A colleague and I were discussing childhood treats over tea. I mentioned how much I love mustard oil. I love its strong smell and robust flavour. In fact, I like rice cooked this way – fry lots of onions and garlic in mustard oil, add salt and a pinch of red chilli powder and finally fold in cooked rice to the mixture. Mix well and serve hot. (And if someone makes you angry, just breathe on their face.)
My colleague mentioned another recipe from her childhood days. My mouth has not stopped watering since. Take boiled eggs, potatoes, chopped onions, chopped green chillies, salt and generous doses of mustard oil. You first mash the boiled eggs and potatoes with mustard oil. Then add salt, chillies and onions and serve hot with steamed rice.
Nothing beats a happy, hearty childhood - laced with sunshine, laughter and mustard oil.