It was a fulfilling evening for Pari yesterday.
Fulfilling – literally – as she made her own dish and ate it too – without complaints!
Pari enters the kitchen yesterday evening declaring that she wants to cook "something". Now, this was not the first time. This girl has a huge fascination for all things related to cooking. Be it chopping, kneading the dough, rolling chapatis, making ginger tea or just standing at the platform – on her small pedestal – putting the flame high and low, high and low! I used to be this way as a little girl (and, still am) so, no wonder, she's taken after me.
And, it's perfectly fine with me, except that when she gets along side me in the kitchen, it can take ages to finish the task that I could have otherwise done in minutes!
And yet, I allow her sometimes for, I know she adores being in the kitchen!
Even as I was wondering what is it that she can cook with ease, she had already made up her mind!
She had set her heart on 'Banana Chat'. She's made that before and enjoys the process thoroughly.
Banana Chat – a simple and very delicious (and nutritious) dish/salad…
- First off, she slices the two bananas. I never give her a knife. It's always the eatiing knife which works well for bananas and some other 'easy' chopping task.
- Then, she adds half a teaspoon sugar. One can add honey instead of sugar.
- Next goes ground rock salt and ground black pepper.
- Finally, lemon juice. We added juice from 1 lemon. One can add as per taste.
- We allowed all the seasonings to marinate with the lemon juice and mixed well after a few minutes.
The taste is heavenly! A perfect 5-minute sweet dish/salad/'chat' after a meal.
You can make several variations of it – by adding apple, chikoo, or any other fruit. You can even add some veggies. Cucumber goes very well with banana. Coriander too.
Now, was the time for her to go around sharing the news with the two grandmas (Nani and Dadi) and her Uncle (Mama)!
And, that was a longer process than the making of the dish itself… :)
I have to share this with you – getting these little ones to make a dish or even involving them a bit in the cooking process makes them eat it with enthusiasm – without tantrums!