Monday, 13 May 2019

FRAGRANT CHANA DAL RICE O MICROWAVE E MURGIR PATLA JHOL



The kind of platters my men love is what you see above. I definitely can prepare such combinations at least 4-5 days a week if only they had the salad servings and a bowl of raita with love. One will have the raita and chopped cucumber too in it, the other will not touch salad or raita. So, I feel better if I mash all the Bengali kinds of vegetables with dal and feed them,  I am not at guilt if I serve them meat and fish of their choice. Last Thursday, I got so perfectly sized "parshe".... small and fresh..... felt very lethargic to get them.... I will cook and I have to eat. The husband and his mother does not like this fish..... not because it is more of an "adeshio maach" but because they only love fleshy fish with lots of fat. They call themselves "Bangal" but are so limited when it comes to very "Bangal... kochu-ghechu, bata-buti"...... I have no interest in the fight, I do enjoy "parshe to bati chocchori to 'nuchi o bonde' everything".... Yes, when some "adeshio" take a dig on us saying our forefathers used to fake about their belongings back in their country of origin, it hurts immensely. Then I think how can they even feel what being an "udbastu" mean.... getting uprooted from your own land and living as beggars in other's home with an extra dose of warnings day and night that you are unwanted here is a severe pain that only who suffers can feel.... the rest can say anything and everything.... we do not  have to pay tax for what we say! I never wished to be a part of all these, may be it has become irrelevant too in the present day scenario. Even before I started dating Bossy, my mother told me "adeshio barir cheleke pochondo korey boshish na, oder sangey amader thik khap khaina"..... I got married to a "Bangal" family who so lack "bangalotto" except for the lingo spoken by the family veterans, they have not eaten "shutki maach until a neighbour fed them some 30 years back ba bele maacher gurguri ba bayin maach".... Since I am not so interested in the divide, I prefer to share today a recipe like this vegetarian & non-vegetarian combo meal FRAGRANT CHANA DAL RICE O MICROWAVE E PATLA MURGIR JHOL. This definitely is not from my mother's kitchen and why should I at least today? Did not I bring up my brother as my elder son? Is he not his mother's son? I saw some mothers yesterday going to the extent of giving such captions on their posts.... "sharing the joy today with all the mothers of daughters".... At times their attitude, behaviour makes me feel  may be they wished for a male child just as we wished for a girl.... the husband even named the unborn "Sabrina"..... Later he told me that we will remain happy with a son, our friends' daughters we have to cuddle. These girls who does male bashing or discriminate a male child openly need males often, they perhaps lack a wise person like my husband in their life who consoled me saying we have so many daughters around. My son comes first to me you all know, if you are not nice to him, I cannot be to you but I usually do not discriminate kids. Being a girl myself, I knew / know what the girls had / have to face on the road, in the train, in the bus! Anyway, on a Mother's Day, I reserve most of my feelings for some of my dearest people who could not bore a child.... they do feel very much left out on such a day.... I find it very difficult to be cautious enough not to hurt them, love for your child is so natural but... but... but not wanting a child or not being able to bear one is not a crime.... reasons can be manifold.... I have the guts to tell my mother that holding her tongue is a necessity, many girls  or boys cannot or do not wish to have a child. Some apparent feminists around are so much of a pet of their mother that they even ignore their father.... I am watching this for decades now. I do not know the structure of any family but wise enough to understand this simple thing.... if my mother has sweated, spent her precious drops of blood for us.... I have seen her struggle, did not my father catch S10 or travelled to Chetla from DumDum changing train at Sealdah for us with his arthritic legs.... come on even the sperm was his both time, not of her girl friends'.... My beloved Bidisha's father comes to Birati from Park Circus to his factory everyday, do you think on his own will? My paa-in-law goes to the market, serves tea and food to the wife till date, looks after the daughter's and son's needs too!

So, for the woman or her friends who formed special cells.... oh sorry! I meant groups for "daughter's mothers".... here is a toast for you, a vegetarian main with a non vegetarian side FRAGRANT CHANA DAL RICE O MICROWAVE E MURGIR PATLA JHOL, else I had a very good mutton fat recipe to share  today. I am unwilling to share a post on paneer or mutton liver".... "this home's chele aar maa kind of"..... "bisesh dingulo te chele athaba meye je kono kichu niye matamati korata bhul"... in fact, a boy's mother has to mete out more responsibilities towards the society, I will not repeat my grandmother and say, "shonar angti abar baka kisher".... I would rather prefer to replicate her and her eldest daughter's recipes with "pat shaak".... hold on, sooner.... anyway, people have on their blogs already. Chicken had to go for sure today, I had to tell some people that I usually do not discriminate between a boy or a girl unless it is my boy's birthday or any such occasions.... I do not even make him public because I do not want it, he is not giving me any hope to go ahead with a very public post next year, some boys and girls will score 45 / 45 or 44 / 45 in his class.... I do not see happiness showering at this home, the marriage is on the rocks on this particular issue. I did not want our son to have my brain, the Almighty listened..... I did not want my son to be as casual a guy as his father, lacking severely the tenacity to study, the Almighty did not listen. I really never have seen a father like T, his son's happiness is his concern, not my wish! Leave that, let us come to the "daughter-mother group" created yesterday "functionally"..... was in practice for long! I am not the one who is in the habit of oiling anyone for my personal benefit. I know I am a girl and cannot be anything but nice to another girl even if some have not so good vives towards my pride. I definitely am unable to give it back tight, but yes I can limit my accessibility to them because the hurt is immense, the scenario is not virtual, hence the expectation is higher! I am not Godly you know and I am not even including the blogging world in to this.... we are doing the same job.... gifting our readers unique or very simple recipes. 

Last Saturday saw me totally collapsed. I finished my cooking and took shower around 7:30pm, then cooked the chana dal rice with boiled Bengal gram dal and basmati around 8:30 pm.... The initial plan was a "cholar dal er pulao".... got very tired and went for the easier method of straining the starch from the cooked rice and go ahead. I have seen this recipe somewhere, just forgot all about the source. The light chicken curry in the microwave really proved great for me, I could have it and liked it. It is so hassle free to make it but obviously not a cheaper option.... adds more to your electric bill. You see, I am very happy to be engaged in what I enjoy doing, that is cooking. Because my men do not listen to me, I prefer doing what I enjoy! Saturdays I get very late because I click too ... see I changed the pictures of two of my earlier blogposts!



 These keep me going, I think I spend a better time than sitting together and back biting each other royally. Its way better to fight with the husband on a lost battle, "Boss, ami kintu ebar next ek bochorer jonyo husband exchange programme er bigyapon debo".... "you are welcome" prompt is the answer! "tar maney? shobai Partha Dey hoye jonmai na bossy, bhetorey jader chokmoki pathor achey ghoshe-meje tairi kortey hoy tader.... tui tar bodoley ekta ugropanthi baniye dili cheletakey"..... Then I find a true friend of T in a Partha Dey and Madhuchanda Dey Ghosh, off course their daughter was supposed to be a rank holder at IG level and be featured in Times Of India by now but she did not , who according to my wish or by default should be a top rank holder in JNU at least .... but the parents are less bothered and travel every 3 months, travelling right now. I definitely will not convey the news to my husband, I do not want to see him happy"..... Come let us have a feast!




INGREDIENTS FOR THE FRAGRANT CHANA DAL RICE :

BENGAL GRAM DAL : 1SMALL TEA CUP
BASMATI RICE : 1COFFEE MUG
CASHEW NUT : 8-10
RAISIN : 10-15
CINNAMON STICK : 3-4 HALF FINGER LENGTH
GREEN CARDAMOM : 3-4
BLACK CARDAMOM : 1
STAR ANISE : 2
CLOVE : 4-5
BAY LEAF : 3-4
CHOPPED GREEN CHILLI : 1TBSP
SALT : AS REQUIRED
SUGAR : 2TBSP
TURMERIC POWDER : 1/2TSP
GHEE / CLARIFIED BUTTER : 2TBSP
OIL : 3-4TBSP

INGREDIENTS FOR THE CHICKEN IN MICROWAVE :

CHICKEN : 1KG [MEDIUM CUT, SKIN OFF]
ONION PASTE : 2-3TBSP [EXTRACT IF YOU WANT EVEN LIGHTER A CURRY]
GARLIC EXTRACT : 2-3TBSP
GINGER EXTRACT : 2-3TBSP
SLITTED GREEN CHILLI : 4-5
RED CHILLI POWDER : 2TSP
TURMERIC POWDER : 1TSP
CUMIN POWDER : 1/2TSP
CORIANDER POWDER : 1TSP
BEATEN PLAIN YOGURT : 2TBSP
LEMON JUICE : 2-3TBSP
OIL : 2-3TBSP [IF YOU ARE USING SKIN ON CHICKEN PIECES, SKIP THE OIL PART TOTALLY]


PROCEDURE :

See I forgot to click the individual pictures, it was a Saturday night man and I had to write a long mail to someone with a proof that I took my shower at 7:30pm, that I look younger when I colour my greys, that my crow's feet are so visible, that I am you ditto when it comes to train my son but he is not like yours'.... so I weep most of the time! "yeh ek ajeeb sa relason mein fas gayi main yaaron, yaarana hai, abhiman bhi".... Oh yes, My friends range from the youngsters to the old, it is at my discretion!

Do not let me talk further. So for the flavourful chana dal rice, I washed and soaked the rice  for 30 minutes, cooked it in enough boiling water until 70% done. I strained immediately.



Even before, we will soak the Bengal Gram Lentil in hot water for 2 hours. Then we will boil it with little salt and turmeric until 80% done.  We will reserve the water to use later in a different dish, we will not require it now.






The cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamoms green and black, cloves are to be crushed lightly.




Heat the ghee and oil together in a wok. Temper with the crushed whole spices and the bay leaves.

Add the cashew nuts.




As the cashew nuts turn light brown, add the raisins, stir.



Add the boiled Bengal Gram, chopped green chillies and stir for a minute.




Add the salt and sugar and stir for a minute. Add half of the rice and stir very gently.



Now use two ladles to mix the content well. We are done.




For the chicken, many years back I did try it in microwave back in Kolkata. It took a lot of time and I lost interest. Here the chicken variety is very soft, one reason why I do not like it. I do not wish to leave eating it either. I casually tried last month and woh I loved the curry, light and tangy like our "robibarer jhol".... I really enjoyed doing and having it.

We will marinate the chicken with all the ingredients in a microwave proof bowl and keep aside for 1:1/2 hours to 2 hours covered.



We will microwave it at 450*C for 10 minutes, covered with a microwave proof plate. We will take out and stir.






Repeat the process. Take out and stir.



Now microwave covered at the highest temperature for another 10 minutes. We are done. How cool is that?



Enjoy the platter with pickle, salad and raita!



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