Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Aaloo Muni


A lot of potatoes . . .
Originally uploaded by alliecat393
Heard about Aaloo?

Aaloo (Potato in Angrezi (English in English)) is yet another vegetable in my Madurai home. I like Aaloo in fried form, I like it when my Amma cuts it into even little pieces and fries it with oil. There were days where I had threatened Amma that I will not eat lunch without that. Little do I know that my whole life will be Aaloofied in the future.

Cut May 2006, I moved to this place called NCR (Gurgaon to be precise). I know that I have to sacrifice my old eating habits including 8 idlis dipped in sambar. Three box lunch set to office which contains almost everything that a typical Tamilian marriage lunch may have. Half a dozen coffee or tea which I use to dissolve the food and produce energy. A lot more goes unsaid as I couldn’t resist my temptation beyond this..

Here in Gurgaon, I get Aaloo bujia in my breakfast. Aaloo ka sabji for lunch. Aaloo dum for dinner. In between if I feel like having a quick snacks, I have Aaloo filled samosa. Thank God there is no Aaloo tea or Aaloo coffee. There are good days when my cook brings some non-Aaloo vegetable. He is kind enough to make that day equally bad by mixing Aaloo to that (Aaloofication). Aaloo with green leaves, Aaloo with cabbage, Aaloo with ladies finger and Aaloo with every other vegetable that you can get in the world. I don’t know why this region is filled with Aaloo manias.

Enough is enough! I asked my cook for an explanation. He used an analogy, which motivated me to write this post. “Aaloo is like Narada muni”, I went crazy, how can Narada, the trouble maker for Indian God’s be linked to a vegetable. “Narad gets into every ones life and creates problem, similarly Aaloo is mixed with every vegetable to create problem”. Yes a big problem for me!

After being troubled by this Aaloo syndrome, I am now in problem solving mode. I have three solutions (oh God, I have to think about it now);

1. Hire a doctor and pay him to say on TV “An Aaloo a day makes me healthy and wealthy”. Wise people will get his point and stop eating Aaloo. (Production of Aaloo will stop)

2. Hire a priest and pay him to say in public meetings “Wearing garlands made of Aaloo will result in long political life”. (All politicians and their followers will buy the entire production, little left for poor people like me)

3. Hire a Vaastu expert and pay him to write a book titled Aaloo ghar. It essentially says “Dig a big hole in the East, West, North, South, South east, South west and all other possible combinations of your home. Rot and dump 100 kgs of Aaloo in those holes. Your family will stay wealthy for the next 5 years, repeat it to renew this for 5 more years”(Every one will dig, leaving nothing to eat)

Public like me, affected by Aaloo are welcome to participate in this effort :)

11 comments:

saurabh said...

very gud krishnan very gud....your ideas of stopping aaloo as a food are realy grt...but yaar i request u to use these ideas few years later...bcz boss its the only vegetable which i eat tastily...n if it becomes unaffordable for poor people like me then think abt my condition...so let me become rich at first then only start ur mission...

Na.Su.Krishnan said...

Saurabh-You prove the rule of bipolarity. Anyways disappointed that you are against my mission:( Chalo teeke...:)

Saurabh said...

hey its just abt taste dear dont tke it otherwise n u shdnt be disappointed coz of this...i just wanna delay the mission so tht i wont suffer...

Anonymous said...

dear kafee shift dnt worry once u posted in south u ll get over with this torture and hence wont have t think of this mission so please postpone it for 3 months

Tys on Ice said...

i looove potato fry...diced into small pieces and fried with chilli& turmeric pwdr with salt...yummy...its my comfort fud...serve tht with rice , curds and chammanti and iam a happy man..

but i do feel sorry for u and ur overdosing on the stuff...u do realize tht its gas inducing? so, rite now u r a potential bomb threath and if i were u, i wud stay away from smokers

Thinking aloud said...

so you area alu mani...:) my kids love potato in any form...but methinks ou are going a bit overboard there...consider adoption another vegetable and you are in te north, where you get plentyof fresh ,vegetables...

Hip Grandma said...

Aha!I see that you SHARE MY FRUSTRATION.I do hate the importance our cooks in north India give aaloo as if it is the Sri ganesh of every meal.Glad to find an ally in you.Thanks for your input in my blogspot.Hope to see more of you.

Na.Su.Krishnan said...

@anonymous- Your words taken :)

$tys on ice - Thanks for the warning. I'll stay away from smokers and d kitchen;)
Delhi is attacked by terrorist regularly, I know the reason now. People over here are filed with gas:)

@hip grandma - Thanks for your visit.I love your blog. So, Aloo is Narad muni as well as Sri Ganesh:) OMG!

rayshma said...

LOL!
i love aloo... :D) or maybe the aloo has converted me into being a fan... like ur blog has! me blog-rolling u... so i don't miss any posts in d future...
and now, don't stop blogging! :D

raju said...

hi krishnan.its me the first time reader of ur blog..i really found u the man hving hunger for writing anything comes in the way(and hunger for AALOOOO as well//).but one thing that i cant resist...u hv got really a very nice way of writing the blogs..thanks 4 taking a potato and making it so delicious..now i m gonna try some flavour of aalllooo..hope some day u will join me.....(if i find it tasty)

Krishnan N Subramanian said...

@ Raju.. My post /month have reduced drastically.. I keep going thanks to some one like you who occassionally come and spend valuable time in commenting. Thanks buddy! Enjoy your aaloo...