Monday, July 27, 2009

Cooking is an art

They say “Men who say they don’t know cooking; consider their wives as slaves. And women who pretend negligent to cooking are dominant wives.”

Hmm I don’t want to get into the first category; neither my roommates. We all got a passion in cooking. Rather speaking we always showed interest in doing culinary experiments. Most of the time it proved to be good and some other time we found ‘Cooking is injurious to health’.

When we started we all thought; cooking is nothing but cutting vegetables/meat and boiling. Later with our experience we realized timing and discipline is really required to bring forth a yummy dish. Hey!! Am not claiming us as seasoned cooks. We are not. But I would like to put some funny experience we had with our ‘Passion of Cooking’.

Pulav.

The idea was that of Praveen. Though a mallu, he is born and bought up in Delhi. He being a North Indian, we all decided to make pulav under his stewardship. So he is the ‘Chief Chef’ of the day. He started giving us the instructions. Asked us to cut the vegetables, wash the rice, and wash the cooker and so on. We all did those with utmost respect to our chef.

He started making it. We all were wandering around the kitchen to get the glimpse of the receipe and the procedure. He seems to be very confident and doing the things with heavy concentration. We thought of not bothering him. We were all waiting for the pulav to malinger on.

Finally he came out of the kitchen. He said ‘Five minutes guys and the pulav is all yours’. We were sure that it would taste good (He has proved his culinary skills already with Sambar and other varieties)

Time came for us to eat the pulav. We don’t have a dining table in our room, rather speaking we don’t have space for a dining table. So we used to sit on floor to have our food; the typical ‘mallu’ style. We did all the initial arrangements (spreading news papers and washing the plates n glasses). The cooker is still not open. Praveen opened it. He did put his nose inside the cooker. Hey ‘where is his head?’. He is still trying to catch the smell of the great pulav he has made. No smell of pulav. But still it should taste pulav. We all got our share on to our plates.

I had a mouthful, “maaan”. I was looking at other guys. They also were wearing same kind of expression. What does it taste like? I really can’t put those in words. If at all I try, it would be like ‘Eating raw rice with raw vegetable parts’. We all started bullying him. Poor Praveen, he was still looking at the pulav he has made. No expressions and he has gone dump for some time.

He is still confident, “I would make ‘real’ pulav some other day”.

We made biriyani also. It is worth detailing. Expect that here some other day. Bye for now..

8 comments:

Putta said...

Wow!!!! Interesting one....this is what typical bachelors’ life...

However it be; finally nothing will be there in cooker/pot. After having everything final dialogue we used to say “ Matchan next time will see da.” “Ithu yellam arasialla sagajam pa he he he…..”

Praveen_Kumar said...

Dear Harees,
Mistakes are made even by Genius people but then from mistakes we learn and come up with new inventions...
So next time our "PULAV" would be too perfect and bomblastic and elastic and plastic.....hehehehe

COOKING IS ALWAYS AN ART AND COMES FROM OUR INNER SINS...

Harees Seni said...

ha ha ha...i like this new thoery.."COOKING IS ALWAYS AN ART AND COMES FROM OUR INNER SIN"

This is the first time that I hear the relation with SINS and cooking...u gottu detail us the logic behind it

Roschelle said...

Nice !!!

What made me most interested is what Praveen said on Cooking being an art from our inner sins.

Im wondering is it that the more inner sins we have the better the cook we are.

Praveen_Kumar said...

My only point of relating cooking to sins was the to tell how deeply they r bonded...
U won't eat anything or even cook anything if ur sins don't allow u to...

Deepu R Nair said...

Njan aa divasathinde bali aadu anallo.. 
Ya.. It’s true... Even I was there on that day, as a guest in their House.. 

Anyways, Better Luck next time Praveen.

But the thing I like about this bachelor's Room is - when it comes to cooking... No one show signs of laziness or selfish (Always there in my previous room  )... They are always eager to cook...

Keep it up Buddies, Pinne Eadaku Eadaku enne Kazhikaan Vizhikane...

Harees Seni said...

Deepu...
we are sure, Praveen would be making better Pulav next time..We would definitely call you, if we are convinced on its quality...

And my roomies are really gr8...we nvr had a difference of opinion in cooking or cleaning...Sudheer leads us very well...

Dharmbir said...

Aaaah that's what we call Bachelor's life...........Cooking is an art ......? I thought it's science as it is to know about the ingredients, identifying which works well, blends into amazing flavors to come up with your dish