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City Kitchen - Julia Child in GB Road

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City Kitchen - Julia Child in GB Road

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
4 eggs
3 sliced onions
2 sliced tomatoes
2 sliced potatoes
Pinch of spices
Methi seeds
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.


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Julia Child in Jorbagh

Julia's empire

City Kitchen - Julia Child in GB Road

Peel, peel, peel

City Kitchen - Julia Child in GB Road

Slice, slice, slice

City Kitchen - Julia Child in GB Road

Action starts

City Kitchen - Julia Child in GB Road

Smoking break

City Kitchen - Julia Child in GB Road

Now add the eggs

City Kitchen - Julia Child in GB Road

It's done

City Kitchen - Julia Child in GB Road

Curry is served

City Kitchen - Julia Child in GB Road

8 comments:

Anshul Pandey said...

Ms Child have no TV, no furniture, no crockery and no gas range.

It should be 'has' Sufi.

BTW, nice post.

Mayank Austen Soofi said...

Corrected. Thanks Anshul.

Anonymous said...

What is your purpose in writing all this...enlightenment of Delhiites/filling the spaces..??

DoctorGenius said...

I don't think you need a Purpose to write somethin
I guess..Its simply the Love for writing..N that for writing somethin New or somethin Intricate or basically somethin like that only(Cant get the right words actually:(
N sirjee..You definitely Rock in all you do:)

Mayank Austen Soofi said...

It is intended to have a peek into the kitchen lives of Delhiites (from different backgrounds) through their recipes. There are many ways to understand people. One is what they cook and how they do it.

smriti said...

have been following ur blogs since long!!! i want to make a college project on ur blog as well if ur fine with it
can i?

Vishal said...

well it almost sounded yum.............but killed my appetite as soon as I read that recipe involves eggs...nothing wrong with recipe, its just that I am vegetarian.

shilpi said...

I finally found a way to tell u mayank...u r simply amazing as a writer...I'm an ardent fan of your articles in the Ht City..n now that i'v found your blog..m even happier..for i'l have so much more of 'Mayank Austen Soofi' n his writings..love d way you write..Delhi has never seemed as beautiful as it seems in ur articles...Hats off 2 u! :)

P.S. Not to forget..u r an even better photographer!