First off, thank you to all those people who write and comment, I appreciate it. It feels friendly and links up our worlds.
Yesterday we were busy tinkering- now we have closed hotels Praveen is home most of the time, which is really lovely- well there is the odd moment where if he gives me advice on how to cook something again I might brain him!! Generally though I sit back and let him help or just slide into sharing the job and life is fun.
Praveen was keen on them as a vegetable and to be used to make pickle. I cut on in half and it is full of a very sticky gelatinous gooo....not the most appealing.
We made about 10kg [22lb] of Gunda and Green Mango Aarchar or Pickle. It is now sitting on the windowsill to develop for the next 3 weeks before we can dig in.....I know the Gunda part will come up well and can't wait for the green mango - even the smell of it makes my mouth water.
I have accumulated about 6 or 7 different Green Mango pickle recipes and think this year I will try them all out....I can make as much as I like because we can send it up to his family in Delhi and someof his mates are even willing to buy my pickles. Good to cover costs of making them.....yesterday's recipe called for 9 cups of fresh firey red chilli powder- you just know something is going to be tasty!
and guess what we discovered, our whole roof leaks like a sieve! we were running around every where putting bowls and moving things and checking to see where to worry.
Glad it happened now, we have the money to finish off 2 rooms for guests, one just needs paint we already have a guest bathroom for it but the other needs an en-suite constructed...we will need to take the money from that and re-cement the roof....always a new job, still Praveen enjoys it all so it won't be a difficulty for me to worry about.
Burnt Egglant or Baigan Bhata
take 3 or 4 small egglpant and burn them over a flame, probably do this on an electric hotplate as well or throw them in the oven until all black on the outside and soft inside.
Separtely make a marsala
- 2onions diced fine
- 1 t ghee
- 6 or 8 cloves garlic pounded
- 2 or 3 green chilli pounded
- few t to T of red chilli powder [to taste- we use a lot!]
- 2 or 3 t coconut
add some water and let cook a few minutes until thick again
roughly dice eggplant
- finely chop 3 tomatoes
- add salt to taste
Have a great day....I am off to sweep and clean and chase out dust. :)