Tuesday, August 17, 2010

From where it all started....

Okay, so I started a recipe blog and now I have to add recipes... But I didn't get any idea from where to start.. Then I thought let me begin from where I really started... The great "Urulakkizhangu upperi" (Potato stir fry), that to date, can sweep me off my feet and make me fell in love all over again... yes, am still talking about potato.. don't get any other idea... ;)



It happens to be that I was always a food connoisseur.. and I really liked the science behind the yummy things that comes to my plate, mostly from my Amma's hands... So whenever I got a chance, I was always near her spraining my neck to get a good look at the pots and pans on the stove and asking numerous questions of all the things that comes to mind...

Now, let me tell something about my Mom and me... Even though she would let me near her and would explain all the questions, even the silly stupid ones, she never let me do the real cooking.. She will let me do the small stuff, like peeling the onion, getting the curry leaves from the back yard, stir something in the pot, or something like that... But when it comes to cooking the dish by myself, she will say it won't come right or by the time you make it, it will be tomorrow or find some problems in my method.. And by that time, I would have gotten mad and left the kitchen... Kitchen was her kingdom and she never let anybody else rule it, even it was for a few minutes... :)

But one day, the following happened...

Me: Mommy dear...
Mom: hmm.. yes..
Me: Can I make some "urulakkizhangu upperi" ?
Mom: Why do you want to make it now?
Me: Can I make it ..please... and you see I don't like the "Mathi curry"(sardine curry), so I don't have anything else to eat with rice...
Mom: You don't have to eat the "mathi".. you can just have the curry...
Me: But I don't want to... please mommy ..please..
Mom: hmm... Okay, if you want to..
Me: Oh..Thank you... thank you.. So how many potatoes should I use?
Mom: Two.. Use that small ones.
Me: Okay..

And I started peeling them and cleaned them and cut them into very small cubes..

Me: Okay, now what? Shall I boil them or should I first cut the onions and green chillies and then add the potatoes??
Mom: You can do either ways... I usually boil them first..
Me: hmm, Okay.. So can I take this pot.. and how much water should I add?
Mom: Just to cover the potatoes.. not more not less.. By the time the water evaporates they would be cooked and before covering it with lid add some salt and turmeric powder...
Me: hmm, how much salt? Would two teaspoons be enough?
Mom: Don't add that much.. Start with one teaspoon.. Remember that you could add salt later if you find it is less...



Me: hmm.. okay... so now I have to wait for the water to evaporate, rite?
Mom: Yes... you can cut some shallots and green chillies by that time..
Me: how many shallots and green chillies?
Mom: 2-3 shallots and 1-2 green chillies, you can omit this part too as you are adding the spices later...
Me: But I like shallots and chillies in this... So am going to use them...



So, I took shallots and green chillies, sliced them really thin and kept aside... I was checking the potaotes in between and after a few minutes all the water was gone... Then I took another pan, added some oil, when mom saw that she told me not to use that much oil, but anyways, added the shallots and green chillies to the hot oil... stirred them for a few seconds... added some red chilli powder and coriander powder..may be a teaspoon each... stirred it just for a second or two, then added the potatoes to it, switched off the stove and stirred everything so that the potatoes got coated with all the spices... Finally added some chopped cilantro... And Voila! There was infront of me the first curry I ever prepared... lip smacking... finger licking...yum!!



I got so addicted to this, that I made this dish any chance I got.. It is so delicious with just plain rice and curd... And I should warn you that by the time you start really enjoying, you might have been to your second or probably third servings...:)

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