Jalfrezie for Thanksgiving…
Never Too Late: Is there a person you should’ve thanked, but never had the chance? Is there someone who helped you along the way without even realizing it? Here’s your chance to express your belated gratitude.- Daily Prompt
P on the phone: “Hey Sis? How are things?”
Sis: “I’m all right P. What is it this time? You have to be quick. I am about to go shopping”.
P: “It’s nothing. I just wanted to call you and see how you were and…”
Sis: “P, get to the point, I’m in a hurry.”
P: “Well, I just finished making a vegetable Jalfrezie to go with my rice and ‘Sookha rotis’, like what you made for last Thanksgiving, and I followed your instructions exactly… but it does not taste the same like what you make…”
Sis: “So then, could you tell me what you did exactly?”
P: “I’ll read out what I had written down from your instructions…”
P proceeds to read out the recipe from the piece of paper:
“Recipe for vegetable Jalfrezie
2 tbsp oil , 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 1/2 cup onion-chopped fine, 500 gm mixed vegetables-cut chunky, 10 shallots-peeled and halved, 1/4 cup tomato puree,1 tsp ginger paste, 1 tsp garlic paste, 1 tbsp green chillies-chopped fine , 1 1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder, a pinch of garam masala, 2 tomatoes-cut into cubes, coriander leaves-to garnish.
Heat oil and add the cumin seeds, Mix in the chopped onions and sauté till light brown,
Mix in the vegetables, shallots, tomato puree, ginger-garlic paste, green chillies, and chilli powder; Cook vegetables for ten minutes, Add tomato cubes, and cook for another 5 minutes, Stir, sprinkle a pinch of garam masala and cook for about 5 minutes and serve garnished with the coriander leaves.”
Sis: “That sounds all right to me, except that there is no mention of salt…
P: “Oh, should I have added salt? You didn’t tell me that!”
Sis: “I am sure I said salt to taste… Unless you did take it literally and tasted some salt…”
P sheepishly: “Could be… could be… Can I add the salt now? I suppose it is never too late?”
Sis: “You can add the salt now, never too late unless you have finished eating the dish I guess, but the vegetables will not absorb it as well as when it is added while they are being cooked… Anyways, the dish would taste better with some salt even if it is added now.”
P: “OK then. Bye…”
The phone was put down at the other end and then P realised he had forgotten something…
He called her up again and she picked up the phone.
Sis: “What is it now P?”
P: “I just wanted to say thank you. I wanted to thank you when I was over there yesterday at Thanksgiving but it slipped off my mind… I guess it is never too late to let you know how much I appreciate all your help and advices and for putting up with me.”
Sis: “P my dear brother, you don’t have to put into words all your feelings… It’s always written all over your face! I love you for all your quirks!”
P: “Thank you sis! I love you too… And before you go for shopping can you come on Skype and take me through how I can make some ‘Sookha rotis’ to go with the Jalfrezie please?..”
It was too late for P as the phone then was switched off on the other end.