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……
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.
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)
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.
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!