Time for some gastronomic porn

The cure to a growling tummy is.. well to eat something would be a logical answer.. But for technical reasons (no chutta in wallet, cafeteria closed, laziness to walk to nearby restaurant) I cannot. And for some reason I cannot stop myself imagining yummy things.. things that are my ‘comfort food’, so to speak. Please don’t bash me up if this results in your mouth-watering and all you have access to is crappy diet coke (I hate those carbonated crappy drinks…yuck). Ok, so I can think of the following things swimming in my head..

1) Maggi!

Cooked al dente (a little under-cooked). Nothing ruins maggi for me as over cooking does. It is not rocket science to cook maggi, but I have seen different people like it cooked in different ways. For example, the husband likes to make a khichdi out of it. He cooks the heck out of those noodles till they can no longer stand it, and become all mushy-mushy. I, on the other hand like it the opposite way. (aren’t we just made for each other?! ;)). And generally when we are making maggi for the both of us, I take out my share from the vessel 5 – 10 minutes before hand, while S’s noodles continue boiling away. So yes, maggi cooked to perfection (the definition of which varies for people, as stated in the above example) is then generously accompanied by ketchup. Oh, the sweet joy of dunking soupy, slurpy, tangy maggi noodles coated with hot n sweet ketchup in mouth. Add to the fact that its cold, damp and wet here.. plus being stuck up in office is not working right now. I think a big dose of maggi will cure me. I am positive.

2) My mom’s amti-bhat and mango pickles.

Amti: marathi word for a particular preparation of dal. Bhat: marathi for rice. I have practically grown up eating this for every dinner. And no, I cannot prepare ‘amti’ in this particular way here in US. Mom uses a some special ‘kolhapuri masala’ for this dal. Kolhapur is a place famous for its spicy, hot red-colored (because of the red chilles) food. So, this masala not being available in US, I remain deprived of amti-bhat for a significant part of the year. I am generally not a pickle eater (dont like them so much), but they go so well with this combo, that I eat a humungous amount of it.

3) S’s dal-bati and curd rice.

The husband cooks some really spicy and yummy tasting dal bati (dumplings of different legumes which are store-bought, and are made into a curry). It is absolute bliss to eat that with gooey, and warm curd rice. Curd rice brings back some fond memories of grad school days. This used to be my staple diet in those crazy, hectic, wonderful grad school days. Simply mixing curd, rice, sal and sugar gives something that is so satisfying, is hard to imagine. Of course, if you are feeling adventurous and are in a good mood AND have the ingredients at home, you can always temper it with mustard seeds, chillies and curry leaves. Oh jeez…just writing this is making me salivate. I knew thinking about food on empty stomach was a bad idea from start. But just one item to go…

4) Fresh, hot, dark-chocolate cookies.

The memories are again tied to grad school days.. I used to work part-time in the library and the library cafe used to make these divine buttery choco-chip cookies. And as they would bake, the aroma would drift through the entire library. And my shifts used to be generally around the cookie-baking hour (a happy coincidence. I did not enquire about cookie-baking hours before I chose my shift hours). Hence the strong affiliation to freshly baked cookies. So much so, when S had gone to Troy (the city where my grad school is located) recently for career fair to interview the students (we are from the same grad school), he was sweet enough to get me a choco cookie from the library cafe. They say, some things never change.. How true. The same good ol’ cookies.

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10 Responses to Time for some gastronomic porn

  1. Tanvi says:

    OMG! You made me so so so hungry!!!

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  2. I hope you ate something πŸ˜›

  3. Snita says:

    you really made me nostalgic and hungry!!! πŸ˜€

  4. Pepper says:

    Okay when I first read this post, I was too hungry so I didn’t comment πŸ˜›
    Now I am well fed and can afford to talk about food.

    Your list of comfort food is so heart warming. And I *totally* know what you mean about waiting all year for ‘amti’. So many times, I actually crave for a very simple meal of varan, bhat and some koshimbir. As much as I try, my varan doesn’t taste the same. And at times I yearn for good kothimbir vadis and the likes.
    You do get very good and authentic south indian food in the Bay Area.. but hardly any Maharashtrian stuff 😦 .. Do you know any places?

  5. nightflier says:

    1. I hate this blog address change!!! grr for my own sake, I am favorat-ing the url now πŸ˜›
    (u see I end up opening ur old blog and see no updates until I realize its too late!!!)
    2. Love al dente maggi and if patience prevails some pan fried veggies seared to brown-ness..yummmmm πŸ˜€
    3. amti bhaat mala pan!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Yumm.. πŸ™‚
    I finally managed to get on your new blog address.. I am going to update this in my bloglist now, finally..

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