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Jeera Aloo for a Laddu Kid’s Birthday

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Before you start writing a comment to congratulate us for this beautiful creation, let me tell you that though I wish he is mine, this doll is created by Sis and Jiju. My dear nephew Aryan is celebrating his fourth birthday today 😀

Though we are in two continents and I cannot make it there to be in time for his party, I am celebrating his Birthday by making his favorite dish. When I first saw him all wrapped up and sleeping, I could almost cry with joy. All mom’s out there, all kids are special but please excuse me today, to give all these titles to Ari for his Birthday.

I saw him after almost a year when I visited Sis and BIL last year and he had learnt to perfectly say “Chithi” (aunty) in many different ways, with many tunes and pitches. The first day I was there, he woke up, still wrapped in his teddy blanket and wanted to play “kanoom kanoom tooch” ( Hide and seek).

His mischiefs are not biting someone or hitting someone, but all very well thought and technical. He hit books at an early age and we have to read him a book every night before putting him to bed. That is one lovely moment I enjoyed every day. All tucked in and sleepy, he will still wait for the story to end. If you hurry up, he remembers the words and he will recite them and will make you repeat :)

Few days later when I was baby sitting him, he wanted to go to the nearby play area. I took him to the small park and he said he wanted to go to the big park. I told him I don’t know the route and he said ” You can carry me and I will take you there”. I made a quick call to Sis only to be assured that he can perfectly find his way around the neighborhood. Not one block or two, a whole 3 km stretch. And all the way, he was telling me which shop sold what, gave a tour of a pet shop with a complete aquarium and which buildings were banks! And if you are wondering yes, he took me to the big park and took me back home too (who was escorting who??)

Aloo, taro root and bitter gourd(yes) are his favorite veggies. One day when Sis made Bitter Gourd Dal and we were having a family dinner. He said ,” Aunty, all these vegetables are healthy, come eat with me” and kept feeding me little spoons of bitter gourd. Now I don’t eat BG, but I could not refuse and set a wrong example. My entire family had a hearty laugh seeing me swallowing bitter gourd and still putting up a smile on my face.

I made this Jeera Aloo for him when I was there(a less spicy version).

Ingredients:
Yellow Potatoes- 3
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Salt- To taste
Turmeric Powder- 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder- 3/4 tsp
Coriander seed powder- 1/2 tsp
Corn Flour- 1/2 tsp
Canola Oil/ Vegetable oil- 2 tbsp

Method:

Wash the potatoes, peel the skin and dice them into 1″ pieces(You can also cut them into long slices).

Add 1/4 tsp salt to a pot of water, boil the potatoes for 5-6 minutes just so that they are beginning to cook but not completely cooked, drain and keep aside.

Mix salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and cornflour together.

In a frying pan, add oil and cumin seeds. When it sizzles, add the spice powder, stir well and mix with the oil, add the boiled potatoes and mix everything together. Toss well to coat evenly.

Cook on a medium-high flame for 8-10 minutes or till the potatoes turn golden brown(but not burnt). Serve hot with rice or rotis.