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How I Make Dinner

My experiences in grocery shopping was limited to driving my mother to the store and later, pushing around the cart while she did the shopping. After moving out (and being married) I have to do my own grocery shopping. Living in the Bay Area it isn’t hard to find an Indian store. You’ve just got to follow the saree clad Aunty and she will lead you right to it.

I love the store we go to. They always play old Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi songs. My mum listens to these songs endlessly when she cooks. So now every time I’m at the store I feel like she is next to me shouting at me for picking up the wrong tomato . The only veggies I know how to make reasonably enough are okra and potato, and the staple of any Indian kitchen onions and tomatoes. So I made them for a few weeks oblivious to the fact that there were other vegetables in the world.

One fine day we were sick of okra and potatoes. Jay was being spontaneous and picked out a random vegetable. We didn’t know what it was called. So we did a Google image search (thanks technology!) and found that it was Bottle Gourd. Another Google search later we figured out what we could do with it. And thus lunch was made.

As a novice in the kitchen, I would be right where I started if it wasn’t for technology. But I have now surpassed my own expectations. While I’m not yet a wizard in the kitchen, I can cook a tasty meal to survive. I have to give credit where credit is due and I thank all the amazing food bloggers who help me make dinner. If it weren’t for you, this household would just be a Maggi fest all day everyday. So thank you Nags from cookingandme, The Pioneer Woman and Haathi from Hungry and Excited for doing what you do.

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10 thoughts on “How I Make Dinner

  1. Though I was doing okay with all the daily sabzi roti n stuff but I totally agree on the wonderful food bloggers we have out there, they have added so much to my cooking skills, variety in my kitchen and over all satisfaction levels when I cook :). Best of luck with your cooking :)

  2. Hahaha……… I can so relate. You are at least better than I was. When we first moved, six moths after we got married, I made microwave idlies, from a packet of ready made idli mix for a whole week :-)

  3. Oh I hear you! I didn’t know my podis from one to the other, when I started out. I used to think entering the kitchen was beneath me until we moved to our own home and my survival kind of depended on it!
    Trawling foodblogs and seeing those gorgeous pictures definitely egged me on and if it werent for that encouraging beginning, I couldnt have made it. And neither would my husband :P

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