Monsoon and Pakodas: Like a chai on rainy days, and pop corn with movies, there is a perfect pairing for every occasion.
Do we lose credibility points if we tell you just how much we adore Anil Kapoor? It’s not just the man-fur, ladies, or the 70’s style moustache; and it’s definitely not his selection of movies (Let’s just say that topic is not Welcome here). His charm lies equal parts in his absolute insouciance and arrogance, his ability to be the best part of some otherwise terrible films, and that gorgeous head of hair that refuses to age. (Now please don’t tell us that it’s a hair piece and ruin our day!)
What we’re trying to say is that between our Anil Kapoor love and our complete despair over the fate of Indian television, we have been quietly captivated by 24. (At least until the moment when he goes into a coma, gets a face transplant and comes back as Ram Kapoor after a 7 year leap!) Just like he saved Bollywood , and then Hollywood (what, you don’t remember his prize cameo in Mission Impossible: Part IV?), AK is now on a mission to save Indian television!
In a manner akin to it’s American predecessor, the Hindi 24 revels in fast paced action, loopholes aplenty, some dodgy politics, and the kind of insane watchability that keeps you glued to the screen even if you have a million other things to do.
You definitely aren’t going to have time to prepare Coq a Vin with the show. So here’s a quick 2.4 Step Gazpacho that’s as spicy, as ridiculous and as addictive as our latest obsession.
The recipe is so simple that you could come back from work and get it ready even before the Sponsored by and Previously On segments are over. And it is absolutely scrumptious to boot .
You will need:
It’s the end of the week and we say, go ahead and pick up whatever is left in your fridge.(We are not exactly Julia Child here, are we?)
The one thing a good Gazpacho must have is tomatoes- a combination of fresh, canned, pureed and even juice (Admit it- you bought that vegetable juice two weeks ago and have barely taken a sip!) is fine, but the fresher your tomatoes are, the more delicious your gazpacho is!
After that you can use as many or as few of the following ingredients. Make sure you have at least 3 or 4 of the fruits and vegetables and feel free to improvise.
- Bell Peppers
- Any left over greens (coriander, parsley, rockets, and even dried ones will do in a pinch)
- Seedless watermelon or strawberries or half a mango (if you’d like a bit of sweet to cut the acid)
- Juice or zest of a lime
- Celery Stalks
- Tabasco (or Maggi Hot and Sweet Sauce)
- Salt and pepper
- A pinch of sugar
For a twist in the recipe, you can also add a dash of red wine or vodka if it’s been a long day, some old bread if like us you need your carbs, goat cheese (everything tastes better with goat cheese) or avocado.
Step 1: Chop
Chop all of the ingredients. The bell peppers need to be deseeded but everything else can be chopped in large-ish bits so don’t worry. The 5 minute break should be plenty of time.
Step 1.4: Groove to Anil Kapoor’s Greatest Hits
If we had to distil the essence of AK in one song ( and what a thought that is- I suspect it would be a mixture of Scotch, Hair Product, Tandoori Chicken and Hugo Boss), may we recommend Ramta Jogi from Taal?
Just watch him play super director, anguished lover and slightly creepy middle aged man at once. And imagine Subhash Ghai thinking of this man as his on-screen surrogate (his love for his multiple ‘M’lady’s pure and misunderstood). Now rinse that thought with a shot and marvel at Mr. Kapoor again. He really is something , isn’t he?
Step 2.4 : Blend
Whoooosh!!! Throw all this stuff in the blender and churn! You may need to split the ingredients into two parts if you have a small blender . Try not to pick at the cucumbers from the second lot in that case! Churn till the ingredients are finely chopped but not quite mush. Whatever you do, DON’T puree the mixture. The best part of a good gazpacho is those tiny crunchy bits and guessing where they’re coming from!
Pour yourself a drink. You deserve it, and enjoy your Gazpacho with a dollop of olive oil, and perhaps a buttery toast. If that’s too much effort maybe a couple of bread sticks or cheese crackers? No short cut is too short as far as we are concerned!
And remember, Don’t walk too far away from your TV set! You don’t want to miss the next twist in the tale !