Love and light

My childhood was filled with memories of the most delicious, mouthwatering, love filled food and snacks. There was nothing a hot cup of chai or a little bit of ghee couldn’t fix. Each bite was was as warm as a hug.

My Maa (Roshni ~ meaning light) has been my guiding light and Masterchef in the kichidi of life. Watching her plate up love in the kitchen is nothing short of magic. Her secret ingredients - a pinch of Roshni (light) and heaps of love.

Healthy greens and childhood nostalgia

Growing up, Maa’s Ghotal Bhaji curry mixed with rice and a generous serving of homemade ghee was a staple when recovering from a cold. But slimy greens have never sat well with me, so Maa would have to make mini ghotal bhaji ‘ladoos’ and hand feed me. 25+ years later, nothing has changed, and being hand fed by Maa is the only way I’ll eat anything green, health and slimy.

2 tablespoons of cooking oil (Maa uses sunflower oil)
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
Half thinly slices onions
2 teaspoon freshly minced/ finely chopped garlic
3 freshly minced chilli
1 small sliced eggplant (soak sliced eggplant in a bowl of water till ready to use - this recused browning of egglpant)
⅓ cup fresh rosella leaves
Salt to taste
2 bunches of amaranth leaves or spinach washed and chopped (chopped spinach should equate to 6 loosely packed cups)
1 large tomato (chopped)
1 cup finely chopped coriander leaves
Serves 6

Prepare all ingredients as per list
Heat oil in a medium sized pot in and add mustard seeds and cumin seeds
Once aromatic, add in the onion, garlic and chilli and saute till onions and garlic start to brown
Drain eggplant and add to the pot along with the rosella leaves. Add salt, mix well and cover with a lid eggplant becomes slightly mushy
Add spinach and mix well. Cover with lid and let sit on low flame for 2-3 mins
Add tomato and mix. Cover with lid and let sit on low flame till water has evaporated
Turn off flame, add coriander leaves and use a wooden potato masher to evenly mash the curry until the mixture is evenly blended
Serve Ghotal Bhaji with Rice and a dollop of home made ghee