Java plums, or jamun as we call it, takes me back to my classroom in 10th std. (it’s standard, not grade. Why do Indians call it ‘grade’? Unless they’ve changed it now). This was in Mangalore and it rained everyday during monsoons. I’d sit by the window and look out because day dreaming was a part of my own personal curriculum. There it was. A tall jamun tree studded with several bunches of the ripe plums. That’s it. That’s the image I have plastered in my mind of this fruit and what it reminds me of. A simpler time. A simpler place. I baked the cheesecake last evening and it rained this morning to make it all seem perfect. Last year I’d made cake with it and this time I wanted to use it in a cheesecake.
Oh, if you could only get a taste of this one. There’s researched, tried and tested recipes and then there’s completely accidental hits. This one’s the latter. Chicken in chilli and garlic is probably common in most households, but adding a couple of extra things made this one even better. Firstly, the chilli garlic paste was home made with only deseeded Kashmiri chillies and lots of garlic. I keep this in my fridge for those times of spicy needs. Then, I pounded some coriander leaves and stems with more garlic, peppercorns and coriander seeds in my mortar and pestle. Lastly, some maple and chilli garlic glaze on the chicken – all this gave my favourte roast chicken a glamorous makeover.
It’s a continuous struggle to be able to eat relatively healthy and still have a lot of flavour in your food. I Crossfit thrice a week post work and I don’t have the time to cook (or even eat) elaborate meals. Which is also why I haven’t been able to post regularly on the blog. Anyhoo! One of the easiest and quickest meals I can think of making is a chicken stir-fry with a few veggies thrown in. Sometimes it turns into a stew with coconut milk. Other times it ends up becoming something in between. Like this dish for example, isn’t a stew or a stir-fry. But I ate it like a stew for dinner and added some cooked soba noodles for lunch.