After spending four months in bed, (post-operation) it was time to go back to reality and start leading a normal life. Travelling makes me feel very normal. This time it was home away from home. April was my lucky month when I spend one week with my cousins. I told them my movement would be restricted but it should be fun.
I have had the best times of my life while spending a quality time with my cousins. There are no talks on politics, nor on social issues, nor any filmy gossip, yet yakatti-yak-yak we go on all day, till late nights, driving everybody crazy, talking nonsense, sometimes fun, but the laughter is the main pleasure.
And of course food
Most of the days we dine out but on days when we are too lazy to go out, we go to the kitchen and cook.
It’s fun cooking with cousins. We have done so during our growing up years too. We always met during our summer vacations. During those days, we would try out new recipes from newspapers/magazines plus invent some of our own. Most of our recipes were tried during afternoon hours when it was napping time for adults or during late nights, when we played board games like Carrom-board, cards or Monopoly and then wanted to have some midnight feast.
The age is catching up, energy is betraying too, we are civilized in front of strangers and youngsters but when we are together on our own, we are still kids.
Yes, we are retarded!
We refuse to grow up, I believe age has nothing to do with entertainment and happiness, it’s all about our attitude towards life.
You are as young as you feel.
One such evening, while sitting in the balcony, sipping our evening cup of tea, watching the sky and the playful clouds to match our moods, discussion was on which restaurant to visit, Chinese, Italian or Indian? buffet or a-la-carte,?? or maybe street food……….
My cousin announced that she is cooking chicken at home. There is no arguing when a good cook like her decides to treat us with her cooking skills.
We had a feast that day, Malayasian chicken with rice, so very delicious.
This is how she made
4 chopped onions, thinly sliced
1tbsp garlic, grated
1tbsp ginger, grated
6 green chilies, chopped
6 red dried chilies
2 kg chicken
Salt as required
4tbsp Malaysian Curry powder
50gms coconut milk powder
Coriander leaves for garnishing
Stir-fry chopped onions, garlic, and ginger, green chilies till they are light brown in color.
Add dried red chilies, chicken, salt, cover and let it cook till it starts to stick to the bottom of the pan.
Mix Malaysian Curry powder with water and pour it in the pan, stir and scrape off the masala from the bottom of the pan, stir. Let it cook.
Add curd and tomatoes
Add coconut milk powder dissolved in warm water
Cook till chicken is tender. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve with white rice or butter parathas.