Me (shouting from my room) : “Mummy..!!! What’s for dinner today??”
Mummy : “Vegetable pulao. Come and set up the table and call your Dad and Sister….”
Me (in my mind) : “Yipee. Pulao.. “
I come out from my room and starts calling for dad, who is downstairs, watching television. He assures me that he will be upstairs soon. I don’t need to tell my sister as we were in the same room so she also heard mummy.
Then I start setting plates and glasses on the table. Meanwhile, mummy is busy in roasting papadums (papad). I continue to place the cooker and curd on the table and fill the jug with water.
In about two minutes all four of us are at the table. Mummy opens the cooker and asks everyone to help themselves. Dad takes the first serving followed by me.
I see some carrots and cauliflower florets in the pulao. As usual, I start making faces and say : “Mummy why did you put carrots and cauliflower in the pulao??? You know I like it only with potatoes and peas! Now you have ruined my appetite!!”
Mummy (angrily) : “We will see what you would say when you start cooking yourself. Now eat whatever is made! At Least taste before condemning it.”
Since there wasn’t any other option, and I didn’t want to annoy her further, I quietly finished my dinner without any more ministrations. Well, the pulao indeed was tasty, after all.
We use to have conversations like this in my childhood. But now, we live apart and far, and only telephonic conversations takes place which goes like this –
After the usual chatter about how we are and what we are doing, the topics comes to what I prepared for lunch. And my answer usually is like this.
Me (excitedly) : “I made vegetable pulao and added beetroot to it. It was awesome and delicious Mummy!! Why don’t you also try it? I will share the recipe. “
Mummy : “Good beta!! You were able to eat pulao with something other than potatoes and peas!!! You have changed a lot… This recipe would be worth a try. “
When we are kids, we show so much attitude to our mothers, forgetting how much effort they put in every meal. She makes sure the food satisfies everyone’s preferences and taste, except usually hers. Very rarely would she make what she cherishes? Now I can understand her daily fight about deciding what to cook. Or the times when she used to get sad and irritated if we don’t like her new experimental recipes. But she never used to give up until becoming an expert in that recipe. That’s who she is. A fighter and my role model.
Well, enough of the chatter. Let’s delve into this week’s recipe of Beetroot Vegetable Pulao.
Beetroot vegetable pulao is a sight to see. It has a combination of red, orange, yellow and green colors. The beetroots add a slightly sweet taste to the vegetable pulao. Enjoy this delicacy with your family and have fun.. 🙂
Beetroot Vegetable Pulao