I love cooking. I don’t consider myself a good cook, but rather a guy who cooks good. I can’t whip up a four-course meal or a dainty gourmet dish, leave alone know the difference between the two, but I put effort in my work and I’m hardly ever disappointed with the results.
One of my most admired chef is Kylie Kwong, not that I memorize any of her recipes, or have learnt to create anything she did. The most important thing I learnt from her is cooking with the heart and soul, that whatever you make on the kitchen table should be done with utmost care. The food deserves respect.
My first attempt at cooking was at New Delhi. I was staying at my aunt’s place alone, all of them had gone home for the summer. I started with oil, spices and chicken, and ended up with burnt pieces of black meat. I think the rats made a good meal of it, at least it served its purpose as a dinner.
After my move to Pune, I learnt the art of cooking with a pressure cooker, and its amazing. All you need to do is to put the meat in it, add spices, masala, ginger, garlic, onions, soya, etc… whatever you want, and pour half a glass of water (If the meat retains too much water, not required). The cooking time depends on the type of meat you’re cooking and that knowledge comes with experience. Beef and pork – 45 Mins or more and chicken – 30 mins. Make sure you put the flame on low after the first whistle or when the cooker starts making some sound. After the meat is cooked, if there’s extra or too much water, just heat everything up in a frying pan till the liquid evaporates. Try it once, it works everytime.
Cooking is a real stress-buster for me. I spend my weekend evenings stirring with one hand and beer on the other. Its not that I have guests over much, but I just like to pamper myself over a good meal. I’d like to think that I deserve the treat, ‘cos on weekdays, I eat too much junk food, Maggi mostly, and 2pm which is actually great ‘cos it kinda tastes like Wai-wai in a place where you don’t get any.
Finally, we’ve been eating out pretty frequent recently, yet I would always prefer a good home-cooked meal to anything I may get from any retaurant or diners. After all, nothing beats rice, dal and fried meat alongwith some spicy chutney. Nothing satisfies my hunger more than that. No Pizza, no burger, no KFC, no nothing compares to it. So there!