While browsing through the pages of my black diary, I came across a few entries which I believed I had already shared with the world but my archives told me otherwise.
August afternoon, 2016
I was working in the kitchen when I heard him speaking to someone over phone. And when he calls the name ‘Rajesh’ I immediately ran into the room to hear their conversation. Finding me sitting curious in front of him, he described the conversation through his hands. After he put the phone down, I already knew what we are up to.
(Inder’s college friends with their families)
I first met my lovely and gorgeous friend Daisy (Rajesh’s wife) at Delhi Haat,which also happens to be her favorite place. Due to our love of small little things, kids of almost same age, husband who has been friends for almost three decades we hit it off immediately. What I like most about her that she never looks at my shopping bag in disgust (because hers is always heavier than me). On a serious note her ability to find joy in small little things serves as an inspiration. Besides that, she is a great cook and loves to invite people on her long dining table. I have been many times lucky to taste and eat her delicious food.
But, it all comes to a halt after she became pregnant with her second child.. They both got busy raising money to buy their own home; and of course, to welcome their new child.
The excitement is palpable, as we were meeting after 8 long years. To take something along with me I walked into the kitchen to whip up a chocolate cake for them.
“No time for cake.” Inder announced. So I packed Kadhi that I have cooked for our lunch.
That was our first visit to their new home. Due to all the decoration done on the entrance it was easy to spot their home. Doning her ever beautiful smile she welcomed us in. As I entered, my eyes instantly fell upon the iron lantern and the plant hanger which we bought together from Delhi Haat. No wonder, if she still has those, she is always a keeper of good things. After making us comfortable she walked into the kitchen to bring her very special coffee.
By then, Rajesh helped us to look around their bright and cheery house. Their most amazing attic, a knee size blue cupboard, copper glasses, blue pottery dinner plates, a harry potter wall hanging made by her lovely daughter, a cupboard full of trophies, paintings made by her and her children, a fruit filled lemon plant…..well every single item in their home is so unique; and clearly shows the time and effort spend.
While I was still looking at all the decor in awe, Daisy came in holding a tray of coffee in her hand. While sipping our coffee, we exchanged stories of all that has happened since we had last seen each other. We both have endless stories to share but our hungry kids didn’t let us talk for more than two hours.
I accompanied her to her open but compact kitchen where all preparations were already done we just needed to roll a few chapaties. So I offered her this help but soon realized that it was difficult to match her speed, so I withdrew myself from there and started helping Khushi in plating the food. Her one dish that won us comepletely over was Sooji mathri. They were so delicious that that both Virat and me ate nothing but the mathri. Later on Virat’s request I learnt from her how to make them. We ended our dinner with a cake which they brought in to celebrate Inder’s birthday.
I hated it when it was time to leave. . With a promise to meet each other soon we walked off.
With this post I wanted to share that mathri recipe but when I checked my album I realized I have accidently deleted the pictures. So I thought , a cake always serves best. I made this on Virat’s birthday this year. Virat totally loved it.
Recipe adapted from Totally the bomb
- Whole wheat flour – 1 1/2 cups
- Sugar – 1 cup
- baking soda – 1 tsp
- salt – ½ tsp
- white vinegar – 1 tsp
- vegetable oil – 5 tbsp
- water – 1 cup
- vanilla essence – 1 ½ tsp
Preheat oven to 180 degree C.. Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
In another bowl mix all the wet ingredients. Now mix dry with the wet and beat for about 2 minutes. Divide the mixture in 4 bowls, add a drop of different gel color in each. In 4 lined or greased (size 4 inch) baking pans pour the mixture and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until skewere tested comes out clean
Let it cool, then top with your favorite frosting.