oil and add cumin seeds. When they start giving tiny splutters, add the onion.
  3. Keep tossing them while catching the quick glance on how the hungry souls are faring.When the onions turn slightly golden, put in the tomatoes. Stir fry on high for 3 minutes..
  4. When you observe the tomatoes turning slightly mushy, throw in the capsicums.
  5. After a minute of stirring, add the red chilli powder and salt, stir for 5 minutes – tada, sizzler is ready! Call the people around to pounce on it.

In case you wonderful people try it out and it does not come well, kindly let me know. I will come and make it for you πŸ™‚

59 thoughts on “Wooed with food

  1. Ok, I am going to try this tonight πŸ™‚
    Thank you for adding the link for “Julienne” I was wondering what it means πŸ™‚
    So Is the way to a mans heart through his stomach? πŸ˜€

  2. Congratulations and celebrations with more yummy delights πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    I liked this quick to make, crisp, sizzling, smart recipe (for you thought of making at the time it was most needed πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ )
    I won’t try the recipe for I am getting a free master-chef to pamper me, —> YOU
    **I hope am first to comment so that others have to wait for the masterchef to come and visit them**

    • 😯 😯 so many comments before mine??? 😯 😯 I am very angry with my Google Reader …..but am still the first to ask the masterchef out (to my home)….yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy πŸ˜‰

      • haha…the reader is a bit late to update πŸ˜‰

        My principal-chef, I will definitely come to your home…while you make this dish, I will play with Pari πŸ˜›

    • This could have been a disaster ME…I never attempted this before…just put together whatever I could think would taste good..

      Oh no ME..stop pulling my leg πŸ˜›

      By making this if I am a master-chef, I will call you the principal-chef..you whip up a variety of dishes re πŸ™‚

      **No, you cant cheat here ME…nahi chalega…first make it, if and only if it does not turn out well, I will make it for you**

    • nah re Jas..what to impress..and whom to impress πŸ˜‰ they have to eat whatever I make no…hungry ones do not have any other option πŸ˜†

      to our surprise it worked very well. Actually, you can add onion raita too…wonderful taste it gives πŸ˜‰

  3. Wow so many dishes already !!! Way to go Visha !!!
    What a hearts winning spree u are on πŸ˜€
    I learnt that recipe from my akka (sis-in law) and you can make a chinese version too without the cumin and adding in soy, and a dash of ur fav sauces and paneer/mushrooms ! I actually make Egg masala that way πŸ™‚

  4. Oh, I love such dishes Visha πŸ™‚ make it jhat phat and tastes like chamak challo! πŸ™‚

    I loved this post for obvious reasons – food food and your success at it πŸ™‚ yay! *Pats back, salutes and gives a big Munnabhai jhappi *

    Arey, your maha-choosy nephew makes me laugh πŸ˜› sorry but I kind of found it a bit cute when he said he doesn’t want to go to a new sem with pimple. So so teenagish no?

    I just stocked up my fridge the night before and sowill try this, THIS weekend πŸ˜› and it will make its way into foodie chronicles πŸ™‚

    • yep…its like banao jhat-pat and niklo fatafat from kitchen πŸ˜†

      I will give you Circuit style jhappi πŸ˜›

      you love the nephew..wait..I will let him know

      yay…lets see how this dish turns up with you.. πŸ™‚

  5. wow.. i am still waiting to get good compliment from my hubby for my cooking,, dish sounds really simple.. will try it this weekend..
    //β€œAfter so many months, I will finally get to see whats happening in the TV serial”// LOL..

  6. How sweet! The recipe sounds wonderful and for someone like me, it’s perfect!
    The ‘how sweet’ was for how you offered to cook for everyone in the end of the post πŸ™‚

    • Glad u liked it DI πŸ™‚

      These were just-married couples eager to share their shaadi ki kahaani and all..so I let them be at their own πŸ˜‰

    • Oh yeah..will mail you…

      Sumi…I want to reply to your comment to mine in the ‘Lazy Sunday’ post of yours..but I am not able to..apparently, when I click on the ‘Reply’ button, nothing happens. Some javascript error 😦

      • Yeah it keeps happening sometimes with blogger. That’s why I couldn’t reply to your comment sooner. It should fix itself after a while. πŸ™‚

  7. I loved the tip there in 3rd step…a quick glance at the hungry souls πŸ˜‰

    I’ll try this sizzler and hey we can add paneer too if we have it handy πŸ™‚ and yes corns? wow I’m already making it mentally πŸ™‚

  8. Super Visha.. πŸ™‚ I love this capsicum recipe… something that my mom prepares.. for some reason, I dont prepare this much here.. must give it a try.. simple and tasty no?

    And what???? You quickly made aloo parathas? Awesome!! I have never got perfect aloo parathas till now.. *shamelessly accepting failure* πŸ˜€

    LOL on Zack telling – “After so many months, I will finally get to see whats happening in the TV serial” πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    • Oh yeah GB, it wont take much time too πŸ™‚

      Tell me how the parathas came out ok πŸ˜‰

      What to do pa, of all the things he can look forward to if he is early, it is some stupid daily serial…sigh…

  9. LOL β€œAfter so many months, I will finally get to see whats happening in the TV serial” πŸ™‚ Was your husband missing the TV serials??

    The capsicum sizzler seems very simple! Will try it someday πŸ™‚

    • He was absolutely glued to the prime time shows when work was normal. So more than thinking about his wife, he thought about the shows which he could catch up since he was early πŸ˜€

      Yes, please do πŸ™‚

  10. I find your comment at all blogs I visit , so thought of coming over ..

    now 2 good things in a single day that is amazing.. but then if he did come at 9, early dont tell me you let him watch those silly tv serials πŸ™‚

    and the recipe looks yummmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    • That means we have a mutual favorites, hai na πŸ˜‰

      well, you have visited me earlier BM, so I am not gonna do the traditional welcome here πŸ˜›

      haha..there was no choice since he was hungry, when we were having dinner he watched the serials…

      do try out the recipe someday πŸ™‚

      P.S Glad you are here, I am awed by the sheer number of readers you have πŸ™‚

    • Wah..right timing then πŸ˜‰

      πŸ™‚ how about a joint one at that? I have to leave now, will write to you about that tomorrow dear..have a good evening… πŸ˜‰

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  12. Sometimes, simple home food does the trick. πŸ™‚

    Yay to you winning the hearts of everyone with your food. πŸ™‚ Food is indeed a way to connect people, at least in India. πŸ™‚

    The recipe sounds simple and yummy. Never tried it before. Will try it out soon. Thank you so much!

    LOL @ I will get to see what is happening in my favourite TV serial after so many months! Same story here! πŸ˜€

    • Yes, thats why we have food in every small and big occasion and meetings πŸ˜‰

      Let me know how it turned up πŸ˜‰

      Et tu TGND πŸ˜† Men….sigh!!

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