A beautiful story by Meera Syal , a story of a punjabi Indian family trying to make a living and uphold tradition and culture and imbibe whatever little they can to their star , anita. The novel takes us on a journey with a young 9 year old Meera , her color , her friends , her growing up in a mining village, west Midlands , england in a predominantly white community. She comes to worship Anita , her neighbor . The novel speaks about certain characters having strong racist attitudes . For me , her grandmother’s character was the most adorable. reminded me of mine.
Having said that , we wanted to make something which reminded us of Punjab, but at the same time wanted to steer clear of the usual punjabi dishes , so we opted for this beautiful , colorful and awesome Gobi and Paneer bhurji , a recipe by Tarla dalal , which we adapted to our palate. The original recipe called for garam masala , but we decided to opted for Khara( whole) masala.
3 cup of grated cauliflower
1 cup of crumbled paneer
1 cup of diced tomatoes
1 medium sized red onion
For the masala :
1/2 inch cinnamon
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon shah jeera
4 cloves of garlic
4 Green chillies
A few sprigs of cilantro for garnish
A pinch of turmeric
Salt , Oil to taste
1. you know the drill, heat oil/butter/ghee , add turmeric and add the whole masala ingredients , saute for a minute , add the cloves , minced onion ,garlic, green chilles and saute until the raw smell disappears. Then add the tomatoes , salt and cook until done.
2. Add the grated cauliflower and cook for a good 15 minutes or until the gobi is done. add the paneer and cook for another 5 minutes. sprinkle coriander and serve hot with roti!I served mine as a side with rotis and a green salad.
P.S. Apologies for not posting the Basil Mania yet, I will do it tomorrow. I have been tied up with a lot of things lately which forced me to keep away from blogging. Please excuse me and I will surely post the round up tomorrow. Also , I have not replied to any mails , extremely sorry dear friends, will write to you asap.