Among the two of us, he’s the better cook. Mostly because he chooses to do that while I’m more of a takeouts/eat outside person. I love home cooked food though, it’s just that our cooking is pathetic and I love eating. I just don’t feel full after a crappy meal. Anyway, his point, which is a valid one, is that we won’t learn unless we try. So we started practicing the basic stuff in his kitchen sometimes. I’d mostly be the one who chops vegies, cleans dishes or does the other sidekick stuff. He’d do the actual cooking.We made a lot of disastrous stuff before we finally got the hang of making something edible. But even then, everything we made tasted exactly the same! All the curries (and we only did make curries) had identical flavor. Only recently, we could make things differently. The key is to cook for more time, let the flavors interact and dissolve. And not add corns and peas in everything! 😛
So last Saturday, after he made me breakfast, he had to go away for the afternoon. I stayed back at his place instead of going back to mine, and decided to try some independent cooking as a surprise. 😉
He had mentioned a couple of days back that he wanted to try making aloo(potato) capsicum since we never made it yet. So that’s what I decided to make. Luckily for me, it turned out to be awesome! Seriously, one of the best things to come out of our kitchen! Yay!
Thanks to him, cooking doesn’t scare me anymore. Every weekend, since last couple of months we have been trying something. And now, I feel pretty satisfied after every such meal too! It’s so much more healthier too! We end up making curries out of weird combinations of veggies and it’s fun to taste the outcome!
So here’s the simple recipe in pictures, enjoy! If you end up trying it, let me know if turned out to be just as juicy and tangy like mine! 🙂
Boil ’em potatoes and peel ’em too. You know because they are sort of harder then capsicum and other stuff. You could cook them a bit longer, but you run the risk of ending up with half cooked, bland potatoes. So safer route.
On the side, prepare something called a ‘puree’. Basically grind tomatoes, garlic, ginger and what not. I added some nuts too.
When all this is over, take some oil and heat it up. Add some jeera (cumin seeds) too.
When it starts smelling nice, you know the seeds have had enough. Add the chopped up onions for company. Let the two mingle, until the onions are brownish. Then add the puree. I don’t have a picture for that, because ah, well, when you add the cool cool puree in this hot hot pan, things jump out of it and can burn you a little. No time to go near and take a picture. Just mix it all up and be careful nothing sticks to the pan.
Then add the chopped capsicum. And all the spices you have! 😛 Seriously, I went crazy. Salt, chili powder, coriander power, amchur (dry mango powder) for tanginess, turmeric etc etc.
Then, when everything is mixed up nicely, add the potatoes and some curd (optional).
Mix everything up & stir for sometime. Now add some water, just enough to cover everything up an let it cook.
You can stir a little, to make sure everything is okay. Mostly, because it makes you really feel like you’re a great chef or something. 😀 The end result is something like this. Cover it up and leave it to cool down. And that’s it!
Fairly easy, and in between the whole process I also managed to cut some fruits because that’s something we both love love love. No meal should start without them!
I’m getting better! 🙂