In India, we always have some more fondness for those foreign foods like Pizza, Pasta etc. This hangover never made any impact on me because my mother herself was a brilliant cook. Her mouth-watering Idly and Dosa are my all time favorites. A simple Chatni made by her tasted so good that I never felt any emotion for those Burgers and Pizzas. For example a buddy of mine back in high school was raised up with the typical American cuisine. He was and still is blue collared to the core of his soul and owns a Tow Truck Company out in Texas. Well, this blue collared all america boy would be begging me everyday to trade his lunch, just to have some of my mom’s Chatni! he still to this day comes over and we enjoy a good meal together. I always had that in my mind that one day I will show the world that how good Indian foods are and it is far better than those costly western foods.
The learning period
Thanks to my mother I was quite educated about many Indian foods from childhood. Then, later on, I started doing my own research on the foods of different stated of India. I kept on trying and adding my own inputs on different recipes. Soon my cooking started to get a lot of appreciation from my friends and relatives. They also said that they never thought that Indian foods are so tasty and may come with so much variety.
Knocking the doors
It was never easy to get into a big restaurant or hotel when you are a specialist of Indian foods. People never used to believe that Indian foods can be a crowd puller. According to the most of the hotel managements, the craze is for the fancy foreign foods. I felt quite strange that why we Indians in India don’t really think that Indian cuisine also has a great role in the history of foods. Soon it became a challenge for me and I became stubborn that I will get the job on the basis of skills on Indian food only. The first chance came after many tries and the writings were also quite clear on the wall, if the visitors don’t so interest in the Indian foods then I would be terminated. Things started slowly as Indian food was not so popular in that place, but things started to go in my favor as repeat customers started to fall in for the Indian foods. Soon the hotel got a name for its Indian foods. The management started to back me and I added up more cuisines in the chart.
Now, I can proudly say that I love my India because strange connection I have found with my country. My name Karthik is popular in this circuit of hotels and restaurants thanks to India only. I think this cuisines and style of Indian cooking must be spread into the world. I am also planning to open a small studio kitchen where I will teach people about Indian foods and will make new experiments.
Kick Ass Ingredients!!!!
Alright everyone here is a super simple dish, I call “Mamma’s BeetRoot Curry” and here is your prep below and thank me later!
- First thing you need to do is heat the oil in a large pan, then stir in some onions but not too much and cook the onions for 7 minutes or until they become soft. Pour in mustard seeds and cook these suckers for 1 minute until they are toasted. Stir in the curry paste and sizzle it for 3 minutes.
- Secondly, you need to mix in the beetroot through the spicy onions, and add the tomatoes, chili and 2 cans of water. Cover it and simmer for roughly 35 minutes.
- Take off the heat, and then stir in the almonds, yogurt and some seasoning.
How I fell in Love with Indian cuisine ?
As a Chef, we always try to get skilled with the Cuisines and style of First world country. It was same with me when I found my immense love in developing different foods. I was so much into those foreign cooking recipes. Then the scenario totally changed when one day my grandmother visited our house.
How it all started
Before that visit, she last visited our house when I was 8 and the memory was very vivid for me. She has always been a strong lady and with the power and pureness of her village, she cooked food for us. Her different Indian recipes, mostly Punjabi, just took my breath away. They were different, they were delicious and a new experience. Her style of cooking made me so interested that I insisted that she would cook food and I will take her to market to provide her what she requires. Marketing with her for food supplies was also a different experience for me. I came to know so much about the Indian ways of making food healthy and tasty at the same time. I understood from her that Indian cuisine is very much dependent on the nature and its herbs. The herbs are the key ingredient in good cooking.
The development process
Then the next years of my career, searching for Indian recipes went on simultaneously with my work. I kept on hunting for the old methods of Indian cooking. The Mughal decades, then the story of Indian Royal foods taught me a lot. I understood how Indian foods always maintained its closeness with nature and yet remain tasty and provided different items. Since then I started cooking many Indian dishes and started to provide in the hotel where I work. At first, they were skeptic as they were never really interested in introducing too many Indian foods, but soon the results started to come out as positive. People who were visiting the hotel kept on asking for Indian foods that were recently introduced.
The current state
Now I am quite free to try whatever I went on the area of Indian foods. The hotel management has given me a free hand. This all has been possible due to that visit of my grandmother. She taught me the real India and its real foods and then, it was up to me to carry the legacy. I hope this successful run will go on and on.
If you love Indian cuisine then you have definitely come to the right place my friends! My name is Somos and I deliver some of the best Indian food on the planet! I love being a Chef and I take my craft seriously just like any other skilled athlete would in a professional sport.
Please come and support me by showing me some love now and again and I would love to here some feedback on how I could improve any… Thank You so much and look forward to sharing my story and love of food.