My all time super hero and fab actor, Rajesh Khanna passes away. I was silent. I felt like a apart of my childhood may not exist any more. All those times when I felt lonely it was the soul searching Anand and Namak Haram that came to my aid. My first inspiration to go to the kitchen to make something (when I was 10 yrs to make nimbu paani) was Bawarchi. I cherished the meaning of a true companionship and friendship in Amar prem. Most of regular movies during the weekend involved Rajesh Khanna's movies. These were the only set of movies that the whole family agreed to see.
Avi is the most persistent soul I know who will never cease to make me crack up. He asked me to cheer up and cook something new to change my mood. Mean while, he who is not fond of old movies(bleached prints as he refers to them), just for my sake, played Bawarchi during dinner. We devoured my new recipe while seeing the old movie.
This recipe is for Rajesh Khanna. For the years of soulful movies that made me cry, laugh, love and smile.
Recipe and Picture Copyright:- Write Food
1.5 cup of sliced okra
1/2 cup of paneer
1 medium sized onion diced
1 tbsp of tomato paste
1 tsp of ajwain
1 tsp of jeera
1/2 tsp of turmeric
1 tsp of red chilli powder
1 tsp of garam masala
2 tbsp of oil
salt to taste
In a iron kadai, heat oil.
Add the ajwain and jeera. Let them sizzle
Add the okra and fry until the okra is crip. (Fry in high heat)
Add the diced onions and fry until they turn pink. (In medium heat)
Add red chilli powder, paneer and garam masala.
Fry well. Toss gently so that the okra doesn't break.
Add the tomato paste (make sure it is not too thick or else add 1 tsp of water to thin it up) .
Add salt and give it a toss. Turn off the heat and keep the curry close for 10 mins. Toss again.
Serve hot with rotis.