Monday, June 2, 2008

Comfort food after a great camping!

To me, nothing can be more relaxing than driving by the woods with the windows rolled down, enjoying my favorite song and inhaling the fresh air! I often do this even while commuting to work, if the weather is good. It somehow lightens my mind no matter how depressed or stressed out I am. This weekend, with our tents and camping cots, we set off for an awesome camping trip to Wisconsin with our friends. Camping - Another fun activity for summer! We had another lovely weekend, camping in the woods! We both are camp lovers and have been doing this for several summers now. For us its a way to spend time with family/friends in a natural sorrounding away from the hurly-burly of day-to-day routine. We both have wonderful camping memories from each of our camping trips, and this trip was one among our best trips.

We had a great 3 hr drive to this amazing campground taking a few scenic drives and passing by a few beautiful lakes. We love tent-camping and thats the only thing we've been doing so far in all our trips. There's something special in getting into that comfy and cozy tent and snuggling down for a good-night's sleep.. With the wonderful camping accessories made nowadays, its easy to have a perfect camping experience. The first time I camped, I was quite scared inspite of my husband comforting me. I was awake the whole night worrying that a gang of racoons or a fox would come and rip-up our tents and lunge on our food inside. By the second time, I was calm and I started to appreciate it. Nowadays, I am so much into it that I plan the whole trip starting from reserving the site, to preparing the list of things to do while camping!

Two things make camping more fun.. Campfire & Food! So much to talk by the campfire under the stars, while munching some food! Unrehearsed talents reveal when you are next to the campfire :) Songs and interesting experience shared by others are so good to listen while curled up comfortably on a cozy chair. Camping brings out the kid in everyone. Some of my favorite moments in camping are about food. It doesn’t matter if it’s cooked in a campfire, or cooked in the grill, or even brought from home, food just tastes better during camping! We had a great menu for 2 days and had fun making omlettes for breakfast and grilling chicken, veggie patties, potatoes, corn for dinner. Yes, one drawback on camping is overeating :) I am always stuffed and end-up eating or munching something continously. Guess I need to compensate for the next week or so to get rid of the excess from my body.

After a tiring yet unforgettable camping trip, we reached home late afternoon on Sunday. After a few hours of rest, I was craving for some home-made food, naturally after eating grilled stuffs 6 times in a row... I was all set to make a simple but favorite comfort food for dinner. This dish is an authentic tamilian dish thats probably made in every house-hold in tamilnadu and loved by all. Probably, many versions of this dish exist, but I'm sure it just tastes great however you make it. My favorite combo is Curd-rice and potatoes - heavenly combination! Here is my version of Potato fry with Onions.

  • Potaotes - 2 big
  • Onions - 2 medium
  • Fennel seeds (saunf, sombu) - 2 tsp
  • Garlic - 3
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Corriander leaves - a handful (chopped)

  • Boil the potatoes, peel, dice and set aside.
  • Slice the onions and set aside.
  • Make the Fennel seeds and Garlic to a fine paste.. (first powder the fennel seeds, then add garlic and grind again to make it to a fine paste).
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and season with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  • Add sliced onions and fry until golden brown.
  • Add the diced potatoes, fennel/garlic paste, turmeric, chilli powder and salt and mix well. Fry for 2 mins.
  • Add 1/2 cup water, cover and cook in low heat for 3 mins.
  • Raise the heat to medium and roast the potatoes until the water is fully evaporated and the color starts to turn brown.
  • Add chopped corriander leaves and fry for a min.

Tastes best when its fresh and hot from the stove.


delhibelle said...

What a lovely meal to come back to after a fun camp! My mom makes a yummy northie version of this, but next time I will surely try your way. Thanks for sharing:)

Rachel said...

I'm scared even after a couple of trip..the night scares me the most..

That food looks too comforting enough to come back too...

Arundathi said...

I love camping too and you're right, the camping equipment you get now is amazing - it's almost not rustic enough to use in a "camp" :) i love the campfires too and the inevitable scary stories - and you have to have one person who can play the guitar!

sunita said...

Sujatha, that is indeed nice food to come back to :-)

...we too love to destress by driving through our nearby is indeed very relaxing :-)

Happy cook said...

If without camping you can serve to me this lovely meal.

Sangeeth said...

lovely recipe...anything with potato is very tasty indeed

Sujatha said...

delhibelle - Welcome to my blog! Let me know how it came out if you happen to make it.. hope you'll like it. :)

Rachel - Welcome to my blog! Yeah, night time is little scary but it depends on the campground too... if there are several campers in the campground, its as good as home :)

Arundathi - Yes you are right, a guitar person would be ideal :) In fact,we were joking about the same in our camping trip this time..:)

Sunitha - Welcome to my blog! Sounds like you are a nature lover too :) BTW, you have a great blog!

Happy cook - Sure, you can stop by anytime at my place for this meal :)

Sangeeth - Welcome to my blog! Yes, Potato is such a universal vegetable, anybody will love it..

Mansi Desai said...

Camping is such fun! I'm just wiating for the July 4th weekend to go camping and white-water rafting:)

the bhaaji looks great, btw:)

A-kay said...

We went for camping during the Memorial Day weekend too and my comfort food was vetha kozhambu and potato kari :)

Sujatha said...

Mansi - ah, White water rafting! That sounds really fun! Thats one thing that I've never tried, but always wanted to try! Hopefully soon :)Have fun in your camping!

a-kay - Vathakulambu and pototo kari sounds so yummy! thats a great combination :)

Cham said...
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Cham said...

Yes i too make the same way, it goes well with sambar or curd rice. Sounds lots of fun the camping

Laavanya said...

This looks awesome... very comforting after a trip for sure.

Sujatha said...

Thanks Cham & Lavanya :)

Swati Raman Garg said...

u remind me of my camps i had in childhood buddy.. this is indeed one comfort foo haan...