A couple of months back...
Me to BigSis: Have you heard of Isaac newton ? Do you know who he is ?
BigSis : Yes, yes, he is the guy who said we should wash our hands twenty times with soap and water to kill germs.
Me: ????? Don't they teach anything at your school ? Newton was a famous scientist...
BigSis: Yes, that is why he said to wash hands !!!
Me, now confused, maybe Newton said something about washing hands after all, who knows: Well, that is fine but more importantly he was the one who explained gravity, apple falling from tree... F=G..blah, blah, blah
Big Sis: Okay...
A few weeks back, little neighbor girl has come over to play.
Me, with my favorite question: Have you heard of Isaac newton ? Do you know who he is ?
Little NG: Uh, Oh
Big Sis very interested : Yes, yes, he is the guy who said we should wash our hands twenty times with soap and water to kill germs.
Me, now exasperated: Didn't I tell you that he was a famous scientist and apple falling from tree...blah, blah...gravity...blah, blah
Little NG: BM Aunty, Yes, apple will always fall down from tree, will not go up but Hand washing with soap and water really kills germs.
Now really who is this guy. Where in the Principia did Sir Newton tell us to wash our hands ? For now I am washing my hands off this and cooking up a chicken stew with loads of vegetables. You do too. A warm bowl to cool a hot mind.
I make a chicken stew(you can make with mutton too) with loads of vegetables every week. Little S loves chicken and this stew, Big Sis at her current stage not so much chicken but still likes the broth part. Every week the vegetables change, the spices change but the stew is always there.Till about 6 months ago I would puree the vegetables like this egg curry. Now I just put everything in the pressure cooker. The aroma is divine. With a hot green chili, it makes a lovely dish even for the adults.
There is no set recipe that I have. I go along with the flow and some week is just better than the other. The spice mix I used a couple of weeks back was different, a bit unusual and I liked it. That is the only reason I am putting the recipe here. Now tell me, what is your child's favorite everyday food ?
Hope you all had a Happy Eid and a lovely Ganesh Chaturthi.
Chicken Stew with Vegetables
The measurements etc. are totally eyeballed, go with your instinct.
Marinate 2-2&1/2lb of whole cut up chicken (skinless with bones) with 1 tsp of Garlic Paste, 1 tsp of Ginger Paste, a little turmeric powder, salt and lime juice
1 tsp of whole Corriander Seeds
1/4 tsp of Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp of Fennel seeds
Make a paste of the
4 cloves of garlic
1" piece of peeled and chopped ginger
Heat Olive Oil or butter in a Pressure cooker or a deep bottomed pan
Temper the oil with a thin 2" stick of cinnamon and 3-4 green cardamom (gently crushed in the mortar)
Add about 1 small onion chopped fine and fry till onion turns brown on the edges. Add the masala paste and 1 chopped tomato. Fry covered till the oil is separating from the masala and the tomatoes are all mushed up.
Add all the vegetables (potatoes, carrots, zucchini, green beans, few leaves of spinach, a beet maybe), sprinkle a little salt and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Next add the marinated chicken pieces and saute till the meat is no longer pink.
Add enough warm water so that the meat and vegetables are fully covered. Add a fistful of fresh coriander leaves.Pressure cook for about 5 minutes at full pressure. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and lime juice. Serve as a soup or with rice.
Note: For grown ups add a couple of hot Indian Green chili for a spicy kick