Are you reminded of certain just when you are cooking? Songs that set off a string of memories? I am.
I have many many such songs on my lips, and in my mind, but my favourite always date back to my childhood. It was a Hindi children’s’ film from the black and white days, involving the adventures of two orphaned siblings. The song goes this way;
Roughly translated, a hungry little boy sings out to his sister asking her to serve supper as hunger gnaws at his stomach. It is a happy song though the lyrics might not reflect that.
From then on, my sister and I would sing the song whenever we wanted supper much to my mother’s irritation. Children like repetitive music. Adults seem to hate them. We got rid of the habit as we grew up, and I forgot the song till one day when my daughter was little, and crying, I involuntarily started to sing it. Now they sing, and I am the one who is irritated. Mostly because I have to really hurry up then.
When I am hurried a salad of this sort is welcome. It’s quick to cook and the children like it.
The ‘cauliflower salad’ is a concocted recipe that always works well.
Recipe : Cauliflower salad
Cauliflower (grated in a large eyed grater) – 2 cups
Salt and lime juice to taste
Coriander for garnishing
Jeera for seasoning
1 green chilly – chopped fine.
1 tsp. oil
Grate the flowerets. Heat oil, add zeera. Add green chillies, followed by cauliflower.
Saute lightly for about a minute till cauliflower turns aromatic, just cooks but remains crunchy.
Add salt, and coriander. Mix lightly.
Squeeze half a lime to lend it a tang. (Optional)