A life without friends is like food without spices or salt. No flavor, no taste and absolutely no fun. We are grown ups now. The definition of friendship must have evolved over the years. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t share laughter, tears, happiness, mood swings, anger and every possible emotion with a friend. That friend becomes someone who you can confide in. Life gets complex and totaly difficult and crazy as we grow old. I have friends with whom I have grown up from a school going toddler to middle school kid to a girl and then a lady. The friends we make in adulthoods are different. They become our sense of support and pillar of strenghth. I am sure you all agree to me when I say that we choose friends based on common interests. We may have different friends for different activities but only very few friends will fit in all your topics of interest and on such friend to be is Prerna. We may have known each other through our blogs but the friendship has expanded beyond the blog. We are friends as a family now. The most important in my relationship with her is that there is a sense of mutual respect, love and care for each other.
I was the most excited person when she came out with the book “The Everything Indian Slow Cooker Cookbook“. Go grab a copy if you haven’t. It is selling like hot cakes in the market now. Her blog Indian Simmer is a source of inspiration for many bloggers. She has magic in her hands and her pictures speak to me. I can taste the dish when I see her pictues. I love her styling and composition in her pictures. Her recipes work like a magic. She is pro and I pray tha she goes places in this field of food, writing and photography. When we met, our topics are about what to eat, where to buy which ingredient and in short, it’s all about food. Food brought us together and food is keeping us together. When I moved to my own domain, I had few bloggers in my mind whose work is inspiring me every minute. I specifically wanted Prerna and few special friends (names will be revealed soon) to write a post for me as they are an integral part of my life. We have had so many beautiful memories together and hope to create more such beautiful memories in the days to come. Now I am letting Prerna take over.
I am not a phone person. I never was, not even in my teenage, when its supposed to be one of your daily rituals to glue your ears to the phone for at least a few hours a day. No, not even then! I can find a 100 reasons not to be able to pick up the phone and call someone. It has always been like that. I guess I believe more in eye to eye and face to face conversations than long chats over an electronic device while staring at the ceiling or wandering around? Then I never remember special days of friends and family. I always call a week after birthdays of friends and act to have remembered a wrong date. I over commit and then try to work night and days to keep the commitments. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I do not. These are all bad habits, I know but that’s who I am. I have lost touch with friends due of this, but those who understood, stuck around. I cannot say that I was ever the most popular kid in the class. Not in school, nor in college and not even after that but I have always been lucky to have friends. Many good ones who even after calling me for the nth time still call to check on me and also complain in the end that I don’t call. Ones who call me on their birthdays and remind me to wish them. Ones who know what my “problem” is, (I know that they do because they have told me several times) but still make sure I do not fall flat on my face because of that.
Vijitha or Vij as I call her has become one such friend. Someone I met with a couple other blogger friends at a coffee shop an year and a half back and thought what a chatterbox this girl is. And now she has become one of the reasons why I am thankful for starting a food blog. She isn’t used to me saying so many nice things about her, all at the same time so I will stop right here. Now even before my book came out Vij had asked for a signed copy of the book so that we can give it away to one of the loyal readers of her blog. So after many reminders and then a few threatening emails and personal home visits I finally sat down today and worked this post up for her. The recipe I am sharing today is one of the traditional ways goat meat is cooked in North India. You can find this and many other slow cooker recipes on my cookbook “The Everything Indian Slow Cooker Cookbook” which you also have a chance to win today. Hope you like it!
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Gosht Shorba (Goat Curry)
- ¼ cup oil or ghee (clarified butter)
- 2-3 bay leaves
- 4-5 cloves
- 3-4 whole dried red chilies
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4-5 green cardamom pods
- 2 tablespoons ginger-garlic paste
- 1 cup Curry paste (a slow cooker friendly recipe in the book)
- Salt to taste
- 2 lbs goat meat (can also use lamb)
- 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes
- Water as/if needed
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
- Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add all the dry whole spices. Let it cook for 30 secs- a minute until they are golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste. Let it brown and then add curry paste and salt. Cook for 1 minute until the oil starts to separate.
- Add the goat meat. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until outside of the meat is browned, stirring occasionally. Transfer to the slow cooker.
- Drain extra liquid from the canned tomatoes and pour tomatoes over the meat. Add upto 1 cup of water if you like your gravy thin. I personally so not. Mix, cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for upto 8 hours or until the meat is cooked through.
- Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with Naan, Paratha or simple steamed rice.