Over the time, I have started cooking non vegetarian dishes my way rather than the MIL’s way. Just that she uses too much of oil which I absolutely do not agree to. So there is her version of biryani and my version of biryani. People eating both do not find any difference in taste, though I have got some comments like mine smells better 😛
This is how I do the chicken curry, I do not vouch for the authenticity of it – but this is one easy recipe which does not take much effort and time in the kitchen.
This dish made with the following proportions serves 3.
Marinate 300gms of chicken in 1 tsp of turmeric, 1 tbsp of ginger garlic paste, 1 tsp of red chilli powder, 3 tbsp of curd,1 tsp of salt. Mix well and keep it covered for 20 minutes.
In a pressure cooker, add 1 tbsp oil, 1tsp of garam masala and 2 chopped onions and sauté it for 5 minutes.
Once the onion starts browning, add the chicken with 1/2 glass of water, add 1 tsp pepper powder and a handful of chopped coriander leaves.
Pressure cook it for 2 whistles or until chicken is tender, check for salt and again garnish it with coriander leaves.
That’s it! Chicken curry is ready to be served with phulkas or hot rice.
 If I go to sleep at 1 AM, what should I tell to myself?
( a ) Good morning.
( b ) Good night.
 If a 7:15 bus comes at 7:45, what is more probable?
( a ) The 7:15 bus is late by 30 minutes.
( b ) The 7:15 bus is lost somewhere and the 7:45 one has arrived on time
 On the way back to home from work, I am extremely hungry. I plan to pick some biscuits from the convenience store which is just round the corner. I find the store guys have closed and put up a ‘for sale’ sign. What to feel bad about first?
( a ) The very genial and friendly shopkeeper who let me off every single time when I was short of money
( b ) My rumbling stomach
 The pressure cooker refused to let of the steam all of a sudden. I could not even hear a single whistle. What could be the reason?
( a ) It was preparing itself for a journey to the kabaadiwallah
( b ) One ghost possessed the cooker and was testing me when will I switch off the gas stove.
 One family wedding has to be attended on Thursday and Friday. Tickets are booked and leaves are approved. What should I be more happy about?
( a ) The week ends on Wednesday.
( b ) The wedding food.
 Skype calls are made weekly to the elderly relative who has joined her son on his official visit to the Queen’s Land since 2 weeks. Guess what happens more amongst the elder folks during the video calling sessions.
( a ) Each side giggles a lot seeing how the other side looks in the computer screen
( b ) “Whats the time and weather there” is the most frequently asked question.
The husband is very weird.
Some days, he will not move a muscle even though he sees me slogging off doing all kinds of household chores.
Some days, he will do any and everything before I even open my mouth even though it is not necessary – like making me a cup of hot milk before I doze off.
Festival means food.
Festivals can be celebrated without family and friends, but without lip smacking and yummy food? I don’t think so. Not to think that we did not have the two this Diwali. But the taste of that drumstick and brinjal sambar still lingers, more than the sight of my neighbor’s amused face on seeing me screaming hoarse to the kids during the bursting crackers ceremony.
Shopping can be done in less than half an hour.
Zack’s took 15 minutes. And mine 20 minutes. We stepped out to shop exactly the day before Diwali, since a week earlier a relative had passed away and the mourning period lasted till Thursday. He had some fitting issues with his trousers, we were asked to come after 3 hours for the alterations to be ready. After waiting leisurely for a rava dosa in the crowded hotel and savoring till the last bite, we stepped into a saree store for my shopping. The sarees which I got have been literally envied by the ladies in the clan. I asked Zack to ‘nazar utarofy’ my precious sarees, such intense longing for my clothes I have never witnessed. I was in half a mind to give them to one of them, but then I could not – they were so pretty to let go 😛
ETA : DauntlessDaisy, Smita, TGND and Seena, here are the photos of the sarees 🙂