Masala Chai

Who starts off a cooking series screaming she is terrible at it and ultimately shares her wisdom in the art?


Rewind to kitchen escapades#1 , you’d know how I took Chef Gasteau ‘s words seriously , ‘Anyone can cook’ and chanced upon the making of an edible seafood dish.

A year later and still only a dish up my sleeve , I have decided to master the sacred art of cooking. This decision was not taken lightly, the fact that I need to eat when I am in a foreign land with my mom a thousand miles away hit me like lightning and I proceeded to learn the names of the ‘thingies’ in the kitchen.

Long story short,I decided to start off with the much familiar(to you, not me) technique of making tea because who would survive without tea,not me.

Half a cup of milk and half a cup of water on the stove brought to a boil, a tea spoon of tea powder and some, a tablespoon of sugar stirred in and voila, you have tea.

To elevate this so called regular tea into something out of this world, try my recipe, I assure you its EDIBLE, has strong flavour and does that magic only tea can do to your senses.

Recipe for one:

1. Pour half a cup of milk and half a cup of water in your tea pot.
2. Place this on the stove and switch it on. ( This is very important)
3. Add a clove, a pinch of cinnamon or a tiny piece of the cinnamon stick and a cardamom split open to the mixture.
4. Let it boil.
5. Once it starts foaming up, switch to low flame, add one teaspoon of tea powder and one tablespoon of sugar as you so wish in the boiling mixture.
6. Let it sink in.
7. Switch off the stove
8. Sieve the mixture into a cup
9. And voila, you have that cup of tea fleeting aromatic masala notes into your splendid nasal sensors.
10. Now, drink. 😛



Kitchen Escapades #1

I have had my share of trysts in the kitchen. I could be best described to you in the word of Linguini from Ratatouille , “And you’re thin…for someone who loves food”. The savory aroma wafting through the kitchen has seldom not seduced me .

The kitchen was a war zone with  amachi yelling “don’t do that”, mom yelling “don’t do that”, my aunts yelling “don’t do that”, dad yelling “don’t do that” and the lot of us kids whipping up ‘manna’. Suffice to say that none of the stuff was edible and more than once, we served it to unsuspecting guests (with good intentions, obviously).

They say that too many cooks spoil the broth, I guess that’s what happened. But I have never ever given up. Failure is the stepping stone to success. Even though my chocolate cake turned out to be just char , my biscuits brittle, my custard burnt, my rasam was not rasam, my pancakes looked like crepes, and my coffee way bitter,I had never given up.

In the words of Chef Gasteau, I found my motivation, his motto read, “Anyone can cook”. All I had to do was follow a recipe online. “If it says  boil two cups of salt, you boil two cups of salt”.That’s about it.

I had to be cautious. The kitchen was dangerous territory. People didn’t even trust me to make instant noodles,the last time I made it , it was too watery.Not my fault though. The pan was too large. Heck, they didn’t even trust me to boil water properly . But all that was about to change!

It was a fine morning and I decided to enhance my culinary skills. 😀  There was finely cut kingfish in the freezer. I mixed up some powdered pepper with a bit of salt and marinated the fish. After some time, I chopped up shallots,chillies, garlic and ginger, mixed them all together and squeezed a lemon into the mixture and strew half of the mixture onto the baking tray and gently placed my beautiful piece of fish onto it. I strew more of the mixture onto my fish and squeezed half a lemon onto it.Put’em in the oven, set the temp to high, time to 4 mins and waited patiently.  And just about three minutes past, a divine smell strode in and “tickled  my nostrils as the nostrils of Jehovah were tickled by the burned offerings of the virtuous Semites”.

It wasn’t burnt. It wasn’t bitter. It was edible. And sure enough, it was amazing, it was perfect, and the best way that I had ever ate fish!