December 30, 2019 -
I woke up to my alarm ringing incessantly, it was yet another lazy weekend and I rubbed my eyes avoiding the sunlight creeping in through the thick blue curtains. Mustering up some courage, I got out and sat in my veranda appreciating the dark clouds floating all over the sky. Contrary to popular opinion, December rains for me don’t remind me of love long lost, rather they seem to fill me with a nostalgia for childhood aromas of Ammi jan’s pakora curry and Khala’s special white curry goshtaba recipe.
Unfortunately, for now, I had to take charge of my own kitchen and I rarely manage to find adequate time to fulfill these food cravings from the past between a 9-5 job of mine. To give myself the pleasure of a sense of accomplishment, I decided that cooking was the perfect medium to do so. I’m not exactly what you’d call a great cook so I knew making ammi’s simplest recipe would be a task enough for me already. It reminded me of nights when maa would dive into the kitchen after we’d come back home late after shopping.
Ammi Jan’s quick Zeera Aloo Recipe to rescue!
Aloo ke Bujiya or zeera aloo has always been a favorite in my family; the special ingredient “nutty zeera” always brings an added crunch to the soft potatoes.
For me, the epitome of comfort food is to literally provide comfort, it shouldn’t require much effort anyway.
- Red pepper
- Fresh Coriander( dhaniya)
- Green Chillies
- Quickly slice some potatoes, heat some oil in the pan and allow it to simmer for 3 minutes.
- Add salt, cumin (zeera) and some red pepper flakes to the potatoes
- Cover the pan, which ensures combating the hardness of the potatoes.
- Leave the potatoes for 20 minutes, afterwards which I garnish them with freshly cut coriander and green chilies, lastly whirl it gently.
- And yes your zeera aloo is ready!
“Perfect afternoon with my comfort food!”
Living up to my legacy of being lazy, I decided against making a fresh chapatti and instead opted for my all-time go to frozen rotti. The aroma of the crispy potatoes instantly elevates my mood and incorporating the song ‘Photograph’ by ‘Ed Sheeran’ into the picture makes for a perfect afternoon indeedJ
This is what I call a perfect weekend-When I achieve a sense of accomplishment, and take a walk down the memory lane to merrier timesI