My brother’s family is going overseas tomorrow on vacation. I decided to see my nieces off before they left and made them Peanut Butter Nutella Brownies which turned out great, however I wasn’t too happy with the texture. I’ll need to rework the recipe and post another time. Hanging with my family is always fun. My brother, nieces, and I were going over some old videos of the kids. One video in particular that caught my eye was where all 5 of my nieces (Salena, Jazzy, Sonja, Rhea, Sar) were imitating an Indian serial or Soap Opera. Let me enlighten you on what an Indian serial is – a half an hour soap opera that is overly dramatic and overly emotional. The kids have been exposed to quite a few of these in their lifetime, and hence poking fun at them only comes naturally.
This is how it went… Jazzy (the next door neighbor) knocks on the door, Rhea (the home owner) opens the door, they greet each other with Namaste, and Rhea welcomes Jazzy inside repeatedly. The entire time the kids spoke in an overly exaggerated Indian accent… SIGH! Rhea was married to Salena, who played ‘Baljeet’ (LOL), and often told Baljeet to be quiet as she spoke to her friend. Sonia (Rhea & Salena’s child) was called downstairs to say, “Hi,” to their guest and was then scolded in front of everyone on why she performed so poorly in Math. Oh my Lord! THE D-R-A-M-A! The entire time, Sar, was videotaping the footage.
Art imitates life, and life imitates art. I have to say these kids have some imagination. They essentially mocked a typical scenario of what may go on in a typical Indian household, and I can certainly vouch for that. Me being the cool Aunt found this soooooooooooo hilarious that I couldn’t refrain from laughing out loud… LOL! I had my brother save the videos in the hope of embarrassing the hell out of my nieces at their wedding, or possibly earlier, perhaps a Sweet Sixteen. Wouldn’t that be so fun? Anyway, hopefully you got a kick out of my story by reading it, if not, I guess you just had to be there. 🙂 S-S-S-J-R… love you guys, & JR have a great time on your trip!
This past week I made Aloo Tamatar Gravy. I had some leftovers that I turned into a Pulao (rice pilaf) which literally took about 20 minutes to put together, excluding the time to cook the rice. This is a great way of using up leftovers and turning it into a completely new meal. Here is how I did it…
NUTRITION: Potatoes are a very good source of Vitamin C and are also rich in fiber. Green Peas are a good source of Vitamins B1 & C, Protein, and Iron, and a very good source of Folic Acid and Vitamin B1.
- Leftover Aloo Tamatar Gravy (shown below)
- Basmati Rice – 2 cups (washed & cooked)
- Olive Oil – 1 1/2 tbsp
- Cinnamon Sticks – 2 small pieces
- Bay Leaves – 2
- Cloves – 3
- Cumin Seeds – 1 1/2 tsp
- Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Dry Fenugreek Leaves (MDH Kasoori Methi) – 1 handful (shown below)
- Red Onion – 1 big (sliced)
- Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp
- Coriander Powder – 2 tsp
- Frozen Green Peas – 1 1/2 cups
- Garam Masala – 1 tsp
- salt to taste
1. Here is the amount of leftover Aloo Tamatar Gravy I had.
2. Cook the rice & cool before proceeding.
The remaining steps should be about 20 minutes total.
3. Slice the onion.
4. Heat a wok on medium heat, add oil, once hot, add bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and cumin seeds.
5. Once they sizzle, saute for 10 seconds and add turmeric powder. Cook for 5 seconds.
6. Now add the spoonful of dry fenugreek leaves, rub the leaves in your palm, and release the leaves in the wok.
7. Saute for 5 seconds.
8. Add the onion.
9. Add the red chili powder, coriander powder, and salt.
10. Saute the onions for 5 to 8 minutes or until golden. This is what you should have once you are done.
11. Now add the Aloo Tamatar Gravy from step #1. Combine.
12. Add frozen peas. Combine and cook for about 5 minutes so all the ingredients warm up.
13. Add rice and salt as needed. Reduce to low heat (dial #3).
14. Combine and let this cook for about 5 minutes so all ingredients are cooked through.
15. Add garam masala and turn off the stove. Combine.
TELL ME: Do kids in your family entertain themselves and how?