I am a genuine food lover and a great fan of restaurant food. I feel most of us are, aren’t we? Believe me, I get bored of having the same roti-sabji in dinner every night. For me there should be a repetition of the same menu maximum up to twice a week. If it’s roti-sabji on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday should be something else, say Paratha, Fried rice etc.
All these years my family, be it my parents or my wife, have wracked their brains to select daily menu for my dinner. For lunch I used to have an option to go for restaurant food if I didn’t like the homemade food. So, it was me who have kept everyone busy in selecting daily menus for me. But in fact, I didn’t have any idea how to cook! So, if these people would have refused me a change in menu, I wouldn’t have a choice.
Saturdays have always been special for me and my son. We either dine outside in restaurants or order for food at home. Enjoying yummy delicious Chinese, Mughlai, Continental dishes with my family at different restaurants is what I have looked forward to, every weekend. Being at Lucknow for the last one year the specialities of Kababs, specially Galouti Kabab with Ulte Tawey ki Paratha, Biriyani and other Mughlai specialities have been a treat to the taste buds http://www.tundaykababipvtltd.com/. To be honest me and my son are strictly non-vegetarian, though my wife loves vegetarian cuisines more.
But who had thought in their dreams that we must forego all these delicacies one day? Covid-19 has literally made us to lead a life of austerity with variety of chicken, mutton and fish delicacies prepared by renowned Indian restaurants across the country eluding our life!
For the last three months the whole country has been surviving on homemade food with variety gone for a toss. It seems to be ages now when we had tasted the spicy delicious restaurant food last time. The ones who are good cooks are finding some solace by cooking somewhat restaurant like food at home. But at the end of everything, you can’t compare speciality restaurant food with homemade ones. Don’t know when this compromising situation is going to end for our taste buds!
Apart from homemade rice, dal, sabji, egg curry (many people are circumspect about chicken & mutton, in case these non-vegs have any co-relation to Corona) we have nothing to look forward to. The situation has become so bad nowadays that homemade Veg-Pizza with cheese spread, capsicum, pizza sauce seems like an exquisite delicate cuisine and I look forward to having the same in every ten-fifteen days’ time. I who had never liked veg food is now finding pleasure in Veg-Pizza! Thanks to Covid-19. Surprisingly, in desperation to have good non-veg (egg) food, I have got transformed into a descent cook! Tried to prepare Egg Biriyani last time and it turned out to be “not so bad”! If and only if, Sanjeev Kapoor (the famous Indian Chef) would have been my family member! It would have been a great treat for genuine food lover like me.
To add to our agony, now that lockdown is getting lifted and food joints are opening, only money is not sufficient to buy the delicacies. You need to have the guts and need to be brave enough to negate the fear of Corona and satisfy your desire to have restaurant food. There is a big difference between “it is needed” and “is it needed?” I fall under the second category. What about you?