Stupid adrenaline junky me always breaking rules ! Single girls in a Muslim majority country don’t usually go crazy to move out of their parents shelter and hometown at the age of 17; in pursuit of higher education especially. But I was crazy-head enough to do so. As soon as I hit 24, I moved to another continent – to the other end of the world knowing the fact that I don’t have any friends or relatives living there! ! Yes, the relationship status was still ‘SINGLE’.
First few tumulus, hustly-bustly seven days in the Alien-land went by in a tick doing a lot of sight seeing and befriending exotic dudes :) I didn’t get a chance to miss my parents/sister/grandma. Why would I miss them? Those people choke me with their boatload of love ! It feels so good to break free from my parents’ supervision! The excitement of making an ‘un-interrupted expedition of my own’ is priceless!
All of a sudden, without any apparent valid reason, I broke down crying one day. I cried my lungs out. And my room got flooded with gallons and gallons of tears. Finally I figured, the reason of this heartache is ‘Lentil Rice AKA Khichuri’. Deep down I was tormenting over my split with Khichuri. Didn’t realize I was so truly, madly, deeply in love with that dish.
My crying accelerated and I almost had a heart attack thinking I won’t get to taste my favorite savory rice dish for the next 5 years ! (Haven’t you seen someone before crying over some soul food s/he grew up eating?!)
My craving went uncontrolled and I started exploring South Asian Restaurants around. No luck ! So that was about the damn time to get my priorities straight ! I learned cooking soothing-homey-beautiful amber colored fluffy rice mixed with lentil (dahl).
Like me, you have twenty millions reasons to give it a try:
You accidentally killed your worst enemy in your head? Feeling guilty now? My my ! That’s a pretty serious case! Khichuri and baked chicken might help you un-kill !
Just got out of a hellhole unharmed? Celebrate with Khichuri and fried chicken.
Had a pooptacular day? O my! You need some Khichuri along with fish fillets right-away.
Stress, stress, stress ! Make peace with your precious self. Take a look at the Peacemaker: Khichuri and fish fry.
Share Lentil rice with your neighbors. Make their jaw drop! You LOVE stardom, don’t you? :)
See Lentil Rice goes with pretty much anything and everything under any given circumstances ! Choices and options and possibilities are endless :)
1 cup yellow Mug or Moong Dal ( golden gram)
1 cup rice
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 stick of Cinnamon
2 pods of cardamom
Salt to taste 2 1/2 tbsp oil or ghee (clarified butter)
In those lonely, lousy, ‘single’, cold, sad, mad days and nights whenever you feel like you’re an Orangutan trapped in a doorless cage, feed yourself some Khichuri and Kebab :)