That’s it, I just need to come to terms with the fact I can’t cook Indian food!
I spend a good hour earlier trying to solve the mystery that is getting a chapati to puff! I concluded the problem was not using a cast iron pan. The nearest thing I had was my mums le creuset casserole dish, which my chapati promptly stuck to. So I thought ok, this time ill add a little oil to stop that happening again, wasn’t thinking, in I pour olive oil (!) into a scorching hot pan which fills the kitchen with smoke and promptly leaves massive brown burn marks on the bottom. I then spend the next half hour trying to remove said burn marks before mother sees it and kills me for wrecking the uber expensive dish!!
Will my woes be remedied by biting the bullet and investing in a tawa? I’ve tried all sorts of doughs – wet, dry, with oil, without oil, with yogurt, with ghee, the best I’ve had so far was this half-puff with a reasonably moist flour and water dough (excuse the blurry photo)
And don’t even start me on curry! I can follow the same recipe twice and get two completely different currys, one nice, one nasty! I’ve memorised the recipe Babu taught me when he was here but that is different every time too, and I’ve yet to get it tasting the same as when he was here helping me make it – I tried the other day and didn’t even get past the onions because I got distracted and they got burnt!
And desserts, I have made dodgy jalebis, nasty chum chums, and crunchy gulab jamuns. No matter how much syrup I give my jamuns they drink it all up and end up with crunchy crystallised sugar on the outside – they taste good but they’re not right! And then there was the time I tried to make motichoor ladoos – mess, mess, mess, a couple of hours resulting in zero ladoos!!
Please don’t get me wrong, generally I am known for being a good cook and an excellent baker – I’ve been told on several occasions to quit my job and take up baking! I can cook Italian from scratch without a recipe, I make my own yogurt and paneer, and am generally quite good with other most dishes, it’s just Indian!!
I feel the need to justify this with the photo below . . . nom nom nom. . .
Am I trying too hard or what? I just can’t seem to master it and its driving me mad! Think I need to get myself a cook book and go back to basics!