The Flavor is in the
"I heard your heart
wrenching experiences with bad cafeteria food," said Lord Bhim, a
mythological figure and the master of culinary art.
"That is true, as you can
see state of my body from eating bad food."
"How about state of your
"My poor grades would
attest for that."
"I would teach culinary
art so your life will turn around for good," assured Lord
"Sir, I am honored to be
your disciple," Juggernaut fell flat on the ground with his arms
"You are born
"True, it was a
"This born vegetarianism
was a big humbug for me; I am a gypsy at heart and plan to travel
around the world so I would like to prepare myself to experiment
with foods of all nations that include meats of all
"Well, chicken, lamb,
pork, goat, and fish shall encompass all the meat dishes."
"I would also add exotic
and wild animals of the forest as well."
"I had the experience of
living in forest under duress for several years, cooking game
meat is a challenge but what you have in mind," Lord Bhim is a
man of wisdom.
"Say wild boar or
mountain goat, in case of eventuality I want to make a meal of
"Good thinking; but let's
start with a quintessential vegetarian dish; stuffed eggplant
Juggernaut added a little
oil into the pot before placing the baby eggplants stuffed with a
special spice mixture known only to top chefs like Lord
"Add more, lot more oil,"
instructed Lord Bhim.
"But this is vegetarian
cooking known for healthy life style, adding excess oil makes it
greasy and unhealthy dish," Juggernaut protested.
"Without grease, a spice
is just an aromatic inert plant material; only oil can bring out
the flavor from the spice to the taste buds; so add more oil,"
demanded Lord Bhim.
Juggernaut followed the
instructions and placed the stuffed raw eggplants into the pot
with abundance of hot oil. The taste of stuffed eggplant oozing
with flavorful spices was a gastronomical delight. "Right now I
can eat a large bowl of steamed white rice with this curry,"
"Add a spoonful of
clarified butter to it, it will be heaven," added Lord
"Listen and learn; only
grease can bring out the flavorful mouth-feel effect."
"Jack fruit is readily
available in our area, while ripe fruit is delicious, I love to
eat shredded curried green Jack fruit," expressed
"Living in forest, I am
familiar with Jack fruit, it is a tough task to cook unripe green
jack fruit; first you shall learn how to finely shred a green
jack-fruit that is tough and stringy using a sharp knife," Lord
Bhim then went on to explain step-wise procedure using among many
ingredients were ground mustard seeds and sour tamarind pulp.
"Remember to use lot of oil to get the zing out of mustard,"
advised Lord Bhim.
"Well, I am done learning
vegetarian cooking, now I would like to learn meat recipes,"
"There is nothing to
learn about cooking meat, whether you grill, smoke, stir-fry,
sauté, boil, broil, bake, fry or whatever, meat is always
"The real meat flavor is
in its fat, with or without spices, meat is always flavorful and
delicious." "Some people eat meat that is rarely cooked just to
experience the raw meat flavor," explained Lord Bhim.
"No wonder why, I kept my
options open when it comes to my dietary habits," Juggernaut was
"As I said the flavor is
in the fat or shall I say the taste is in the pudding," "I
shall come back to earth again to teach you wrestling, my other
passion," said Lord Bhim vanishing into thin air.
"Grease is good; grease
"Wake up Juggernaut, are
you day dreaming again?" shouted Patnaik.
"Juggernaut opened his
eyes to see his roommate getting ready to go out to cafeteria.
"Let's go to
"Not me, I am done with
cafeteria food," Juggernaut jumped out of his bed.
"What you know about
"I got everything figured
it out, now I go shopping for pots and pans."