At one time, I had no idea of life's real deal.
I used to write a lot on pain but had no idea what real pain was.
Strangely, now that I have seen what life's real tough game is all about, what losing a loved one in the real sense is, I have nothing to write.
All words seem to have disappeared into thin air.
Just like fair weather friends.
All expressions void.
There is no way I can put forth anything ... just so that I can lighten my heart a little.
This is my blog, my space. I know I should.
But I can't.
Life. That is.
I had made this muri ghonto with some of the Pui or Malabar spinach that I had got from Bangalore, a few months back.
Since I had got two big bunches, I have been happily cooking up Pui dishes for a while.
After the bhaja, the jhaal, the bora, and the posto pui, I still had enough to make a chanchra (post coming up soon ) and this muri ghonto.
I had a fresh Rohu head and with a generous amount of pui thrown in, it made a good ghonto.
I have added garlic this time and the ghonto turned out to have the exact flavours of any Odiya chencheda or ghanto. The flavours that are so familiar to me; which I have grown up enjoying so much.
Reminded me of our Oriya cook back home.
No more digressing to memories.
On to the recipe instead.
Head of Rohu fish - 1, fried with salt and turmeric and broken
Pui or Malabar spinach - 3 cupfuls, chopped, including some baby stalks
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Ginger paste - 1 tsp
Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Dry red chillies - 2, broken
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Sugar - to taste
Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
How to :
Heat the oil in a kadahi.
Add the jeera + broken dry chillies.
Add the ginger + garlic paste and fry well.
Add the fish head and fry some more.
Add the pui. Mix well.
Add salt + sugar. Cover and cook till the leaves are well cooked.
Remove cover and cook till all water has dried up.
Take care to stir from time to time.
Add red chilli powder and give a good mix again.
And oh! signing off with a look of the throw that I had promised all of you on my page on fb.