Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fart Bomb!!!

My wedding is an arranged one, we met twice and decided we could get married and remain under the same roof without killing each other (do not ask me how we came to that conclusion so quickly). He then returned to the states and used to call me everyday (aww…so romantic) at bloody 4am and chat for an hour or so. The chats were longer over the weekend err…like 4am to 12 noon! I cannot remember the exact conversations but our topics ranged from Munna Bhai MMBS to why Karnataka should share Kaveri river to child marriages to Nokia cell phones to polka dot chaddi’s! One week before the wedding I broached the food topic,

Me- I love balekai.

Him- Aioo …gas

Me- Ladies finger?

Him- Chee snail trail

Me- peas?

Him- gas pods

Me- beetroot?

Him- blood yuck!

Me- Cabbage?

Him- Bad smell

Me- Raddish?

Him- I like that vegetable, but after eating that my body reeks of radish.

Me- *yeah right* Ok what about potatoes

Him- aiooo… fart bomb! I keep away from it!!

Me- WHAT??? You don’t like potatoes how can anyone not like potatoes? You are the only one in this world….

This man, whom I was going to marry did not like 99.9% of the vegetables and he absolutely hated potatoes. I on the other hand LOVED them: sautéed, grilled, mashed, in sambhars/palya/gojju/sasve I could eat potatoes through out the week and not be bored. Initially I tried being the good wife and made only what he liked after a month I threw the “good wife” tag in the thrash bin. And made everything he disliked – he had no choice but to eat it (it was this or Quiznos!).

He is not that fussy these days and to honour his patience and non-fussy attitude, I cooked his 'favourite' “fart bomb” ;)


Goanese Potato Curry- Tarla Dalal's Curries & Kadhis

2 cups big chunks of peeled potatoes

1 large tomato (pureed)

2 tbsp oil


For the paste-

1 onion

1 tsp khus-khus

1 stick cinnamon

2 cloves

2 peppercorns

1 tsp dhania seeds

1-2 whole dried red chillies

2 cloves garlic

3 tbsp coconut

For the paste:

Rub the onion with oil and broil till the outer skin becomes black. Peel and discard the blackened layer and slice the onions and set aside. Heat 1 tsp oil and fry the khus-khus, daniya, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorn, red chillies and garlic till fragrant and brown. Set aside. Roast the coconut till brown and blend all these to a smooth paste with little water.

Heat the remaining oil in a pan, add the potatoes, salt and 1/2 cup water and cover, cook till done. Add the paste, tomato puree and bring to a boil. If it turns out too spicy add some milk.


Honestly, how can one NOT like potatoes???!!!


  1. He he.. Great post! Curry looks lovely! Even we used to spend hours over the fone after our engagement. And love the title of the post!

  2. Ha..grt post love these as well..grt dish SJ..:)

  3. I m also puzzled...can anyone be without liking potatos?! Dish looks great!

  4. how can one not like potatoes ??totally agree on that...husband here too did not, and i am a big potato fan, but over the years have managed to convert him completely...he now asks for potatoes - its part of his comfort food these days :) :)

  5. LOL!! Man! He has some issues! Good that you got him to eat this yummy fart bomb, cook Cabbage next time, just to :hurt" him! ;D

    Have a great weekend, sj. You are a sweet girl, he is lucky! :)

  6. I was like ur hubby and K was like u before we got married! in last 3 and half yrs i have changed and started loving and appreciating every vegetable (why not? it's I who cook and i have to like it even if i don't like. mommy... i miss fighting with u!!!) my parents stare at me when i eat all the veggies as if suddenly i have grown two horns and a tail!!! marriage i tell ya... my life is ruined ;)

  7. Sending a recipe ur way..plz try it and let me know how ur hubby liked it

    Heat a pan with 6tbs oil and saute balekai, ladies finger, beetroot, potato, cabbage and peas. add salt and pepper and garnish with grated raddish before serving.

    By the way Pudin Hara is strongly recommend as a side dish..

    Gal you rock..Never ever fail to make me go nuts...the title itself deserved a half an hour ROFL..

  8. @Divya
    You didn't want to keep the phone no? Its the opposite now Sigh!!
    I don't have any answers to that :(
    Wow! That good! j still does not like potatoes- I have to place a gun on his head to make him eat those lovely tubers.
    I know mega food-dislike-disorder syndrome. I will show J your comment about me being a swet girl.
    At least you converted- J is still fussy when it comes to certain food item. I do not even want to think about my kids- gives me the creeps!!
    Wah wah wah what a 5 star recipe. I am doing this tonight. If we are alive, I will write another post! You crack me up!

  9. nice, interesting stories! we also used to chat like crazy before the wedding. now, it's just the opposite. lol.

    a dish in 5 min? sure, would love to try.


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