Friday, December 24, 2010

Shahi Baby Corn And My Dead Silent Picture

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. We have all heard this a million times over. We have also heard that every picture speaks a story. These are very clich├ęd sayings but hold very true nonetheless. In this day of instant gratification, people want to have a lot of visual stimulation along with the written word. They need to be pulled towards your blog through a lot of good pictures and pretty fonts. And definitely first impressions make all the difference. In my case of food blogging, the picture also serves a dual purpose of showing my readers what the final product should look like.

But by that criteria, when I see the picture accompanying this post, I know for a fact that my picture is dead silent. It is mute and unable to convey what it should.
Along with my picture, I am also struck speechless. It is such a bad and uninspiring picture.
I tried photoshopping it. I tried improving its looks. Increasing the exposure, sharpening it, contrasting it, cropping it.... But NO. It stayed stubbornly silent.
Leave alone conveying a story, this badly behaved picture refused to say even a word.

I pride myself on my picture taking ability (though to be very honest, I know next to nothing about the technical aspects of it). I love it when I get rave compliments for my pictures which accompany the blog posts. It keeps me motivated and always planning on the next picture.

I have only one thing to say here now. Yes it is another cliche. This post is replete with cliches. Don't judge a book by its cover...
What I am trying to say here is that please do not judge the dish by the picture. Maybe it just does not photograph well. But it tastes really good. Really really good. This Shahi Baby Corn is YUMMY to say the least. Go ahead and make it and tell me if you agree with me or not.

This recipe is taken from Nita Mehta's book, Mughlai Vegetarian Khana.


200 grams Baby corn
2 cups Milk

2 tablespoons Cashew nuts, ground to a paste with 1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon Coriander (dhania) Powder
1/2 teaspoon Dry Mango Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
2-3 small Cardamom Pods (seeds crushed)
100 grams Paneer grated
1 tablespoon Coriander leaves chopped

Masala Paste:
3 medium Onions
3 Tomatoes
1 inch piece Ginger
1 Green Chilli

1 tablespoon Oil
1/2 teaspoon Jeera (cumin) seeds
1 teaspoon Ginger, finely chopped
5-6 Almonds, sliced
1/4 Red Chilli Powder


Slice the baby corn lengthwise.

Cook baby corn in the milk along with a pinch of the turmeric powder till it starts boiling. Then simmer for about 2 minutes till baby corn is soft.

Blend all the ingredients for the masala paste in the mixie to a fine paste.

Heat oil. Add the jeera and then after it crackles, add the masala paste.

Cook till the oil separates and it is almost dry.

Add the red chilli, turmeric, coriander, dry mango and garam masala powders. Add the salt too.

Fry for a minute and then add the cashew nut paste. Stir to mix well.

Add the leftover milk from boiling the baby corn and stir for 2-3 minutes.

Add the cooked baby corn and simmer oin a low flame for 3 minutes or so.

Add 2 cups of water to get a thin gravy and simmer till the gravy starts getting thicker.

Add the cardamom seeds, grated paneer and coriander leaves.

To serve, put the hot vegetables in the dish. For the tempering, heat oil, fry the jeera and the ginger. Add almonds and red chilli powder. Pour over the vegetable.

Serve hot along with chapati, nan, pulao, rice etc.



Srivalli said...

But Kamini, who says that is a bad picture?..It surely conveys that it is a shahi dish very rich..most of our Indian dishes up very close don't look that great..that's why other professionals do it in a set so that among so many other things the main dish end up being very pretty..

Sanctified Spaces said...

Hey..its a lovely recipe and pic does not look bad.

sra said...

Ha ha, I was wondering what a dead silent picture was and was thinking you were going to show some hill station pic!!!
That is how I want my gravies to look and it looks fine, thick and rich.

Kamini said...

Thanks guys... Srivalli.. thats true..
Sra: :) why, are pictures taken in hill stations dead silent?

Smita Srivastava said...

A very Happy new year to you n ur family , loved going thru ur wonderful blog !!!

- Smita
(fun foods for little eaters

sra said...

Good question, lemme explain - I always have this idea that hill stations are peaceful and remote, hence the silence ... :-D

Kamini said...

Thanks Smita...

Kamini said...

Sra... True..

Kamini said...

Thanks Smita...