POURING RAINS, SIZZLING CORN CURRY AND A CONSTRUCTIVE DAY FILLED WITH NOTHINGNESS 

It is raining in liters today. Finally monsoon has arrived !!

In such drizzling rains,  I would want to have a cup of hot coffee and sit by the window, let the mists of water wet my face and write, work on my on going project. And once I need a break sit and read my unfinished book on the gallery swing ( i mean books!) or may be take a walk.

But that was not the case.  All the unfinished books were lying in every corner of my home. Due to the rain me and son stayed home the whole day.  We cancelled all of our plans.

Going to crossoword – cancel

Picking up another car magazine and adding it to the pile so all the same ones –  cancel

Picking up school uniform – cancel

Going to our farm house and check the pain job with nanu  ( grand father ) –  cancel

Fighting with nanu in the car  – cancel

The other day, my son and his grandfather had a rather hilarious fight. The younger one refused to wear his shirt as  he announced it is too hot – “I don’t want to wear my shirt”  and grand father was adamant that he cannot come shirtless. Junior explained, “oh I will wear once we reach your office .” And senior demanding him to wear it now. No one was willing to listen to me so I decided to leave the matter for them to negotiate. I was imagining  a comedy version of kal aaj aur kal was being acted in our home as well.

So as no activity to keep my active boy occupied, I had no option but to stay at home amd enjoy the rains. We opened the windows and let the apartment fill with the winds and sounds of the fresh showers.

Till 12.00 in the afternoon I did not even change my pajamas. My son came with a request, “mumma can I watch my cartoon?”

“Yes ofcourse.”

“Mumma I want to sit in your lap.”

“Of course”  and then more than an hour we watched all his favourite cartoons. Its was quite fun to become a kid with him.

Boredom gives birth to creativity so after that we made alphabets  with his dominoes and drew symbols of cars from his car magazines which are treated like text books  by my car crazy son.

After all this the rains were still drizzling happily outside. It was almost lunch time and my son face brights up with an idea.

He insists “mumma puddle jumping time.”

I try to reason it out, “let’s go in the evening.”

Before I could reason it out with him, he has worn his shoes and opened the door and on our building stairs so I have no choice left but to join him.

Winds were nice and pleasant and the rain drops were delicate like silk. We enjoyed the puddle jumping and getting wet and since lunch time was getting postponed I told my son, “ok let’s  go up for food.”

He almost  agreed and we were about to but…

My son’s eyes go on our car and it is obvious that in this sesaon cars are dirty

Son,” oh no..why is our car dirty? I need to clean it.”

Before I could argue anything he had gone up got my face napkin and tumbler and soon he was scrubbing my car with it..

If that was not enough, he cleaned allthe neighbours cars.

As cleaning 1 car is a big job, he was already tired by cleaning two. So mr. Smarty pants asks me, “help me mumma to clean these.”

I painly refused, ” no way am i doing that.  you want it, you do.”

So mr smarty getting smarter, ” well mumma rest of the cars are clean let me just clean the symbol, number plates and the bumper.”

I stand there waiting till he gets tired and finally he announced, “done. lets go. I am hungry.”

As my son was eating his lunch I realised there is still half a day to kill.

So I cooked many things by being in and out of the kitchen while playing with my son.

At evening around 7,  I call my husband and say, “please come home it seems we both are getting tired of each other.”

Once papa took over I could relax a bit. My son slept early so now I get my golden time to my self.

Later when son finally slept off, I highjacked the TV and watched, “THE DARK KNIGHT.”

My husband had no choice but keep on fidgeting  with his mobile.

As the movie got over, I clapped  and applauded in my living room.

Its an epic movie! The Joker has raised the bar for villans so high, I don’t think anyone has been able to match up.

Well, enough is written about this epic movie for an amature blogger to write more.

In this wet weather hot sizzling curries goes very well with roti.

So I m sharing a recipe of a simple corn curry which goes very well with paratha, rice and roti.


Recipe: CORN PEANUT CURRY

Recipe Courtsey: Manjula Patel/ Nishi Patel

Ingredients: (serves 4)

3 cups of cooked corn kennels

1 and half  roasted peanuts crushed coarsely

2 tbsp gram flour

1 cup tomato puree

2-3 green chilies finely chopped

1 tbsp oil

2 tsp mustard seeds

2 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp of asafoetida

1 tsp of grama masala

1 tsp of turmeric powder

Coriander to garnish

Salt to tast

Method:

In a non stick pan heat the oil.

Add the mustard, cumin seeds and asafoetida. Once the seeds crackle add the gram flour.

Keep on stirring this and cook on low flame for 2-3 mins till the gram flour is cooked.

Add the red chili powder, turmeric, green chilies and cook for few seconds.

Add the tomato puree, gram masala, crushed peanuts, corn kennel.

Add about a cup of water.

Finally add salt and coriander.

Cook for 5-7 minutes and serve hot.

 

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