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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Eat Breakfast like a King


The smell of cooking that wafts through the kitchen from Guptaji’s house, who lives next door is mesmerizing! There have been occasions when my attention got diverted to an extent, that by mistake I rang the bell of their house instead of mine! Fortunately, before they opened the door, I realized my folly and quickly retraced the steps back home lest I make a complete fool of myself! Last weekend, when I was just getting ready to go out, the bell rang and there stood, Mrs and Mr Gupta.  I greeted them and ushered them inside! We talked for about an hour discussing several things when they stood up and got ready to leave.

‘Why don’t you come home for breakfast tomorrow’ Mrs Gupta asked my wife. ‘It has been a long time,’ she continued.

We could not refuse the lovely invitation and thanked them for their kindness.

Next morning, we got dressed for the occasion, and landed at their house exactly at 9AM. Mrs Gupta opened the door. She greeted us  and asked us to join them directly at the dining table which was beautifully laid out. The forks and spoons were neatly arranged on spotless white table cloth and the glassware sparkled. Radhika , their daughter came and wished us as she helped her mother in laying the table. We kept joking till the food arrived. There was fresh orange juice, a heap of choco-cornflakes, cold milk and fresh slices of papaya, peeled oranges, grapes and currants. Two big porcelain dishes arrived and were carefully laid on the table. As the lid was removed steam emanated and filled the air with an aroma which elevated the spirits! Before we could adjust our eyes two more trays arrived with steaming hot bhatura and another tray containing Khandvi( a gujrati dish). The kabuli chana garnished with coriander, sliced green chili and small chopped onions and sooji halwa with fragrance of cardamoms and lavish sprinkling of diced almonds and cashew nuts were difficult to resist. I regretted for having helped myself to fruits, rather than wait with  patience to indulge in the lavish spread that was to follow!
The tender ‘Khandvi’ decorated with grated fresh coconut, laced with chutney melted in the mouth leaving a trail of soothing satisfaction! Next I demolished the two huge bhaturas that continued to send trail of hot air till the very end with the delicious tangy flavor of  kabuli chana! The Kabuli chana that Mrs Gupta had prepared were a good match to a similar preparation of ‘Kesar da Dhaba’ in Amritsar! She sure had a of ‘Midas Touch’ to make the food taste gorgeous! The grand finale was the ‘Sooji Halwa’ and the lovely cup of freshly brewed Cardamom/ Ginger tea!

It was breakfast befitting a king and there was no place now left to eat lunch like a prince! I could only think of having the next meal like a beggar now!

So anytime an invitation from Guptaji is the time  to go on an eating binge!

18 comments:

  1. Now, I must look for 'khandvi' recipe! Feel like coming over there to taste the mouth watering dishes now! After reading your post, I felt as if I too had a sumptuous breakfast with Gupataji's family!

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    1. Ha ha... thanks Sandhya! You must try Khandvi:)

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  2. Your post had my mouth watering, the bhaturas doing a hoola hoop in my minds eye ... you know what I like best about vacations Rahul ? A beautiful buffet breakfast spread by the resort where we stay ....I love that eating as much as I want with a lot of variety ....

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    1. I too feel the same way when it comes to indulgence on a holiday, Jaishree:)

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  3. Your descriptions of the breakfast items makes my mouth water ! The imagery is brilliant !

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  4. Menu sounds very tempting,but,I still,feel it's difficult to beat Punjabi breakfast.

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  5. What a lavish spread, healthy and delicious - yum yum!

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    1. Thanks Arti for liking the flovor of the spread:)

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  6. Your food descriptions made my mouth water. And also made me hungry. I have already finished my dinner, so I will have to eat some ice-cream now. Btw..next time the Guptas invite you, I will be joining you all ;)

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    1. You are welcome whenever you make a trip to Delhi , Rachna ! A good treat promised:)

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  7. I could sense your excitement by the way you described the dish :-)

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    1. Ha ha Ashwini! I feel just the same when I see your baked cookies and cakes on FB, :)

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  8. Gosh! that's torture. So, so, so well laid out before us. Awesome job!
    mmm...YUM!! I could eat my laptop now. :D

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    1. Thank you, Divya that you enjoyed the spread:)

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  9. Experiencing mouth-watering after reading this!

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