WP likes giving prompts, but I never tried them. I mean I haven’t found anything that could particularly interest me or anything I can write a whole blog based on it.
I haven’t participated in a prompt, but I can surely conduct a prompt where people can share their thoughts.
This is also my excuse for not finishing the blog I was working on originally (because it’s based on research). But, I am getting tons of ideas and this particular blog is one such idea.
I was thinking about what food I love the most. Like the food that I want to eat and will not possibly get bored with it. So I made a list of my top 5 favorite food.
As I am home cooked food lover, so I made sure to include only home-cooked food. However, you can tell me your top 5 favorites (home or outside) with a blog of yours.
1: Dal- Chaawal
As I have a lot of non-Hindi-speaking readers, I’ll make sure to give you the translation. Dal means lentils and chaawal means rice. This is a basic food and I think it’s very common in Indian home.
Different people make it differently, but then this can be enjoyed anytime. There are various types of lentils but my top 3 are Red split lentil, red lentil, and pigeon peas (I didn’t know it’s called that, it’s still veg btw). I personally feel these dal taste great with rice. But then there are other dals and we cannot ignore them.
Dal is made in a pressure cooker, the thickness of the dal is based on the amount of water you add and for how long you cook it.
Overall, whatever the dal is, its combo with rice never fails.
2: Puran puri
Majorly Puran puri or poli is a common food in Maharashtra (Indian state), but then it’s not a rule that others can’t eat it, haha.
Puran puri is basically made of Bengal gram split (another dal). Puri is basically a type of chapati. Bengal gram split is soaked overnight and grinded with spices and salt, and that preparation is used as a filling for the puri (made of wheat flour).
My mother makes it in to 2 ways, one is sweet, another is spicy. For sweet, she adds jaggery to it and for spicy she adds spices to it. Then, this puri is made in a round shape, it is made on a pan with some ghee (clarified butter).
These Puran puri are served with curd, chutney (made of mint or coriander).
3: Chole ki sabji
Chole means chickpeas, sabji means vegetable. In India Chole is very popular, especially in northern India. People generally eat Chole with bhatura, which is a kind of puri, made of all-purpose flour. But, I like Chole with Chaawal (rice).
It tops my list of favorite food, and the best thing is it can be enjoyed in every season (unlike my last 2 entries).
4: Makki ke dhokle
Makki is basically corn, and dhokla is a kind of cutlet made with it.
Dhokle is popular in Rajasthan, the state I live in. But, we Indians have no barriers for food. In the corn flour, we add all the spices, coriander leaves, green peas, etc. Then we prepare a dough with it and that dough is used to make dhokle. It is cooked through a steaming process. When done it is generally eaten with coriander chutney (a type of paste), and mixed dal.
Dhokle and corn flour only taste good in winter. Other than dhokla, I also like Makki ki roti, which is chapati made of corn flour.
5: Gajar ka halwa
Another winter food and a favorite in Indian homes is Gajar ka halwa or a sweet made with carrots.
Red carrots which are available in the winter are used for it. Halwa is a type of sweet or porridge. Now Gajar ka halwa is made very differently in different places. Mainly, Carrots are grated (something I help in) and milk is boiled, in that boiled milk various things like condensed milk/ cream grated carrots, sugar, dry fruits, nutmeg, or other things according to the preference are added.
This is made in a duration of a few hours or depending on the flame.
I don’t like many sweets and my diet doesn’t allow me, but I had a lot of halwa this winter as it was all homemade.
Basically, these 5 are my favorite food, I feel special delight when it’s made by my mother.
Now, the way of cooking could be different for others and I shared a basic way. I can cook, but with assistance and these are hard to make, so I gently leave it to the experts like my mother (she doesn’t allow me to work in her kitchen anyway).
What I expect from you >
I don’t want you to comment your favorite food in the comments. No, that’s not why I’ve shared this blog. I would love it if you can write a blog about your 5 favorite food. It could be your favorite home-cooked food or from outside.
You don’t need to explain the whole recipe, but just give a general idea of how it’s made.
You can write and share your blog till 17th April.
I think this prompt will showcase a different variety of food from different corners of the world.
You will hear (or read) from me soon, till then Kindly Smile.