Nowadays I cook every day at home. In addition to the notes I have taken from my wife’s cooking, I am reading quite a few cooking recipes, watching cooking shows and Youtube videos.
American cooking shows are perfect. They give every detail including how much salt to add. But Indian cooking recipes and cooking shows leave a lot of questions in my mind. For example:
Salt to taste. Why don’t you give a suggestion and then ask the readers/viewers to adjust to their taste. Lack of specificity is unacceptable. One exception. Nisha Madhulika (YouTube) tells us how much salt she is using and then suggests “adjust to your taste”. I like that.
Toor dal – one cup. Is this “one cup” before boiling or after boiling? If it is before boiling, how much water required for boiling? 1 cup of water or 10 cups of water? If it is after boiling, for how much dal you added how much water to arrive at one cup boiled dal?
How big is one cup? South Indian shows especially come with different sizes of cups.
After all masalas are cooked, add some water. How much water? 1 cup or 10 cups?
Why a few items from the list of ingredients are not used in making the dish?
Why a few items are added to dish when they are not shown in the list of ingredients at the beginning?
Why the quantity of a particular item given in the ingredient list is deviated in the actual cooking? For example, the ingredient says 2 green chilies but the video shows the cook adding 3 green chilies.
Here is a funny anecdote. A few years ago, a newly married young girl called my wife and asked her a question. She said: I am reading this recipe. It says to remove the skin of the onion and chop them into small pieces. Should I chop the onion into small pieces or the removed skin into small pieces.
Here are a few samples of my cooking:
Cheese Ravioli with Pesto Sauce