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The great chef's life in Delhi.
[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi]
Meet the Julia Child of GB Road, Delhi’s red light district. A sex worker, Ms Child lives on the rooftop of Kotha no. XX, an establishment that is home to half a dozen women. Ms Child has no TV, no furniture, no crockery and no gas range. She does have a stove and a vanity box. Every night at 2 am she dresses up in a flashy costume, puts on the make up, and goes down to the street to solicit customers. She returns home at dawn. And yes, Ms Child cooks. Here is the recipe of her 'Egg Bujiya Curry':
Actually this recipe is my own creation. Nobody taught me cooking. I learnt it myself. Today I want to make egg curry but for that you will have to boil the eggs and I can’t wait that long. So, we’ll be having Egg Bhujiya Curry instead.
3 tablespoons mustard oil
3 sliced onions
2 sliced tomatoes
2 sliced potatoes
Pinch of spices
A tablespoon of garlic and ginger paste each
Salt to taste
I glass water
Heat the oil in a karahi (wok) over medium heat. Add methi seeds. When they start crackling, add onions and saute till they turn brown. Add a pinch of ginger and garlic paste along with dry spices such as garam masala, haldi and mirchi. Sprinkle on salt. Stir till the oil starts coming out. Add sliced tomatoes and continue to saute. Add sliced potatoes and water, and cover the karahi. If you smoke, do that in these five minutes. Are potatoes tender? If yes, quickly pour in the beaten eggs. Stir for a minute and turn off the flame. Sprinkle freshly chopped coriander leaves on the curry and serve it with rice.
Julia Child in Jorbagh
Peel, peel, peel
Slice, slice, slice
Now add the eggs
Curry is served