You’ve woken up late, want to pee but you’re late, so you hold it in and wake up the kids pleading and threatening in turns, switching off the fan, rushing to the fridge and then to the kitchen, all the while shrieking to make sure the kids are in the bathroom, shifting from one foot to another, prepping the veggies, washing the dal, pouring batter into the idli plates, calling out to check that they’re bathing and not sleeping by the bucket or water-fighting, setting the pressure cooker on the stove and looking to steal a few mins to go to the bathroom but one of them demands to know the lunch and the other can’t find the tie and by the time you’ve sorted that, you need to check on the vegetables, you remove the hot idli plates from the gundaan and tie her ponytails while the idlis cool, you pack the lunch, give them a plate of idlis to share, change from the nighty into the shabbier three-fourth pants, slip on someone else’s slippers and walk across to the bus stop, help them into the school van, wave bye, walk back home, check the stove to make sure everything is switched off, go to the bathroom and lock yourself in and sit on the toilet, close your eyes in a kind of accomplished relief and you hear through the bathroom door – “Where is the towel”?
It’s as if somebody has snatched my award-winning moment from me.
I therefore believe mothers tend to have greater holding capacity. I also believe bathroom doors need to be sound proof.
The bathroom is the last refuge, my me-time of the day, my meditation space and I want no interruption there. It’s my Mount Everest.
“Every mommy needs a sound proof bathroom”
You’ll love this Healthy twist to fried rice – Paneer fried matta rice
Everyone needs to make this paneer fried matta rice to believe how tasty matta rice can be. Kerala matta rice is a kind of red rice popular in Kerala and Karnataka. The uncooked rice grains are brown coloured. Once cooked they turn white with thin red streaks. They’re chewy, nutty and incredibly filling. This paneer fried matta rice is an ingenious way to include a healthy alternative rice into your diet. You get to relish your favourite paneer fried rice sans the guilt. This rice takes longer to cook and requires more water. I do not use pressure cookers to cook rice. I simply let the rice cook in a pot of water and strain the water once the rice I cooked.
This paneer fried matta rice is a great option for your carb cravings but with fewer calories. Try today! Tag me if you make it.
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- Paneer – 200 gm cut into cubes
- Green peas – ¾ cup
- Kerala matta Rice – 1 cup (200 gm)
- Onion – 1 large chopped fine
- Garlic – 2 cloves chopped fine
- Worcestershire sauce – 1 tbsp
- Light Soy sauce – 1 tbsp
- Black pepper powder – 1 tsp
- Sugar – a pinch (optional)
- Salt to taste
- Coconut oil or any other cooking oil – 2 tbsp
- Enough Water to cook rice – 4 cups
- Rinse the rice in 2-3 changes of water. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Drain the rinsed rice and add to the boiling water. Allow to cook for 20-30 minutes or until the rice is cooked through. A cooked rice grain should be easy enough to press between your fingers. Note that this rice will still hold its shape and not turn as mushy as regular white rice. When the rice is cooked, switch off and allow the water to drain completely. Spread the rice out on a large plate and allow to cool down under a fan.
- Meanwhile heat a large wok or pan. Add the oil. When the oil turns hot, add the chopped garlic and onion and saute till the onion turns translucent.
- Add the paneer cubes and peas and fry for about 5 minutes or until the paneer is slightly toasted.
- Add the sauces, pepper powder and salt and mix well. Cook for a minute.
- Add the cooked and cooled rice and mix gently until everything is nicely mixed. Taste and adjust seasoning. I like to add just a tiny pinch of sugar to round out the flavours. You may omit this step if you wish.
- Switch off. Serve hot!