Pooniemas

So after Thursday’s speech by the President, I was just out of it.

After he gave his findings and his plans, it was like the last little energy that was keeping my body running, just ran out. Two days straight. I just ate and slept and drank coke like it was going to be banned any second.

I should really be excited that lockdown is being downgraded, but I am not sure how I really feel about it. I like spending more and more time with my family and laughing over things, before the lock down, everyone was on some sort of rat race, we just came home to eat and sleep and days would go by without us finding something or someone doing something funny to laugh about. I will miss this part the most when lockdown comes to an end completely.

Take for example this recipe, on any given day, I would have rushed home to make something quick and easy. So that when my dad pitched up an hour after me, there would be something to eat.

This recipe would never ever had been prepared on a weeknight, weekend yes or maybe on a weeknight , had I stayed up late or woken up and made it before I left for work. But seriously who likes eating reheated mash potatoes???

The only upside to being downgraded is that there is finally going to be Sunday KFC for Leo. I have cooked, chicken every possible way under the sun and he has outright refused to touch it, that is a lot of chicken to go to waste.

My mother has been nagging me to make this recipe and then I go make it on a day that she is having soup.

This recipe was passed down from my mother’s best friend’s mother in law. I think that is how the name originated. It’s actually just the India version of mash potatoes, but the name that this dish was given is just so much more beautiful.

Drum roll please….This dish is better known was…wait for it…POONIEMAS.

The aunty who taught my mother how to make this, her name was Aunty Poonie and of course we all know what the word “MA” means… hence the dish was named after the Late Aunty and to tell  you the truth, I have never seen anyone else outside of this Aunty’s family make it and never heard anyone talking about it.

The verdict, I loved it, just one bite and it brought back soo many memories. My mother said it smelt delicious and it looked so mouth watering and just like how she remembers it. My dad, as usual he was distracted and made me rush in making the rest of lunch.

He ate breakfast at 8am and 10am he was ready for lunch because he had to go to work and what was I doing? I had just finished the Pooniemas, the fish cakes were in the oven and I had just added more water to the sweet chutney. I was so mad I just dished up the fish cakes and the pooniemas for him, the chutney was far from ready.

I didn’t even bother asking him how was the food, I was just mad and furious and every other word for mad in the English dictionary. Who eats lunch 2 hours before lunch time??? Please answer me.

My mother is hinting that I will again make this for her, when there isn’t vegetable soup on the menu for her. Well time will only tell, my potatoe stash is running low and whenever I ask my dad to buy he comes with baby potatoes and those my friend are a nightmare to peel.

Ingredients:

  • 4 x potatoes, peeled and washed.
  • 1 x onion, finely chopped.
  • 1 x dried red chili, finely diced.
  • ¼ x tsp mustard seeds.
  • Salt to taste.
  • 3 x tbsp. butter.
  • 3 x tbsp. milk.
  • 2 x tbsp. olive oil.
  • A few curry leaves.
  • Fresh coriander, top garnish.

Method:

  • Boil the potatoes, in salt water till soft.
  • Drain and  place in a bowl.
  • Add in the milk, butter and salt.
  • Using a potato masher, mash till nice and smooth.
  • Set aside for now.
  • Heat the oil in a pan.
  • Add the mustard seeds, onions, curry leaves and dried chili.
  • Saute till the onions are transparent.
  • Pour the contents of the pan over the mash potatoe.
  • Using a spoon, fold the mixture so that everything is well combined.
  • Check the seasoning.
  • Garnish with the coriander.

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