M's summer break started almost 2 weeks ago. In anticipation, I bought tons of arts/crafts stuff for her. I bookmarked a few short summer camps/classes that she could go to (tennis, theater kinda stuff). We went to the library and picked out many books. And she has had many play dates with one of her friends. She has been "helping" me in the kitchen or experimenting on her own. Not to forget, her TV time. You'd think that's a lot going on, right? Despite all the stuff and activities, she complained of boredom (and here I was, all proud of myself for coming up with so many things!) and last week asked if there weren't any fun summer camps around that she could go to! And how about I check with S's school to see if they had any. That way, when he cried, she could be there to take care of him! (Every now and then, the big sis love happens. For the most part though, she finds him annoying!). She likes having people around, that kid and only me & her was just not cutting it. Long story short, she started her summer camp this week. In S's school (and without having caught as much as a glimpse of him while there, of course :) And 2 days down, still loving it. If we were in that fab community of ours in BLR, it would have been a totally different story - with me having to persuade her to join a camp, do something, anything, apart from playing with her gang of friends all day.
Here is a curry I made with cauliflower. Many of my lengthier curries are usually offshoots of this curry, as this gobi masala is too.
1 small cauliflower, cut into florets and cleaned
1/2 cup milk (or some cream)
1/4 cup tomato puree
Whole garam masala (bay leaves, 2 cardamoms, 3-4 cloves, 2 small cinnamon sticks)
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp kasuri methi
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp sugar (optional)
1 tbsp oil, divided
salt to taste
To grind 1:
1 medium onion, chopped
To grind 2:
1 tbsp raisins
Soak almonds, cardamoms and raisins in warm water for 15 minutes and grind to a paste using a little water.
Fry chopped onion in about a tsp of oil, until brown. Let cool and grind to a smooth paste.
In a pan, heat the remaining oil and fry the whole garam masala in it for about 30 seconds.
Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for at least a minute on medium.
Add the nuts-raisins paste, red chilli powder and turmeric and saute for a minute more.
Add the cauliflower florets, milk, the onion paste and salt to taste.
Mix well. Cover and cook on low until the cauliflower is cooked through.
Mix in the tomato puree and kasuri methi and cook on low for another 4-5 minutes.
Finish with garam masala or KK masala.