Repentant Breakfast - Paneer Bhurji
Paneer Bhurji with toast
"I knew it! You were blogging, weren't you?"
I turn to see my son standing in the doorway of the office room. He has this accusing look on his face (or so it seems to me)
"You are always on the computer, mom!, I can't even use it anymore"!!
I can remember the days when the shoe was on the other foot, so as to speak. I would be the one catching him hogging the computer all the time.
My family thinks that I am addicted to blogging. I have to guiltily admit that I too think that I am. I am always running upstairs to check my blog for comments or respond to comments. I cannot pass by the office room without checking the computer.
Picture this: Family Movie Night - we are sprawled on the floor watching a movie with the kids. We take a break to make some popcorn. As the kernels pop in the microwave, I quickly slip upstairs to check my blog. I come back thinking no one would have noticed, but the smell of burnt popcorn in the microwave tells my sorry story. How was I to know that the popcorn setting on the microwave does not work for these new mini-bags that we picked up?
"You went upstairs to check your blog didn't you"? is the unspoken question hanging heavily in the air. I furtively throw the burnt bag away and put a fresh one in, thinking that no one will notice and sit back down to watch the rest of the movie.
It used to be, that my first activity on waking up would be to go downstairs and make a good cup of chai. Darn it, I had even blogged about this! These days, my first activity is to go to the computer and check my blog - sometimes even before I brush my teeth!!
There was one day when I was so busy blogging, I didn't realize how much time had passed and I *ahem* forgot to make dinner!!
I can almost see the headlines in the newspaper:
"Suburban mom forgets to feed kids as she shoots pictures of food"
"Starving kids wonder if aliens abducted their mom and substituted a photo fiend from planet Blogcury in her place"
Dear fellow bloggers, am I alone in my near fanatic desire to blog all the time? How much time do you spend blogging?
Is there help for people like me? Is there a "Bloggers Anonymous" ?
Anyways, back to the story. After the Family Movie Night fiasco, I made them a good breakfast the next day. My version of "Paneer Bhurji". This is quick dish despite the fact that it is made from scratch.
I think they forgave me after eating this :-)
4 cups of 2% or whole milk (1 cup per person)
1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
1/2 small white onion, chopped very fine
1 tbsp oil
2 green chillies, chopped
1/2 tsp jeera seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp asafoetida powder
cilantro leaves for garnish
salt and pepper to taste
- Add the turmeric powder and salt to the milk. Mix well.
- Heat the milk in a microwave safe bowl till it starts to bubble and almost boil over. For 4 cups of milk, for me, it takes 7-8 minutes in a 1000 watt m/w oven.
- Slowly add the vinegar. Be very careful as sometimes the pent up steam can cause the milk to bubble over.
- The milk should start to curdle and break into small chunks of cheese.
- Step 2 can also be done over a gas/electric stove if preferred. I just like the convenience of the microwave and ease of cleanup.
- Line a tea strainer or small colander with a coffee filter and strain the milk cheese through it. Let this drain while you get the other ingredients ready. You can also press with the back of a spoon to squeeze more of the whey out.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in a saucepan.
- When the oil is hot, add the jeera and then the asafoetida.
- When the jeera seeds sizzle, add the chopped onions and green chillies.
- Fry the onions till they are translucent.
- Add the milk cheese mixture and fry for a few minutes to incorporate well.
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Sprinkle with chopped cilantro leaves and serve.
Variations: You can add more veggies if you wish. I avoid tomatoes as that will make the bhurji soggy, but capsicum, peas, carrots would be good choices. You can also add garam masala to spike it up a bit. My family likes this fairly plain, so that's how I make it.