Curries reminds me of my days in UK as a student. Before UK I was a very unexposed to other cultures. I consider studying in UK as one of the best times of my life.
Before that I was a very choosy eater and preferred only certain food and disliked curries. I can’t belive that today but curries was never my choice of food.
In fact I would tell every student if they can, to live in another Country during their developing years . UK taught me so many things. First of all it taught me the value of my own culture. When I was there I saw Britsh people enjoy and relish curries, it was then I decided to give them a chance and soon I started liking them, now I love them!
I remember few years back when I introduced my self as an Indian to an Italian American whome I meet in Bangkok, he asked me ” you must be knowing to cook a lot of curries” I happily told him “of course I love eating them and I love cooking them as well” he was chief in a hawanian restaurant so he suggested me ” you should teach me some and also make a website and put up the recipes .” I never got the chance to teach him and I lost his email as well but at least I am putting them up on the internet. Thanks to living UK I feel in love with curries. Even my cooking experiments started there as hungry and on my own I learnt to cook a few quick recipes.
Another important thing I learnt in UK was the understanding of other cultures which was not in me earlier when I was living in India. Back in India I was very natrowminded and judgemental towards others. I had a fixed mind set that my culture was the best and my people were the only people I can trust. How immature was I then at 20 years of age. It is there I came to know how beautiful and interesting other cultures are. I could grow as a person and learnt something new from other cultures. I could take some thing from others and make it my own. I realised that we are all the same, thanks to this realisation I made so many close friends without the cultural biased in my mind.
I realised we all are the same all over the would. We all need love, companionship and value relationships in our own special way. I realised everyone loves food and when we sit on a table share food, love, ideas and experience all of us are so similar that I could relate to every one.
I would always want my son to live in a new country cause living in another country one tends to learn so much. For me more than my M.B.A., the experience of staying in another country has taught me so much. When ever I feel naustalgic I cook a curry as eating curry and rice takes me back to UK at my aunt Gita’s shop where I ate lots of curries and to a Pakistani reasturant call Ambala where we ate our dinners most of the nights.
After cooking many many curries I finally came across this recipe which is universal and can me used in so many dishes…its basic and easy