Mumbai Diaries

The past 2 days have been spent utilizing that film festival pass I have. One movie was a success, the other was wildly depressing. More on that in a minute.

eggplant curry: version 1

Last night I took a friend to go see

“Mumbai Diaries,” an Indian film shot in Bombay. I didn’t know anything about it going in, but there were a ton of Indians there, so I took that as a good sign! The film was beautiful and sad and realistic-it dealt with class divisions, gender roles, artists, drugs. It wasn’t perfect-for example, the main actress was not a good one…but she WAS beautiful. Why can’t I look like an Indian? Without even thinking about it, I made curry last night for dinner, which was obviously so fitting. Then, because I wanted to perfect it, I made it again tonight!

Tonight, I started by cooking some farro. I know I’ve geeked about this super grain before, but I really love the texture-soft but with a nice bite to it. Then I sautéed a couple of cups of eggplant and about a half cup of onions that I had sprayed with olive oil cooking spray and a splash of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt. While those softened, I fork-mashed some canned tomatoes and added all the spices to them: a half teaspoon each of cumin, curry, and coriander, 1/4 teaspoon each of cinnamon and Splenda,  and a good sprinkling of black pepper. I added this to the eggplant and onions and let it simmer until everything was beautifully soft and sweet.

curry with farro round 2

In an ideal world, I would have had feta or goat cheese. All I had at my disposal though was Laughing Cow cheese. Not awful, but not great either. That’s what the white blogs in pic 1 are, and the triangle wedge is in pic 2. Either way, this was a delicious meal!

Speaking of delicious…I went and saw an award winning documentary on Norman Mailer to finish out the film festival. I didn’t know much about him, except that he was a writer. As far as I can tell, these were his good qualities: he had beautiful blue eyes and a deliciously wonderful voice. But he had 6 wives, 9 kids and he was just plain messed up. I’m not going to get judgemental here, but let’s just say he embodied many varieties of man’s depravity. It was certainly educational and eye-opening, but not light-hearted. One more day for the giveaway-winner announced tomorrow!


About thegypsycook

I'm a 22 year old who just graduated college and moved to Dallas to look for a job and help out my 75(!)year-old cousin. I'm a type 1 diabetic runner and I love being in the kitchen-cooking, baking, cleaning.
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2 Responses to Mumbai Diaries

  1. Charlie says:

    I love curry! Looks sooo good!

  2. alice says:

    I think Charlie should get the giveaway…he comments more than anyone so he is the “faithful follower of the blog”!

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