Well those you are addicted to Video- games, I guess now play station etc...They must all know.
That game recently turned 25 years, quite a milestone right.In common term, the block game that used to be part of initial mobiles and handy, small, portable video-games.
When we were growing up, our main way of spending summer vaccation time was to play Tetris or Mario (remember the cute little chubby Mario ...walking down the tunnel,eating mushrooms etc on his way ,then jumping over the islands and castle,with a typical music playing at the background) eh! What I am saying these are the things of past now, with the advancement of technology and many more new inventions …there are many new ways to play and spend time...Recent is Play Station.
These remained things of past, as I don’t have that much of patience to play and pressing the remote buttons...Left-right-up-down…yeah age is catching up fast.
What were your preferred ways of spending summer time when you were growing up?
I would be very eager to know.
Meanwhile you think, let me quickly write up this simple niramish Jhol, which is good for summer, and easy to digest also.
You get all the summer vegetables like parwal,ridge gourd,green papaya,green bananas ,brinjal and the end result is amalgamation of simple vegetables cooked in a very light gravy.
1 raw /green banana
Some slices of green papaya
2-3 ridge gourd
4-5 wax gourd (parwal)
2tsp of turmeric powder
2 tsp of coriander powder
2 tsp of cumin powder
1 tsp of red pepper powder
Tej pataa -2
1 tsp of panch phoron
2 -3 green chilly Salt as per taste
1 tsp of sugar
3-4 tbs of mustard oil
2-3 tsp of ginger paste or gota ada chopped into small pieces
Clean and chop the vegetables in equal size ,this helps cook evenly.
Now heat up a kadhai,add oil
Temper it with panch phoron ,tej patta and ginger paste
Add in all the vegetables fry them at mid-high for 5-6 mints
Tip- You may fry the parwal/wax gourd first and then take them out
Next you may add in potatoes and then rest of the vegetables like green papaya, banana etc..
Ridge gourd takes very few mints to cook.
Add in salt and all the dry spice powders like turmeric, red, coriander, cumin and little bit of water.
Add in sugar also , and fry them some more time or till the vegetables get coated well with the spices.
Now add in 2-3 cups of water. (TIP-at this time if you need to add brinjal/aubergine/eggplant do so) ,and one boil at high ,then lower the flame and then you cover it.
Cook for another 7 -8 mints or till the vegetables are cooked.
Take out when done,serve with warm cooked rice.
You may add in whole green chilly for extra bit of spice.
You may add in zucchinis/yellow squash or other vegetables when above vegetables are not available to you.
This gravy with vegetables stays good for 2-3 days when stored in refrigerator ,so if you wish you may make it in bulk and store it.
This is typical simple Bengali lunch meal.
On the right side is
Masoor dal bhate- pressure cooked dal without turmeric powder.
Mashed with green chilly, salt and mustard oil
Then is fried fish egg fritters recipe is Here
Then the Niramish jhol
And last a simple fish curry.
I am sure vegetarians can easily avoid the fish and it’s preparations like fish curry and egg fritters but can relish a simple jhol with rice.
This is easy on stomach and good especially in this hot summer months.
Happy Cooking Friends