Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Spinach with black-eyed peas

Among some of the food that brings back warm memories of childhood, my favourites are 'Kubey Mutlin' and 'Valchebhaji ani Guley'.

The lazy cook that I am, I discovered this 'no-grinding required' recipe (I honestly hate involving my food processor in any cooking), which provides results that are just as good.

Spinach with Black -Eyed Peas (Valchebhaji ani Guley)
Serves 6

You will need:-
500 gms of fresh or frozen spinach - roughly chopped
1 and 1/2 cups of dried black-eyed peas - soaked overnight or 2 cans of black-eyed peas
1 medium onion - finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
1 piece of ginger - finely chopped
2 green chillies - Minced
1 large tomato - finely chopped
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp chilli powder - or as per your taste
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
Salt to taste

1 can of coconut milk

Here's how you make it:-
Pressure cook the dried black-eyed peas in sufficient water - 3 whistles should do the trick.
If using the canned variety, just drain and rinse them.

In a large dish, heat oil and fry the onions until translucent. Add ginger, garlic and green chillies and fry a little bit.

Now add all the spices along with salt and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the tomato and fry till the tomatoes are squishy.

Throw in the black-eyed peas along with their cooking liquid, add the spinach.

Add the coconut milk (can use coconut milk powder too) and let it simmer on a low heat for 20-30 minutes.

Check your seasonings. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Bun in the oven

Like any Mangalorean would say, "Amchi laanshi Good News asa ba:)" (we have a little good news)!

BREAKING NEWS: Tauro bébe - edition 2.0 expected in August 2011.

Way back in December, when I saw the two bright red lines on the home pregnancy test kit, I must admit, I wasn't exactly thrilled (the ground beneath my feet shook... I swear!), but now 2 months later, the idea of a new little Tauro does bring a smile to my face :)

Thankfully, unlike the first time, I've been feeling very normal this time around - a little too normal I would say, at times making me wonder if the bun was actually in the oven! But then the ultrasound images and my doc have rubbished all such fears. I pray that things stay that way and the pregnancy is a breeze (wishful thinking eh?).

In love with her beloved 'Baba'
Every morning, as instructed, Chi gives good morning kisses to my stomach and chirps "Hi Baby". She is otherwise clueless about bébé 2. I can only hope my little girl doesn't have too many issues sharing her mama.

In preparation, two days ago we moved Chi along with her cot to her own room. I tried sprucing up her room a wee bit (to make it a little more welcoming but nothing wow worthy) and I must say Chi has settled in pretty well. It is the parents who are having trouble letting go! Our bedroom feels simply too large and empty... I can only imagine how I'm gonna feel the day she leaves home :( (makes me want to cry already!)

Wearing Dada's Tie
I don't know if it's just me, but I feel so bad that Chi will no longer be my only baby. I can't imagine loving another child as much as I love her. I feel she will be forced to grow up and be a big sister at just 2 and a half years of age. I know, I'm being silly but I can't deny that these thoughts do take up room in my idiotic head!

But I guess like making space in our bedroom, I've got to make space in my heart and in my silly head too!