The last couple of weeks have been extraordinarily sunny, bringing with it that brightness which lights up everything…even moods. Isn’t it amazing how much the weather can influence that…well, at least for me , it does.
Today, is quite a contrast to all that brightness…haven’t had even a glimpse of the sun-god till now…there is that all familiar chill in the air forcing one to grudgingly take out all those warm clothes which were nearly forgotten. The cycle path which me and the kids take to their school were once again quiet…the last few days it had been bustling with people, young and old, coming out in troves to bask in the glorious sunshine. But, today, its back to that huddling within warm wears to keep that blustery wind from striking. The same trees seem to lose their spark under a grey blanket…swayed and hunched by the gusts of wind,they seem unwilling to give in, they seem to have lost their vibrant spirit..as if swaying is the last thing on their minds.
Well, well…excuse me, but I can’t help rambling…I’ve noticed that I do this more when I’m in such a mood…of course, there is no reason to be in a mood…the kids have been little angels in the morning, nothing wrong with the other half…but still…
Maybe I can cheer myself by talking about food, basically about the picture of the one I’ve put up…it’s a very simple dish with subtle flavours, no fuss and goes well with both rice and rotis. Sometimes the simplest of things can give us quite a lot of pleasure…so here goes…btw, fingers crossed for a brighter tomorrow, or for that matter today!!!
1/2 a head of a large cauliflower or whole of a small one, cut into medium sized florets
1 carrot, cut into strips
a bunch of french beans, cut into medium sized sticks
1 potato, chopped
1 onion, sliced
3/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 whole red chilli
3 tblsp cooking oil
a pinch of sugar
salt to taste
Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds, bay leaf and whole red chilli. When the seeds splutter, add the onion and fry for a few seconds.
Add the rest of the vegetables,sugar, season with salt, stir and cook covered over low heat, stirring them now and then.
When the vegetables are cooked 3/4ths of the way, add the turmeric and cumin powders. Stir and cook till the vegetables are done.