What is summer without numerous ice cream treats and lazing on the beach! Living in Bangalore, experiencing sea and sand would mean taking a trip to some costal location. Couple of weeks back, we made an attempt and drove for 7 hours but sadly rain ruined it completely. We didn’t even get to set foot on the sand, let alone lay there and enjoy the waves. So that plan was completely washed out. As for the ice cream treats, we have been indulging on lovely flavors when we eat out but I was not finding an inspiration to make one at home. Until I found the kulfi molds.
Growing up, chicken was usually prepared couple of times a week at home. And almost every time, it was painted with lot of spices and slow cooked or pressure-cooked until the meat is tender and the gravy is rich red in color. I never got bored of it. I looked forward to it every single time. That’s still my favorite chicken curry. Over the period of time, with the help of several food blogs and our ever-curious taste buds, I learnt handful other chicken dishes. I would prepare these recipes on a random basis over and over again. Few weeks back, as we were doing our weekly grocery shopping, Arvind suddenly said that I should try other chicken dishes and eventually sent me a few links too. He wanted me to learn and share. Well, clearly he was bored of the same old curries. Either way, the idea was quite motivating.
Some dishes get ready so quickly that you wonder if there was any cooking involved at all. Such recipes come super handy when you want something homemade yet, you are not in a mood to cook. I usually get into that kind of a mood on a lazy Sunday, especially if Saturday night includes a little too many glasses of wine. On such hangover mornings, I like spicy warm meal with a zing and then later, a nap perhaps. Well, getting a snooze would be close to impossible but a hearty lunch is always workable, if you have a few basic ingredients.
I don’t recall how and when I fell in love with chicken wings but for as long as I can remember, a plate of sticky chicken wings makes my belly dance a happy tune. That’s one thing I can possibly eat daily, keeping guilt far far away. Back in California, when we noticed this shop called Wingstop, I went bonkers and several nights throughout my pregnancy days, it was our dinner. The madness didn’t stop even after the baby arrived. The variety they offer is just incredible and quite creative. Although chicken wings are available in India, it’s not very common and the flavors are pretty basic. It’s one of those things I miss out here.
The sight of pitter-patter raindrops on the ground, washing away the windowpanes and drenching the plants is extremely welcoming, especially after the furious summer. I can sit by the window and watch rain for hours. Always loved it! The smell of wet mud and comforting meal that comes along with the season is soul satisfying. And with rainy days, there comes a craving for deep fried finger foods along with several cups of hot masala chai. It’s a classic combination one can never get bored of.