How to make some delicious food
“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch,
you must first invent the universe” - Carl Sagan
Before the first drop of oil
Spreads over the belly of the pot
You must clear you mind
As you clear your kitchen
Of all unnecessary articles.
To cook Rogan Josh,
You must be of the mindset
To cook Rogan Josh
Now, you may drip the oil into the pot.
Be mindful to create only
A thin base, before raising the flames.
As the oil begins to spit, toss in the
Onions finely diced, and stir. Listen
Only to the sound of the onions, and
Watch as they turn translucent, and soft.
Add ginger and garlic, continue stirring.
Stir in the spices:
Garam Masala, coriander, cumin,
A teaspoon of chili powder,
More if additional heat is your desire.
The mixture will appear dry, but fear not -
This is what is called ‘dry roasting’.
Breathe in, and the scent of these
Spices will rise, whirling and complex,
An aura to carry you to the
Shores of Nirvana.
Breathe out, and the aroma will
Pervade your house as it floats
Towards your lover to invite
Them to join you in cooking.
Together, approach the leg of lamb.
Standing behind your lover, entwine
Your hands as you pull the flesh
Away from the lamb’s bone in pieces.
Do not ignore the blood,
Let it warm between your fingers.
This lamb has sacrificed all
So that you may have
This night. Do not resist
Your desire to lean forward
And taste your lover’s neck.
Add the lamb to the mixture,
Cook until fully browned. Then,
Throw in chopped tomatoes.
Cook a few minutes more
Before adding yoghurt.
Mix together completely as
The night sky mixes with
The face of the river.
Place the lid on and lower the flame.
Return every half hour to stir,
But allow the next two hours to do
Whatever you and your lover may desire;
This is not a recipe about what you must do,
This is a recipe about Rogan Josh.
When you return, you will notice
The mixture is thicker, the color
Changed to a deep, enticing red.
At this moment, it is ready.
As you and your lover sit to eat,
Allow your bodies to warm,
To perspire, to cleanse themselves, to glow.