Sunday 15 April 2012

Gimme More

If you've ever had a flatmate who does not eat the side of the bread, you'll know what I'm talking about. Every third day, you wake up to see that the new bread packet has been opened but the first piece is intact. Now you don't want to start your day with resentment so you quietly toast the side piece along with the others. Because you also split the bills, grocery included, you stand to lose if you don't eat that piece yourself. The only alternative is throwing the side pieces, which translates to every two slices of bread wasted from every packet. Criminal waste, I'd say. You've been raised to respect food and you know the value of it. If you know a wise being, he'll help keep your frayed nerves in check by saying,'Why discriminate? The side piece is also bread!' So you hear the sermon, make peace with an irritating reality & quietly eat the humble pie, err, bread.
                                                                                                      There are things you can do with the side pieces though. That makes living pleasant for you. It doesn't change the other party's preferences but isn't happiness an andar ki baat. Why let externals agitate your inner calm! You can make pudding with it, make french toast & enjoy the delicious egg-drenched slice, transform it into a magical bread ka halwa or do a tasty Bread Poha. We do the last one today. Here's how.
                                                                                                        We need:
1. 1 flatmate(like above:))
2. 4 bread slices[serves 2]
3. 1 medium onion cubed
4. 1 medium tomato cubed
5. 1/2 medium capsicum cubed
6. 1 beaten egg(optional)
7. 2 tbsp salsa sauce(optional)
8. 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
9. 1 tsp sugar(optional)
10. Salt to taste
11. 1 1/2 tbsp oil

How to: 
1. Saute onion, capsicum & tomato one after the other in that order till vegetables are half cooked.
Stir on medium heat adding salt so veggies soften.
Add the beaten egg now if you are using it.

2. Add the salsa dip & chopped cilantro and cook veggies for 5 minutes.

3. Add the bread pieces to the vegetable mix & cover the wok for 5 mins.
4. When the bread softens, add sugar, mix well till granules dissolve & remove from flame.
                                                                                                                                            Serve hot.     


This chatpata dish makes for a great healthy breakfast. It has wholewheat bread, vegetables & very less oil. 
                                                                                                 Enjoy the colourful start to your day. And the next time you move house, ask the prospective housemate-before moving-whether he eats the side bread. Or has the habit of, for eg, eating 1 1/2 chapatti with the intent of solving world hunger....

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