Memories of dad

It is Father’s Day tomorrow. I’d completely forgotten about this until I received an email with all the Father’s Day offers that are happening in the city. That’s when it hit me, and it hit me real bad, all I could do was just look at those offers and be envious of all those who would make the best of it tomorrow. A little stab of envy  ran through me. I wished I could go back in time…

Earlier this week the news was all about Priyanka Chopra’s father passing away. Usually when such things happen to celebrities it hardly affects me, they’re also human after all. But when I saw an image of a completely crushed Priyanka in the news, it was as though someone punched me in the stomach. At that point I didn’t see an actress, a model or a beauty queen; all I saw was a girl who was utterly devastated that her first and real hero was no more. That was an emotion I could identify with. There was a lump in my throat and I had to blink back tears. After all, it wasn’t so long ago that I was in her place.

Whoever tells you that time will make the pain go away isn’t telling you the truth. Maybe time helps to heal the wound but the pain isn’t a pain any more – instead it becomes a void, some kind of a vacuum that’s deep within you. But, on the brighter side there’s also a sense of assurance – you will know that you’re never alone. And I say this out of experience of the last one-and-a-half years, every time I’ve felt overwhelmed or confused the answer appears like magic and that’s when I know that even if my dad isn’t around physically he’s still making sure his little girl is taken care of.

My father was a total foodie and yes, I’ve got his genes, something I’m terribly proud of. So for Father’s Day tomorrow, I decided to make one of my dad’s favourite dishes and I know one thing for sure, wherever he is he’s sure to be drooling! This Baby corn & masoor amti (a whole masoor and baby corn preparation that’s tangy and spicy) is my grandmom’s invention and this is one of the things my dad would ask her to make every time she visited us or vice versa. It is a really simple dish but the addition of baby corn adds a touch of exotic to it. We usually have this with rice and a simple salad but I’ve found that it goes really well with rotis too.

Baby corn & masoor amti
1/2 cup of whole masoor, cleaned and soaked for about 3-4 hours
4-5 baby corn, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tsp (approx) of amti powder, you can also use Goda masala if you don’t have this
Juice of a marble-sized ball of tamarind
1/4 tsp of turmeric powder (haldi)
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
1 tsp of oil
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves to garnish

Drain the water from the masoor, add about 2 cups of water to it and steam it in the pressure cooker for 2 whistles until it is soft and done. Steam or boil the baby corn separately and keep it ready.

When the masoor is done, beat it vigourously for a while till it attains a thick, soup-like consistency and simmer on a low flame. Add little salt, baby corn, haldi and the tamarind water to this.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and fry the onions until a light golden brown. Add the Amti powder to this and fry until it releases the aroma, be careful not to burn it. Now add the chopped tomatoes to this and fry a little more. When it has all come together like a thickish paste, turn off the flame and add this to the simmering masoor. Boil for another minute or two and turn off the flame. Check the seasoning. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot. Since this is one special dish I drizzled 1/2 tsp of ghee over this just before serving.

* You don’t have to use masoor, toor dal is another option, but I go with this one because it’s the one I’ve grown up eating.

* Instead of baby corn you can also use potatoes, brinjals also taste delicious in this dish but you will have to fry or saute them a little before adding it to the lentils.

* Some people also add a pinch of jaggery to the dish, I’ve tried that version but I prefer to stick to this one as I don’t have much of a sweet tooth.

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  • Rafeeda AR June 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Beautiful post, Renuka…makes me realise dat we've 2 cherish all relationships when they r vit us.. may God bless ur dad's soul!!! A good dedication in the form of a tangy curry…

  • Shweet Spicess June 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Such a heart touching and humble post 🙂 Renuka What I want to do now was give u a hug and make u feel relax If at all possibly u were here *hugs* Im sure even words are enough to calm down a distressed soul 🙂 Your Dish looks yummy 🙂

  • Sebeena Loyd June 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    such a nice post. loved the curry.

  • Renuka June 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks so much all of you.. hugs 🙂

  • Priya Suresh June 18, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Such a beautiful and very touching post.. Amti looks comforting and nutritious.

  • egeedee June 19, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Very sweet post. I too felt really bad for the human Priyanka Chopra and I'm so sorry you lost your dad as well. Living so far away from my parents always makes me think of how much I miss living life with them. I hope you do find peace in some form or the other. This meal looks very delicious!

  • Dayeeta Roy June 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Lovely Blog…


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