Life feels so easy and carefree when mom is around. Her mere presence makes me feel at peace with myself. She has always been a source of strength and encouragement to me.
I have been married for 10 years now. Though she has come and stayed with me for long periods of time, but mostly it was when I was working and she used to take care of the entire household for me. I never realized how much she did for me until we moved to a different city far away from her, left alone to fend for myself. This is when I missed my mother a lot. During the initial months after our move, I used to call my mom atleast 10 times a day, for something or the other.
Then after a year or so, my mother came to Hyderabad to live with me for a few days. I wanted to make her happy in every possible way. I did not want her to sit in the kitchen and start doing all the chores for me again, though she can hardly keep away from it. But I did do my best. We went for morning walks, then for grocery and vegetable shopping. I prepared all her favorite dishes; she also prepared some of my favorite dishes, which I have not been able to master yet. In short we both had a fun time together.
My mother generally loves simple food, and here is one such recipe that both me and my mom love.
Serves - 2
What you’ll need
- Broad Beans/Avarakkai – 250 gms
- Tuar Dal – 2 tbsp
- Scraped Coconut (Fresh or Frozen) – 2 tbsp
- Green Chilly - 1
- Turmeric – a pinch
- Salt to taste
- Oil – 2 tsp
- Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
- Black split gram – 1 tsp
- Curry Leaves – few
- Wash, string the broad beans and chop them into small pieces.
- Wash the dal well and pressure cook it with just enough water for about 2 whistles. The dal should not get mushy.
- Grind together green chilly and coconut without adding any water.
- Heat a kadai with oil, once heated add mustard seeds.
- After the mustard crackles add the black gram, once it starts turning brown add the curry leaves.
- Now add the chopped beans, turmeric powder and salt to taste. Mix well.
- Sprinkle some water, cover and cook till the vegetable is done. Keep stirring once in a while.
- Now add the cooked dal and the coconut green chilly. Mix well.
- Remove from heat.
Serve as an accompaniment with plain rice and Sambar or Rasam.
Linking this to Kerala Kitchen hosted by Prathibha, to Nupur's For U Mom, to Rasi's I'm the star, to Only South Indian and to Srav's Vegan Diet.