This saturday saw me hosting a lovely couple from Jammu and their absoulutely charming 1.5 year old son.
Friday evening hubby informed me that we are having guests tomorrow for lunch.
Now I come from a place where our love is shown over the food.We sincerly believe ‘athiti devo bhava”
For us feeding people is one of the nobel act.Now the definiton of good food in our dictionary is rich and ghee laden food 🙂
/*Infact I guess entire north India is like that.Weather you are invited for breakfast/lunch/evening snacks/dinner we make sure we serve you the best food
and feed you so much that you will be forced to skip your next meal 😉
Last month when we (me and hubby) had visited this couple for lunch they welcomed us wholeheartedly and served the most yummy food.Every one hour the lady (lets call her R)
would serve something to eat.I was reminded of my mom who would keep serving dishes to the guest till they were ready to run away 🙂
But yeah in my place we believe in “khatirdari”.We do treat guests as our God .Incase we fail to serve good food the guests may take it as their insult and would probably
never visit our house again.
Anyways so the list of all the food that she served is :
1.Welcome drink and store brought snacks.
rajma (the special quailty which it seems we get only in Jammu)
palak paneer..with a tadka of desi ghee and garlic….yummy
anaar dana ki chutney (again this is a dish from Jammu)
Custard with banana
Kava (a drink similar to tea from Jammu Kashmir)
We were so full we could hardly move 🙂 R is a damn good cook and the love with which she served made us feel so good.*/
Ok now back to last friday when I came to know that R and N (her husband,N is actually my hubby’s friend) are coming I quickly decided on the menu to be cooked.
But since I have never hosted guests and never cooked that party type ka food ,I was bit scared of how the dishes would turn out.
Friday evening reached home ,took bath and did Ganpati pooja.As the fate would decide hubby got late in office.By the time he came and we left for Reliance Fresh for
shopping the shop was about to close.Bought some stuffs and left the other syuffs to shop next morning.
Called mom to re-confirm the recepies except for the paneer dish that I learnt from somewhere on the internet (no idea of the exact source)
So this was my menu:
1.Welcome drink with home made moong daal ke mangode with green chutney and tomato sauce
Shahi phool gobhi
Pakode wali Kadhi
Mixed sprouts salad
Fruit cream topped with almonds
Tea for me and hubby and coffee for R and N
Later both N and R were full of praises,even hubby was happy.I was glad that I was able to serve some tasty food and please my guest.
I called up mom and told her “mummy meine aapki naak nahi cutvawi,meine tasty khana banaya :-)).I felt good that I have inherited the genes from my mum to
serve food to the guest without doing any kanjoosi as truly “Guests are like God”.
Note:The quantity of food was so much that same food we had for lunch on Sunday 🙂