Have you ever given it a thought that mothers ought to be given the award for being the best inventors. The reason is the food items they come up with so as to ensure their kids have some novelty to look forward to in their meal items every time. Tough task on hand but they make it look so easy.
I loved restaurant food as a kid and was very finicky at home with regards to my eating habits. How my mom managed to please me every time with homemade stuff only she knows and which is why in my books she is a genius.
Tandalachi Bhakri was presented as Butter Naan; I hated leafy vegetables so off they went into cutlets and parathas. I get bored easily, so chicken curries underwent a million modifications to make them look different everytime. Phew! Thanks to her I’ll be better prepared if my little one turns out as finicky as I was!
I will share her “patented” recipes through this section. Let’s begin with a quick single.
Bread is a must have item in our kitchens –especially for women who start their cooking heroics after marriage or are too tired to make the effort to make rotis (I’m tired all the time). Not the best substitute for rotis but we can live with it. Bread is also a relief when deciding breakfast items – quick sandwiches make the best breakfast when you have come dead tired the previous night!
But how often have you got bored with the routine bread stuff and wished you could innovate with it and make a tasty quick dish. Presenting my mom’s bread poha
8-10 Slices of bread
1 tomato medium-sized
1 onion medium-sized
6-7 curry leaves
2-3 green chillies
Mustard Seeds – 1 tea spoon
Cumin Seeds – 1 tea spoon
Asafoetida – 1/4 th tea spoon
Turmeric powder – 1 tes spoon
Salt – To taste
Sugar – 1/2 tea spoon
Lemon Juice – 1 tea spoon
Oil – 1 table spoon
Coriander Leaves – 6-7 sticks
Heat oil in a pan , add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida and finely chopped onion. Sauté well till light brown, add finely chopped tomato and sauté till the tomato cooks well, add finely chopped green chillies, curry leaves,turmeric powder, sugar, salt and lemon juice. Add a couple of tablespoons of water to mix the masala well.
Chop the bread slices into small pieces. You can just break the slices into pieces by hand no need to use a knife. Add these uneven pieces to the above masala and mix well.
Stir well for 3-4 mins and then garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
A yummy breakfast is ready in 10-12 mins max!