Wednesday 23 May 2012

Mushy Mushroom

That Kasab is getting vegetarian food comes as news to all. While it goes against the ethics of hospitality to serve veg to a meat-eater, somebody has taken it upon himself to not let that deter him. So what if Ajmal is an honoured guest, he must eat what others do. So what if the venue is the Arthur Road jail, so what if the guest has taken lives, so what if he is a national threat, so what if  cooks were illegally shifted from other prisons to cater to the gunman & his seven jailors, or perhaps, for precisely these reasons, Kasab has to be treated like any other  under-trial. Finally! 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We know now that there are periodic reviews in the police department like in other lines of business. Thank God for the realization. It was during one such internal checks that the irregular transfer of cooks came to light. Heartening. Made stronger by the fact that a corrective action followed. The top brass of the Mumbai Police immediately ordered the transfer of the cooks to their original postings. Which leaves our esteemed guest to eat ghaas phoos cooked by the convicts. Unfair to the one so used to biryani & other speciality cuisine. But then, when has life ever promised to be fair!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The vegetarian menu has roti, dal & sabzi, both for lunch & dinner. Of course the variety of the veggies & dal differs in each meal. Also, dinner in the prison has to be eaten at 3.30pm, the barrack closing time. Even here our esteemed guest had a privilege. He would be served dinner after sundown, though he is already in a closed barrack. Damn, all entitlements stripped at once. That's cruel. The vegetables are palatable, one just hopes. How else can AK survive? He will live here for ever, remember? Atithi devo bhavah is the       
backbone of hamara bharat.
                                                                                              Talking of tolerable veggies, I suggest the inmates make Mushy Mushroom for our friend. He will love it so much that he will want to become an Indian national. We can then utilize his rifling skills to bring our enemies to book. Sounds like an idea, doesn't it. How about doing a GB project on that. Rohini?    
                                                                                                      Oh, and here's the recipe, people. Even lesser mortals can enjoy this :) And super-simple.
                                                                                                          Ingredients: [Serves 3-4] 
1. 200gm mushrooms - quartered
2. 1 medium onion- cubed
3. 2 cloves garlic- chopped
4. 1-2 green chillies chopped (deseeded)
5. Cornflour- 2tbsp
6. Sauce:
i. Soy- 1tbsp
ii.Tomato- 1 tbsp(optional)
iii.Chilli- 1tbsp(optional)
7. 1/4tsp turmeric
8. 2tsp sugar
9. 1 1/2-2 cup water
10. Salt- to taste
11. Refined Oil
1. Boil the mushroom in salt & turmeric water for 5-6 minutes and strain.
2. Coat the boiled mushroom with cornflour, shallow fry and keep aside.
Remember to: Pour water in the vessel(in which mushrooms were being coated) to make cornflour water. No need to add extra cornflour. Leave aside for later use. 

3.  In a wok, stir the onion, garlic & green chillies for 3 mins on high.
Onion should be translucent & not brown. 
4.  Add the fried mushroom and saute well. 
5.  Add the cornflour water & let mushrooms cook on medium flame for 5-6 mins.
6.  Pour in whichever/all the sauces, salt & sugar & bring to boil. Keep gravy or dry. 

This recipe tastes equally good with everthing- roti/parantha/naan/rice/fried rice or noodles. Huff! Spoilt for choice, aren't we!                                                                                                                                       Serve hot.                                                                                                                                                                                        Itna mushy ki bas pyar ho jaye                                Itna tasty ki dushman dost ban jaye                     Mushy Mushroom banayein                                       Sab ka mann lubhayein                                               Itna khilayein                                                                         Ki bhai jaan ghar na jaane payein....

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