Sometimes, even leaving office at 7:45 in the evening can give you a burst of energy to cook a meal from scratch; grocery shopping included. Even, on a Monday.
I couldn't find minced mutton, hence, chicken had to do the trick. I had to pick up that and a couple of other ingredients which you wouldn't normally find in my home like bread crumbs and tomato purée. So I picked up the essentials. And as if God was also in a good mood, He made sure I got a good auto rickshaw driver who dropped me home on METER FARE! It's a big deal.
I got home by 8:15 pm, freshened up and told myself, 'Srishti, if you want to make this dinner, you're going to have to multitask.' In went the tomatoes into boiling water and off I went to make the meatballs.
This recipe was shared with me by a dear friend and colleague.
Ingredients + Method + Commentary
1/4 kg minced meat
1 cup bread crumbs
Garlic finely chopped 1 tbsp
1 cube of shredded cheese
Mix and make balls. Put them in fridge for 1/2 hour.
For the sauce -
Boil 2 tomatoes, peel and chop
2 chopped onions
Finely chopped garlic
1 tetra pack of tomato puree
1/2 tspn of red chilli
Add the boiled tomatoes. Cook for 1/2 hour to 45 mins. Close the lid the cook.
Take the chicken balls and dump them inside this. Simmer and cook for 30 mins more.
Shred cheese on top of cooked spaghetti and do not forget to sprinkle basil.
I always make elaborate plans of cooking only so that I can sip my wine stylishly while I do so, only to forget the wine every single time.
This time the wine was consumed with dinner.