During the weekend, we took the kids for swimming. Actually Konda and her father planned and we thought, seeing the pool, the twins might also want to jump in. As expected Peddu wanted to jump in, the moment he saw his sister and dada, as he calls his father. The two times we took them to the beach, Peddu enjoyed it the maximum. He happily sat in the water, with waves washing all over him, still he refused to come out of it. While Chinnu didn't even want his feet to be mudded. Knowing this, we took things for them, Chinnu's included anyway. Thinking he might be tempted enough to jump in. While Peddu happily jumped in, with the tube and merrily padded away, Chinnu got in and stayed just for a while. Infact, Peddu got to the water naturally, with his hands and legs doing a free style stroke! Chinnu was happy when he got out. He was more happy exploring other things around him!
While we were waiting for Konda and Hubby dear, I happened upon this lady who looked to be a North Indian. She was waiting for her kids, who were swimming. After a while few kids came out and were standing next to her. She started talking, asking them their names and next thing she asked was, if they were North Indians or South Indians. I was totally zapped for a moment, wondering why this question needs to be asked of a teenager! If she wanted to know what language they speak at home, could've asked the same thing in a different way. I know since she is living away from her native place, she may have wanted to know people with whom she could relate too. But my city is practically full of all states, so why feel left out! And how can we make our children learn to live in a more liberal world, if we don't come out of the old system! I guess it will take many centuries for that to happen!
Now coming to the Sunday lunch I made, it was surprising note that Mutton Keema never got featured in my dear blog. This was, once upon a time, a very favorite item that was cooked often. Now somehow, this seem to have taken a back bench! For hubby dear, mutton keema always comes in a combination. We have to make either Endumirapakaya pappu or Pachamirapakaya pappu along with it for rice.So it was Dal with Green chillies this time. There was also this Keema recipe of Amma's, which gets peas into it. Will try to get that done sometime! Then Amma made Pesara pappu Payasam or Yellow Moong dal payasam and sent across. It has always been my favorite and it comes out yummy.
Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 15- 20 mins
Cooking Mode : Pressure Cooker
Serves - 3-4 regular serving.
Mutton Keema - 250 gms
Onions - 1 big
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Roasted Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Cloves + Cardamom + Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - handful
Oil - 2 tsp
Clean and drain the keema over a colander. Chop all the veggies.
In a pressure pan, heat oil. Sauté the finely chopped onions. When they turn pink, add the ginger garlic paste! Let it fry till its now raw.
Add the Keema to the onion paste. Cook on high flame. You will find moisture coming out of the keema. Add the turmeric and salt.Fry for 2 mins. Then add all the spice powders. Sauté on high for 5 mins. It will be well mixed and dry keema at this stage.
Add the tomatoes and 1/2 cup water for it to be cooked. Replace lid and put for 3-4 whistles or till the Keema is cooked.
Once the pressure is off, garnish with coriander leaves and again let it cook on high for 2 mins.
Serve it as such with Chapatis or with Dal and rice.