Mumbai, i.e. the erstwhile Bombay, is a place where the weather is either warm or hot and most of the time humid. The heat and humidity is capable of taking a toll on one’s energy levels. The only season that is pleasant here is the monsoon and the only time when the heat levels subside a little bit is during December and January. When monsoon was lashing the city relentlessly, for what seemed like eternity (three and a half months actually), I was sick of the dank smells of the season; I was craving for the bright sunny days. Now, when the monsoon has receded and the sun is beating down on the city, I am missing the cool monsoon days…
Mumbai is simmering…the humidity is suffocatingly high and is such a deterrent that I look for escape routes to avoidcookingstanding by the stove in the kitchen. Yesterday happened to be one such day when I did not feel like entering the kitchen. I was running out of veggies and the hot sun outside terminated any thoughts, whatsoever, that I had to step out to buy my stock of vegetables. So, the hunt for leftovers in the refrigerator begun…Voila! Some leftover dal that was cooked the previous evening. But I knew that my daughter would flatly refuse to eat it for lunch. She always wants variety in her food and no left-overs please; unless it happens to be chickenJ
Half an hour was left for my daughter to be back home from school and I quickly rummaged through the other stuff in fridge. One of the things which is omnipresent in my refrigerator is boiled potatoes. They are really handy when I run out of veggies or when I am going through one of those ‘I want a break from kitchen’ moments; which are more weather induced than any other factor. They provide me a variety of options; stuffed potato flatbread, a bread roll, potato cutlet, potato curry and of course smashed masala potatoes, etc.
So, the potatoes were peeled and given a coarse mash, onion was chopped, lentil was mixed with whole wheat flour and dough made ready. Now what was left was giving a quick stir fry to the smashed potatoes and making flatbread from the lentil dough. Twenty minutes was all it took!! I was pleased with the meal that I was going to dish out to my daughter – yum and wholesome. She happily mopped up the whole stuff along with raita. And I was a happy satisfied mother J
This all looks and sounds so good. I especially would like to try and make the flatbread.
If the weather is so unbearable there why not consider moving or is that not an option? I can’t handle extreme heat and humidity. It makes me sick to my stomach. Kudos to you for continuing to cook in such extreme heat.
You are amazingly creative, guess your kid keeps you on your toes! The potatoes sound like they have some super flavor with all those wonderful spices in there. Also the flat bread-toasty and butter, just the way I like it. Great post!
Thanks Vicki! Moving is not an option as of now coz most major cities in India have such weather (either too hot or too cold) and they are also the cities where most lucrative jobs are available so as of now, there is no other option.
Okay.. you really made me drool a little. That looks soooo fantastic!! I love deviled potatoes and your paratha looks amazing. I would eat that meal in a heart beat. Lunch.. Dinner.. Breakfast.. midnight snack. Anytime. I love it.
Yum!! They both look absolutely delicious!! I love this type of Indian potato dish. I’d love to try the lentil fried flatbread. I’ve never thought of using lentils to make bread, but this sounds very interesting! Beautiful photos, too. 🙂
My good friend is from Mumbai and heard great things about food and everything. I’d love to have this for lunch…it doesn’t look like “leftovers”. 🙂 I’ve had homemade chapati and oh that was so good. Your meals look delicious!
This does not at all look like a meal from leftovers! How beautiful it looks. I love potatoes in any form! But these look so scrumptious! (And why don’t kids like leftovers? Mine don’t either. But I often think food tastes better when it’s allowed to sit!)
ooh, this sounds amazing! since my brother has been living in india for almost a year now (in delhi), i’ve been experimenting a bit more with different types of indian regional cooking. this looks just fabulous – will have to give it a try!