Friday, March 09, 2012

Samayal Sodappal

Somehow, cooking has never interested me. May be because it needs a lot of patience, waiting at the stove, kinding, keLaring and before all that cutting the damn vegetables, which takes forever.

The one person I cannot live without in my life is my cook (Ayyo, I am not like 'that' variety please). Given a chance I'd play the 'cook' version of 'ManamagaLe marumagaLe vaa vaa' every morning and evening when she comes (Again, ayyo not to be taking in any 'other' sense. I am sincere and 'straight') . No jokes, but the highest point of my day is when I see the cooks reporting to duty. Yes, I said cooks because there is one in the morning and the other in the evening so that we are not dependent on one person since these Pohe, Upme peoples always have 'Ganpati festival' for 10 days, 'Tulsi ki shaadi' (not the TV serial one, this is the deity), 'Choti holi, badi Holi,' excuses to bunk. Have moved homes some 7-8 times and hence had to put up with atleast 10-12 of these Pohe, Upme peoples , in the last 15 years. The cook is an indispensable part of my life because of my hatred towards this thing called samayal.

There are a lot of blogs around us that have simple, complicated, super confusing recipes with wonderful pictures. I guess that that person, that that interest. All I can do is put clap on the super duper cooking blogs. 

Thought, why not talk about things that I am good at? Like Samayalil Sodappuvadu eppadi? It is not that I get to cook very often (Thank God!). Even the smallest of 'tadka' / 'taalichal' annoys me since the Urad dal / Ulutham paruppu always turns black. Eyyuck! Yesterday was Holi-p-pandigai and the evening cook bunked and the morning cook refused to come in the evening may be 'coz she wanted to put one number Bhaang and relax.

It was too late when we realized the evening cook had ditched us. Was too tired to eat out and both husband and I aren't great fans of Pizzas. There aren't decent restaurants around that deliver good food. The local departmental store too failed to deliver a loaf of bread ("Holi" it seems. Deei! Niruthunga da!) . The husband made maggi which I was told was terrible and hence I didn't want to taste it. Decided to sleep off after a glass of milk. No that was not helping. Semma pasi happened at 10 pm and I decided to make the world famous MTR Readymade Upma. Simple you may think. Not for me. Here you go.

Samayal Sodappal - Recipe for Upma from MTR Breakfast mix packet

Step 1 - Take the MTR breakfast mix packet . Mine was one kasangina packet stuffed inside a big dubba squeezed amidst a million other ready to mix packets.


Step 2- Ignore all the stupid instructions in the packet of cutting onions-u, boiling peas-u, mannangatti and terupuzhudi. In my opinion, ready made means ready made. You put in water, it should apdiye come like Upma. What's the use of promoting these are ready to eat etc when you end up wasting your precious energy cutting veggies?

Step 3 - Boil water (sorry no picture) in a kadai, add a spoon of oil or ghee.

Step 4- Put this MTR breakfast mix in water. Mix well. 

Step 5 - Try and eat. If you are a believer of your own work - a person of self confidence - an epitome of self righteousness etc. you will eat .. eat atleast half of what you have made, with a great smile and a sense of pride and contentment on your face.

Step 6 - This is what it looks like when you chuck most of what you have made after all the build-up of pride, self righteousness, epitome, contentment etc.... THE REMAINS IN THE DAMN SINK!



I hope I don't get to update more on this 'Samayal Sodappal' series since that would mean both cooks mattam pottufying which will be doomsday for me. But yes, if you my dear readers encourage me by liking this post, posting on fb, RT-ing on twitter etc, I may look at a you tube channel exclusively for Samayal Sodappal and you never know, I just may get spotted by some producer, actor and could be offered (ahem!) to write and direct a movie that'll obviously be titled 'Samayalil Sodappuvadu Eppadi?' Help pannunga please!

15 Responses:

moe said...

good one. was it eatable?

amas said...

If you get a chance to make a movie I will definitely be your allakai :) seriouslY! I just can't believe there is somebody exactly like me in this universe. I sometimes think I even decided to leave US and move back to India just to avoid cooking. When my cook takes leave (after informing, that is) I ask her to for the whole time she will be absenting and I store it in the fridge. I would rather re heat and eat than make anything on my own. And when there is no food (there will be batter in the fridge)I will choose one of the two options 1. go hungry. 2. eat fruits. LOVED your post :)
amas32

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ssstoryteller said...

Super...

Anonymous said...

wonder why u didnt learn frm ur fab cook mum and super cook mami?!
UK

krishnashankar said...

you have an uncanny knack of presenting things in great style, enjoyed reading. I always thought 'izhuthu pothindu''mannangatti' therupuzhudhi'are words commonly used only in our household!!

Anonymous said...

I totally love your blog, but come on, cooking is not that bad!

inbavalli said...

LOL. You actually tried to sleep on an empty stomach? I would die of self-pity before dying of hunger. MTR upma is total fraud. They have a masala variety of upma (greem packet) which is slightly decent. Try it next Holi ;)

inbavalli said...

Aiyya! Mohammed Ghajini range la comment try panni I succeeded!

Deepa Krishnan said...

Ha! Another thoroughly enjoyable post. Loved the reference to the pohe-upme types :) heeheeehee

sai said...

having fought my battles with MTR, I can sympathise with you (it's tough being a Punjabi, a bad cook, and loving South Indian food).
P.S. I absolutely love your blogname....

A Beautifulmind said...

you are awesome! story teller... :)

Ganga said...

pohe upme types... funny..

unfortunately i am dependent on my own cooking whenever MIL leaves out of town..

more than me cursing the idea of my cooking.. my spouse takes to his heels for Lunch/Dinner meetings...

Anonymous said...

My first sothappal in cooking was Maggi ... A frnd and I did that... after that nothing has been anything to close to that. I could say hey come on cooking isnt that bad/ difficult .. But ur right every one has a skill and orientation is diff for diff people...

all the best though.... Hope u dont stay hungry anytime ....

Niranjana said...

Your commentary is so refreshing! Thanks! It was a pleasure reading through your blog. All the best! :)