Describe the most satisfying meal you’ve ever eaten, in glorious detail.
Sometimes a meal can be satisfactory without the word “Gourmet” attached to it.
Here is my reason for the above claim. I was always very simple minded when it came to food. There were times my mother would cook all kinds of delicious food, everyone in the family would be dancing up and down for this meal except me. I’d complain,”Mom, please can I have some lentils and mashed potatoes with my rice?”
I wish you could see the expression on my mom’s face, she’d say: Rani I cannot believe you want lentil and mash potatoes when I have cooked so many delicious foods?”
My mom called me Rani instead of Ranu if I said something outrageous.
Here is the glorious detail of my most satisfying meal.
For lentil the ingredients are:
1. one cup orange lentils(for soup)
2. half teaspoon- cayenne pepper
3. quarter teaspoon– turmeric powder
4. salt — half teaspoon
5. one small onion(diced)
6. two tablespoon— vegetable oil
7. water –two cups
Wash the lentils thoroughly until the water is crystal clear. Drain the water, pour the lentils in a saucepan. Put the pan on the stove, turn the heat to high, add salt, cayenne pepper, and turmeric. Bring it to a boil, if there are white scum floating, gently take it off with a spoon and discard it.Lower the heat to simmer, let it simmer until the grains mix with the water. Take the stove off the burner and place a frying pan, use medium heat to heat the pan, pour the oil and when the oil is hot put the diced onion in the pan, fry until the onion is lightly brown, next step put the fried onions in the lentil soup, put the sauce pan to reheat the soup, taste for salt if it is suitable for you turn off the stove.
The next item is mashed potatoes:
1. potatoes: two medium sized
2. Onion : one diced
3. dry red pepper: two
4. oil: one tablespoon
5. salt– half teaspoon
Boil the potatoes until they are soft. Heat the saucepan on the burner, pour the tablespoon of oil, when the oil is reasonably hot put the two dry peppers, with the spoon stir it until the peppers are a bit charred, take them out and place them in a bowl. Now put the diced onion and let it get slightly brown, do not let it burn, take them out of the pan and put them in another bowl.
Peel the boiled potatoes mash them with your hand or use a potato masher make sure there are no lumps. Next use your fingers to squash the dried peppers into a powder, care should be used to wash your finger thoroughly with soap after taking care of the peppers. Put the onions , powdered peppers, salt and mashed potatoes in a slightly larger bowl to combine them together.
Serve it with plain boiled rice, it is delicious. I consider this tastier than any gourmet food I have eaten.