Macbeth and Makai Bhat

Just like the post title says we (P&I) got treats from the Juniors yesterday. It was Parents’ Day for the Children of Class IV at School. I look forward to this day each year with a certain amount of trepidation as we have to meet last minute demands like – “Mummy! I forgot to tell you but I am supposed to put ‘alta‘ on my palms” etc., as though every house should have an alta bottle at home (Oh! we have one now after that first experience. They never tell you this in the childcare manual…..psssst….in fact it is as important as your first aid kit!). My son did not let me down this time – just when I heaved a sigh of relief after tacking the golden tassles on the two ends of the dupatta(?), put away the needle kit to have my coffee in peace before I could eventually go off for work(Ufffff….so much for time management classes – did they not anticipate children in your lives!!), my son returned from school – they were disbursed early today to rest and freshen up for the evening’s program. One look at the dupatta and he says – “Mama, I meant sides – 4 sides!!” But what could a harried Mom do? I pacified him telling it was quite alright, and that nobody would miss the tasssles on one dupatta with so many of them waving on the stage and left home with a burden of guilt.
Needless guilt – for when I returned home to drop him off to school and to get ready to attend the programme, I found that P had taken a half day off, bought more tassles and, he and Jr.H had stapled them on the other two sides. That was the first pleasant surprise for the day. Like I said earlier, this day is a thing we both (the children and us) look forward to – the children (onstage) with huge anticipation, their anxious excited eyes searching for their parents in the audience, and we with eager smiles, and hands ready to shoot up and wave at them when they spotted us! The sheer sparkle that shines in their eyes and the slight curve of the lips upward when they spot us is enough to light up the night sky! Such is the reward of parenting – simple and pure.

It was a great evening. All the kids performed well, were applauded heartily and I was especially proud of Jr.P’s rendering of flawless Shakespearine dialogues, as he was the voice over artiste for the lead character of Macbeth in the play!! The act itself was flawless – I made it a point to congratulate the teacher, and the children! I also loved the expressions of ‘Krishna’ in one of the dances!

The second surprise of the day was yet to come. My daughter had not accompanied us, and I guessed she had a reason for this as it is the first time she has missed Jr.P’s program. I was sure she was planning a surprise but did not expect anything like this……

The pictures are Jr.H’s ideas, not mine – and I was thrilled when I saw them! πŸ™‚

A complete meal (Makai Bhaat) made from a magazine! This is not the first time that she is cooking – she has made dal before, but I have never allowed her to cook without supervision. I have made this too, but my version is rather different from this one.

Makai Bhaat (Corn rice)
Recipe source – The recipe was featured Tarla Dalal’s magazine ‘Cooking and More’. It is a popular dish from the menu card of ‘Swati Snacks’, a small but well known eatery situated at Tardeo, Mumbai. Proprietor – Mrs.Ashaben Zaveri.

(Serves 6)
4 cups cooked basmati rice (She used kolam)
3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup corn kernels
1/2 tsp turmeric powder/haldi
1+1/2 tsp chilli powder (She reduced this)
2tbsp. oil
Salt to taste

The recipe did not mention but Jr.H used mustard seeds, and jeera.

2tbsp. chopped coriander

1. Heat the oil. Splutter mustard seeds, and cumin seeds.

2. Add tomatoes and salt and saute for a few minutes.

3. Add corn kernels and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook over a slow flame till the corn is tender and the water evaporates.

4. Add the turmeric and chilli powders and mix well.

5. Add the cooked and cooled rice and toss gently so that the masala coats the rice evenly without breaking the grains.

Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.

The Makai Bhaat in Swati Snacks is served with hot dabka kadhi.


The best reaction:
I was so thrilled, I called my Mother to update her, and she was shell shocked!! “You have never done such a thing at 12,” was all she said! “I have made that a public declarationnow,” I said. My daughter beamed!
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  1. WOw your daughter mad ethis for you.
    You must be really proud of her.
    Say big cheers from me to you lovely daughter

  2. Aww, that is so sweet of your li’l lady…give her a hug from me πŸ™‚

  3. That is so sweet and she is only twelve, amazing…you really must be very proud of her. Give her a big Thumbs up from me πŸ™‚

  4. Too nice of your daughter,hugs to her.I am waiting for mine to grow up and do that ;).The bhaat is perfect especially with the young loving hands that made this under the wide-open eyes of the worrisome mother.The pix are very well presented too.

  5. oops,I forgot to post this ,Thanks for the alta info.It is not in childcare manual,but I will buy one thanks to you-staplers and tassels are also ready-only my daughter has to grow up thatsall.I am already panicking …

  6. Wow, Girls are amazing , how sweet is it? Big Hug for the Little chef πŸ™‚

  7. Wow, that is soo sweet, I am sure it must have tasted so delcious becos it was made with lots of love for her mummy πŸ™‚

  8. Wow!Your daughter cooked it!!Cho chweet. πŸ™‚
    And junior’s idea on the snaps is awesome too. πŸ™‚

  9. So sweet of ur daughter. You can be really very proud of your kids. Warm hugs to Jr. H
    She has not onlly cooked a yummy dish but has presented it well too. Guess, soon this is going to be ur family blog.

  10. this is a marvelous creation froma 12 year old!!!

  11. wow .. you must be one proud mom right now

  12. thats amazing – the little chef! πŸ™‚ it looks great!

  13. Thanks all!! She read it and is glowing with pride!!

  14. Aah we mothers are so simple..first we keep on training abt good Manners to our kids ,then when they DO good, we feel threefold happiness…one tht they did good,2ndly feeling proud that we taught them so..thirdly when world praises them we go Sobbing(khushi ke aansoo ofcourse) and i wish every mother(ok ok fathers too) should be able to experience such wonderful moments when our kids make us proud.U know wht when my son wins any competition at school or tops in his class and comes home with a certificate or trophy with hyper excitement and that cute big grin….i just can’t control the gush of emotions flowing down from my eyes…nothing in the world could match that happiness ,which we feel when kids makes us feel lady keep enjoying and keep sharing such memorable incidences with us.

  15. The murukku press is not mine .. I got the image from the net. i too have a hindalium thing N i think that works best than any other material

  16. Alka, I think aapne to mere mann ki awaaz sun lee!! I too am the same and imagine – I used to go round telling people nothing can ever make me cry!!

    Deesha, thanks for telling me that:) I guess I will keep making these with the hindalium press!

  17. Wow, what a helpful daughter you have! She has done a great job! Well done! Nice pics too!

  18. very sweet of your daughter to make this for you and she is just 12!! You must have swelled with pride πŸ™‚ Looks yummy. A Pat on her back from me :)Very sweet gesture

  19. very very nice πŸ™‚ she’s taken after me… I’ve been baking since I was 10 and cooking since I was 12 πŸ˜‰

  20. That’s so sweet. What a lovely surpriise to come back home to!!!

  21. wow! You surely need to be proud od her. She has done a wonderful job! And great photos!

  22. Aren’t you just proud of your children, Harini?
    Do tell your daughter that her bhaat looks perfect and I’m looking forward to see more of her cooking here. And your son that the picture looks good.
    You’ve got competition.:D

    And that manual, I would love a copy. I’m thinking there isn’t really one that can help us deal with everything that comes our way!!!

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