Thursday, November 29, 2012
Kosha Dim – The same Egg Curry, a different day, a different way ...
Kosha Dim – The same Egg Curry, a different day, a different way
It was a cold winter evening when she headed home from an uneventful day at work thinking of making something simple and easy for dinner. It had not been a very good day, like most days now .. she was tired of doing the same things for so long. She frantically needed a change, not from her workplace, but the work she was doing. However, she could not winch or make a face, there were people around who would have been happy knowing she was not happy and getting frustrated – a typical work environment it was.
She got back home & went through her stockpile, there was a pack of Eggs sitting there, as always. However, just like doing the same work was getting her frustrated, she was bored of the same Egg Curry she had grown up eating. Thoughtlessly she picked out some Onions and Green Chillies and made a paste, she also puréed a Tomato, shelled some Peas, all this while she kept thinking what she thought life would be and what it was today. Not that she was unhappy, she married the Man she loved and settled down some time back, the way they had wanted; she was pretty happy in fact, in her personal life. It was her professional life which troubled her day and night. She couldn’t comprehend where she was heading, she did enjoy her work very much, but fate had been unkind to her and the thing she enjoyed doing till some time back, now she dreaded the most.
Half heartedly she got back to her Egg Curry and prepared it, absent minded all the time. He returned home and she tried being her usual cheerful self. The last thing she wanted was to pester him after a tiring day. Though he was very patient with her when she was upset still she refrained from dragging work to home midweek.
They sat down for dinner and after the first bite he said, “How do you mange to cook so well even after a hard day at work? How do you manage to make something different every time”? She smiled, first a grin and then a wide beam, this is what she lived for. This was what formed the base of her being; doing little things for people she loved dearly, the ones she held very close to her heart. She continued eating with her head bent tucking at the food on her plate. She realized yet again, there were some relationships in life which made life worth living, there were some moments in life which made life worth living like the one she just shared with her Man. That night sleep did not come easily, she kept changing sides, but she had understood, this is not the end of the world; while it was night where she was, in another part of the World, the Sun had already risen and it was a bright day with new hopes and fresh imaginings.
Here is what you will need to make Kosha Dim (Egg Curry):
Eggs – 6, hard boiled, shelled
Onion – 1 large – made into paste
Green Chillies – 5 – made into paste along with the Onions
Tomato – 1 medium – puréed
Peas – a handful, shelled
Whole Dry Red Chillies – 3
Bay Leaf – 1
Ginger – Grated – 1 tsp
Ginger – Grated – ½ tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp + 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar to balance
Mustard Oil / Cooking Oil – 3 tbsp
Hard boil the Eggs, shell them and smear them with 1 tsp of Turmeric Powder and Salt for 10 minutes. Make slits on them lengthwise like in the picture, do not puncture the Yolk. Just to make sure some flavors go into the Egg White while cooking.
Heat 1 tbsp of Mustard Oil in a Pan and shallow fry the Eggs till brown and keep.
Add 2 more tbsp of Mustard Oil to the same Pan, heat it up.
Add the Whole Dry Red Chillies and Bay Leaf and let it sizzle for 30 seconds.
Add the Onion Paste and sauté them till golden brown.
Add the Ginger Garlic Paste and cook till for some time.
Add the puréed Tomato and cook for some time.
Add the Peas.
Add the dry spices, Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Red Chilli Powder, Salt and Sugar and mix.
Once they gravy is cooked, add water and bring it to boil.
Add the Eggs and let the Curry simmer for some time.
Once desired consistency is reached, turn off the stove.
Serve with plain white Rice.