Just thought I'd share my recipe for a desperate meal with anyone who cares to read! This is a "healthy" variation of the North Indian kadhi, fast to cook, and if the doting husband is to be believed, good to eat as well!
- In a heavy-bottomed pan (sounds so funny), heat a tablespoon of desi ghee.
- Add some mustard seeds, hing powder, red chili powder
- When the seeds pop and before the powders burn, add chopped garlic and curry leaves
- Before it all burns, add a medium-sized onion, sliced into thin moons.
- Before the onions burn, add half a big capsicum and one orange carrot cut into strips, and one drumstick chopped up.
- Stir stir stir, then add salt and cover. Let it simmer. Don't peek. I know it smells bad right now. Shh.
- Open a 400ml pack of Nestle dahi that is closer to its expiry date than its mfg date. Add two tablespoons of besan into the jar.
- Stir the besan into the dahi gently, without forming lumps and without spilling dahi all over the kitchen counter, floor, or the office clothes you have not had time to change out of.
- Wipe all the surfaces on which you have spilt the dahi.
- Add a bit of turmeric to the gooey mixture in the dahi jar.
- Try to convince the husband that this is a beauty pack and you could give him a facial.
- Now that the husband will no longer venture near the kitchen, continue with full concentration.
- The vegetables should be done in about 20 minutes. No need to check. I'm telling you! Also, this is all stuff you'd eat raw, so don't worry if it is undercooked.
- Add the dahi-besan-haldi beauty treatment goo into the heavy bottomed pan that the veggies have been using as a sauna.
- Rinse the jar with 200 ml water and put that water into the kadhi. Never waste anything.
- Stir the kadhi and cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes. When you bring it to a boil, the orangey tadka will rise to the surface.
- Taste to ensure that the besan does not taste raw. Have some raw besan for reference first if you dunno what you're looking for.
- Serve with rice. Two hungry DINKS who do not get snacks at work can finish this off. Would be enough for three civilized people otherwise.
* Etymology: Student from the English student: A person studying in England who has no inclination towards deep frying pakodis for kadhi, but still wants to eat this bachpan ki favorite dish. Kadhi from the Bollywood song "kadhi kadhi kya soch rahi hai chal ho jaayein nau do gyaarah, tan tana tan tan tan taara, chalti hai kya nau se baarah?"