Creativity is the key to good cooking

As Republic Day, a national holiday, falls early in the week, lots of people are holidaying taking advantage of the long weekend. My flight from Delhi on Saturday was delayed. With a big D. The time I was supposed to land in Mumbai, as per schedule, was the time the flight took off from Delhi! This is something which is beyond my control so no point in fretting about it.
Tell me, what are your thoughts when you are cooking? While cooking I remember only one thing: that cooking is an art, I am the artist and the cooking pot is my easel. Cooking is actually the well orchestrated moves that get food onto the table. If the heart plays even a teeny weenie role in this orchestra, the symphony that is the meal will have music surging through and through. Family meal times are more than just about food, they are about connecting and communicating with the people we value. They are also a time to anchor ourselves during the day. If you consider cooking as a way to escape from daily stress, then your kitchen becomes an oasis of creative possibilities. The rewards bring you immediate gratification, as also a great sense of pride, satisfaction and confidence.
Even in our kitchen, learning is a continuous process. As a new presentation requires some work, (sometimes a lot of it for a tangible breakthrough!) it is up to the researcher to enjoy the process and get the side benefits. This weekend, we have experimented with different shapes a samosa can take and the possibilities are endless! So when you think triangular, conical, think also of plaits, bundles, potlis, packets, stars, what not.
It has been my constant endeavour to present recipes that can thrill a gourmet. It would interest some of you to know that it takes just a wee bit of ingenuity to refresh an oft tried recipe. I present my new book Dakshin Delights that has traditional greats with loads of feel-good flavours! Enjoy on a holiday like Republic Day tomorrow some saffron coloured Kesari Bhaat, pure white curd rice like Bakala Bhaat with nice green coloured spinach chutney called Keerai Thuvayal, all three giving a joy filled tricoloured look to your family meal!
Till I write again
Sanjeev Kapoor.

One thought on “Creativity is the key to good cooking

  1. ~Lopa

    being outside India, has it own disadvantages, like today when everyone is celebrating Republic Day back home, I am sitting in office and as hardly anyone is online, i am surfing blogs.While cooking what i am normally thinking is cooking 😀 Normally i personalize any recipe i come through as we know more about our taste than recipe makers, isn't it? And touch wood till now it has always turned out good. ( with a fact i never cooked much back home with mom and cook around, but after moving to Europe, i almost cook everyday ! )Nice reading your blog Mr. Sanjeev Kapoor 🙂

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