Little this. Little that.

"little mulagu podi, little malli podi, little manjal podi...". These are the basic ingredients of an Indian dish. My photographer friend quoted a comic dialogue from the Malayalam movie "Mr Butlers" to illustrate how easy it is to cook Indian food. While cracking jokes and quoting comic dialogues of Malayalam movies from memory, he used a little bit of this and that to cook an amazing beef dish, the taste of which still makes me salivate.

There is a catch. Don't ask him the recipe. Also, don't ask him to cook the same dish again. For him, cooking is all experimentation. To make matters complicated, here is the second edict. Never record or retrace your path. Strangely, the first request reminds me of another friend living presently in California who never share recipes. In fact, there is nothing to share as he cooks from the heart and uses his nose effectively to predict the taste.

So, back to my photographer friend. He cuts the beef into very small cubes. He boils it in water. He sautés onions, ginger, garlic and tomato in oil. Then he dumps the cooked beef into the same pan. Little this. Little that. More action with spatula. Voila!

Tags: Musings,Cook


Comments

  1. Beef is the most delicious thing if cooked good.

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  2. @Harish - It was cooked well.

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  3. Hehe. And little bit of spices ;)

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  4. @Megha - A little of this and a little of that makes it a whole lot of this-and-that. :)

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  5. already in love with this cook & his dishes ....

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  6. @Laks - I have to make him cook again! ;)

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  7. It is difficult for me also to give the recipe of a dish, for I too keep changing the ingredients often, and the taste too changes, for when I am in mood I too cook from the heart.
    I would not know anything about Beef being a vegetarian.

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  8. @Rama - So you are like my friend. It doesn't matter if the dish is vegetarian or non-vegetarian. What matters is the way you cook. A little of this and a little of that. :)

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  9. reminds me of BisiBele Bath....BEEF!(shudder)

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