Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Amrika... the land of...

Opportunities? Naah thats cliched...

It is the land of experiments... yup.... it sure is... atleast for an iyer like us...

Oh wait... let me also add Apoo and his experiments with Salmon Kebabs...

Yup... We are talking about experiments of the culinary types...

Now for most of the tams around here (which are more in number than the hot women we discovered here), we thinks the strategy is simple... go to india for around a month... get married and then have a great cook... and the lady has a ready to use chaffeur...

But ours is a different case... we gots married in India... and we are celebrating out honeymoon out here in amrika... ALL ALONE... so there's no one to cook for us... and neither do you find matunga types market around here where you go to this vendor and he starts packing all the vegetables required to make tasty avial... forget avial, we dont even find proper thair saadam (
curd rice) with pickles... which makes our life all the more disastrous... can you imagine the life of an iyer without thair saadam... sense, your curse is now making sense (you sure have a great career in astrology and crystal ball reading and likes)

So what do we do... we just follow the footsteps of an ABCD movie... and end up with something to eat that is something altogether new and unique and wonderful (take our word on that one)... and these experiments are working in our favour till now. We had carried some spices from back home... but that wouldnt suffice... so we go out shopping, which was a terrible experience (we were the ONLY ones walking on the road with the groceries... made us look like the lone ranger... albeit without the horse... talking about which, do beggars drive out here?)

And now, we start our experiments... sambar/rasam made out of italian salad dressing(along with sambar powder too)... with india going global in industries, we cant stay behind with our culinaries... and yes a sambar and rasam with the above ingredient tastes really good... and yes we are alive after consuming that... so its worth a try... and we guarantee that its definitely not fatal...

Then we make breads and omlettes (eggs, we say is a gray area for iyers... we want to believe that egg is vegetarian so that we can consume it... but these non-veggies are trying their level best to get it to the dark non-veg area). Now since we didnt get the normal loaves of bread but a huge pole of bread (alright, the loaved ones were costly), it is very difficult to consume it the normal way. So what do we do... we add the breads to the pan, then add the eggs and then the italian salad dressing (again... it sure comes in handy) and we have something like a bread-egg-upma... bromlette in english... and we havent seen the doctor ever since we have consumed it... so you can try it out yourself...

And, our brains have started to tingle and we started to see an opportunity to improvise on almost everything... we just hope we are going to make some form of avial without any of the original ingredients but end up making tasty avial out of plain and simple "italian salad dressing"... and we'd start dishing out dish after dish after dish until we get an award for "global integrity"...

And by that time, we'd be back in india eating great south indian food made by our amma...

tab tak ke liye... we already have a white apron... to EXPERIMENT around...

adios...

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

if u r not averse to onion, u can dice onion tomato, saute it with little oil , add crumbled bread, li'l salt and pepper(s, u have to crumble the bread pole manually)when the onion, tomato turn golden brown(it is the standard sauted onion color acc. to indian culinary code).season with coriander (if u dont find it, try adding any leaf u come across). lo, u 've got urself a tasty bread uppma. u can march ahead and try, i 've done this so many times that i can do that while i am asleep on my legs.

Keshi said...

came here thru Mr.J's recommendation.

So ur AMRIKAN honeymoon is over now? :)

Keshi.

Poo said...

hello ;))

""" sambar/rasam made out of italian salad dressing""" hahahah wonder how it tastes

Good luck to you !!!

Nice Blog tc

Biju said...

as long as you don't need a doctor, enjoy :D

PizzaDude said...

Good luck with the experiments. "Bromlette" sounds interesting and would have loved to try it out, but am not a big fan of egg.

Oh, First time here and am definitely gonna be a regular here :D

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't you be back eating tasty south indian food made by your loving wife?

divya said...

hmm...don't worry u'll find the replacements in no time i use pasta sauce in my dal tadka..so keep trying..

abhi said...

bhai, look for "plain" yoghurt (that's curd) ... you get it in a tub (which is economical) and smaller plastic cans (amul like)

and where are you picking this up from? Harris Teeter? Send me your address bhai ... don't starve (entertain) urself with crap

Anonymous said...

AAhh the sweet days when i used to walk to get my groceries. Always tougher walking back since i usually shopped a weeks worth of stuff. You get plenty of ready made stuff and mixes in India town when u get tired of experimenting. Plus when all else fails make a sad face in front of our desi banda's and they'll help you out. Enjoy - Anu

Iyer Education said...

@anon1, thanks for the detailed description of bread upma... will definitely try it... not in my sleep though

@keshi, its just begun now... and its an experiment... not really a honeymoon :)

@poo, it sure tastes good... and i am alive after 3 days to reply to this comment... so there... you got the proof

@biju, dont worry... i've got along medical insurance :) (just in case)

@anon2, yeah i wish... i could eat that... but i care for my life... so i refrain :)

@divya, thats kinda good... will try and make daal with pasta sauce... i am already beginning to feel i am not the only one :)

@abhi, thanks... that is what i am going to look for... thair saadam is going to be my lifeline...

@anon-anu-mous, i dont have to go out of my way to look dukhi... but people dont give-in into that look... need to try somethin else i guess... somethin full of "tear" gas :)