"Amma, I have a boyfriend!" declared Little M, when I went to pick her up from school last week. This was not something I wanted to hear for preferably at least 20 years.
"Is that right, honey? Who is he?" I asked, not showing my surprise nor amusement.
"I'm not gonna tell you!" Now why on earth she thought it was something not to be told is yet to be figured out.
"OK then. Don't tell me. But do you think you can show me who he is?"
Pointing to a kid, half her size. "Sure! There he is!" Bingo!
How sweet it is that they can be so easily manipulated :) Not for long, I know!
So anyway, turns out she "does not like boys" but this fellow is "nice to talk to and he is a boy". Ergo, boyfriend! :)
I've been preparing some of my regular dishes in the microwave these days. Here is a quick bhindi fry. The pav bhaji masala can be substituted with red chili powder + garam masala powder.
Okra - 500 gms, ends trimmed & slit lengthwise
Onions - 2 medium, sliced thin
1 tsp each - cumin powder, coriander powder, chickpea flour (besan)
1/2 tsp each - turmeric powder, pav bhaji masala
1 tbsp oil
A few dashes of Kitchen King masala (optional)
salt to taste
In a microwave safe bowl, mix onions and the oil. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until slightly browned.
Add in all the powders, except the besan and garam masala. Mix in the sliced bhindi and salt. Microwave on high for another 3 minutes.
Add besan and cook for another 5-6 minutes.
Remove from oven and add a few dashes of KK masala.
Serve with rotis.