The other day I was driving and I see my mothers’s car right in front of me waiting at a traffic signal. Mom a women of order and discipline. Something that annoys her most on the roads correction our indian roads is people honking, and what super annoys her is people honking while the traffic signals are red. So I thought lets honk and annoy her a bit for the fun of it, plan was to keep on honking so she looks back in anger and she finds me,it would be quite funny.

So here in peak traffic I keep onhonking behind  her car..”peep..peep..pe..peep”

Suddenly I realise there are other people on the road…oops!….

There was a boy on a two wheeler right in front of the head light of my car, he was wearing a mask to protect him from the heat, he got so annoyed, if looks could kill I would have been gone.. encounter on the road… eh..ehe..bichoom!

In those few seconds he made a judgement on me thinking “accha bloody attitude.. kaha jayee gee.” Showing the hand which is equivalent to showing the finger on our roads ( showing the hand  is the gesture I always do when someone comes on the wrong side or someone overtakes wrongly or a guy stares through my window and gives bad looks ..with the hand pointing towards that person I say,” jane ave jane”)

So suddenly my attention goes to this guy, mom is still not looking. Now I am play  dumb charades with this guy. I nod at him..”no no not you… ” apologising with a  hand action and then pointing towards moms car..”not you I am trying to annoy her.”

With this commotion everyone looks at me so does mom, plan backfired mom is also laughing along with other people, that guy loosened up, with sign language he waved to me that it was ok and I waved back.. 

yesterday that man was again in traffic on the same cross  he waved at me ha ha ha did I just make a road friend or give wrong signs to a road romeo ha ha ha…

This recipe is from my mom’s family, my mami( aunt) gave it to me, I remember eating it with paratha when I was a child, my another aunt (mami) us to make it..isn’t it wonderful how recipies are passed on from one to another. In a way it connect all of us…


Serves 4

4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut julienne

1 tomato cut julienne

1 large onion cut julienne

6-7 cloves of garlic hopped

1 tbsp oil

2 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)

2 tsp hing

2 green chilies cut julienne

6-7 curry leaves

1 tsp turmeric powder

2 tsp red chilie powder

Fresh Coriander to garnish  

Salt to taste


Heat the oil in a pot, add the jeera seeds, once they splutter, add the hing, curry leaves and green chilies.

Add the the onions and garlic. Cook till the onions are translucent. Add the tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes or till its water evaporates.

Add the turmeric, red chilie, salt and potatoes.

Add 3 cups of water. Put a lid on it and let the potatoes cook on slow heat.

Cook for about 7-8 minutes. Garnish with coriander. Check the flovours and serve hot.

It goes with everything..rice, kichadi, paratha, bhakhari (guju ki roti), I love it so much that I eat all alone like a soup 😋



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