So I was complaining about the electric stove na? It stopped working *bursts into tears* and our lovely landlady replaced it with an INDUCTION STOVE ! I mean, really????
This one is a black sleek device which makes a sound that goes guuuunnnnnnn! and imagine early in the morning when there is absolute silence (that is another post in itself), the stove goes guuuunnnnnn guuuuunnnn! And to top it all, my cooker does not work on it…it is not induction compatible *bursts into bigger tears* out of my three kadais only one works and the chapati tawa doesnt work! One small frying pan does, which means I have to make dosas, parathas, rotis and all that in one tawa…we have stopped having dal and subji on the same day..only one kadai na..so either I make dal or I make subji 😉
And the fact that it costs 100s of dollars and should be scratch free makes my heart goes thud thud thud every time I use it 😦
And it is such a contrast to the electric stove because this heats up in seconds..So for the first week it was installed I managed to burn the only got set of patrams I had left! I should rename myself from RM to BurnM really! I have made fantastically blackened dosas, jale hue besan ke ladoo, burnt theplas and what not!
We went and got a rice cooker in desperation! So rice is not an issue (btw I made dal dhokli and soups in the rice cooker..queen of jugaad na!)
And then all this phoren vegetables and fruits*laughs loud*
I have learnt a lot of things about cooking and vegetables and fruits in the past 5 months
1. Frozen cut bhindi can turn as slimy as a snake. The way to cook it is – Put it into the microwave for 10 minutes, make the subji in a wide sauce pan and use lots of oil …(They don’t grow bhindi in Oz :()
2. Zucchini can be used to make theplas, avial, handvo, pasta, kootu and errrr…I dont know what else I have used it in!
3. I miss kadipatta so much! I have not been able to find them here AT ALL!
4. There are some 150 varieties of apples in Tasmania and each one of them is yummmm
5. The Australians call the smaller sister of orange as mandarin and the orange musambis as oranges…In short, I am super confused what to call what!
6. Corriander and mint are verryyyy expensive so I use them very very carefully..
7. Frozen green chillies are 10000 times hotter!
8. The carrots here are bright orange so the halwa I make turns out to be unrealistically orange in colour..R asked me the first time if I had added orange colour to it!
9. Coconuts are a rarity..I have not used coconut at all in my cooking..On Vishu day I made avial with dry dessicated coconut heheheh!
10. Ginger and garlic are super expensive too!
11. Beetroots are sold with their leaves so I use them to make theplas too!
12. There is something called silverbeet which is like spinach. However my family refused to believe that my silverbeet corn subji was the same as palak corn! hmpf!
13. The strawberries here also are sour! So much for thinking that only Indian strawberries are sour! Though the girls love them to bits
14. There are so many exotic veggies I see when we shop like brussels sprouts, asparagus, boychok or something..I still dont know why we are not buying it yet!
I have, of course, tried loads and loads of new recipes, more misses than hits but hey who cares? Its all about experimenting and experiencing eh?
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