This whole week I have been preparing for a training programme that my office is organising next week. The thing is the training has to be conducted in Hindi. Imagine conveying information on technical things such as laws which are already weirdly worded in Hindi. While I was looking at the shabdkosh online, Archana drew my attention to Google Translate. All of us heaved a sigh of relief and started pasting long sentences and see them magically translated to Hindi. When we started reading the sentences, it made no sense whatsoever. Few words were translated quite literally. Grave importance became कब्र महत्व, power to call for records became रिकॉर्ड के लिए फोन करने की शक्ति and in someplaces power was plain and simple बिजली. It made the whole exercise quite humourous. Just that each time I laughed about it and shared it with someone, Google Translate stopped working! I had to wait for at least 30 mts each time before the anger dissipated and it obliged me.
So here’s the recipe for जड़ी बूटी आलू (doesn’t sound appetizing at all na)
250 gms boiled baby potatoes
2 tbsps of finely chopped garlic
1 tsp butter (you could add a lot more)
1tbsp olive oil
Dried herbs – I used a mix of oregano, parsley, and basil
1 tsp of chilli flakes/black pepper
Salt to taste
1. Heat the oil and butter. Add the garlic and let it cook for a minute or two.
2. Add 1 tsp of the dried herbs and then the potatoes.
3. Let it all cook for about 5-7 minutes till the potatoes take on the flavour of all the herbs. Add some chilli flakes and salt to taste. You could add some fresh parsley too.