My dear reader, isn’t it fascinating how we carry our childhood memories of specific comfort food! Speaking one’s mother tongue, serving someone their comfort food must be two particular ways of taking friendship to the next level with people.
But sometimes, people tend to develop an unexplained deep liking for something they’ve only just seen or experienced. So much so that it baffles the person feeling it. I feel fortunate to see and meet people here who think this way about India and Indian food.
“How did I live all these years without this?” they said of vada pav.
The genuine warmth of the chaat person serving it, the vibrant bustle of Mumbai and it’s sweet everyday people – they were smitten by it all! And they wondered if I could make some at 9 pm in the night!
At any time of the day (or night), I don’t like to deep fry stuff in my house but didn’t have the heart to say it aloud to them. And I wasn’t going to relax this small but critical rule I’ve made for myself about 8-9 years ago.
So here’s what I came up with. And DELIGHTED to report it was a huge hit.
I don’t have pictures the final of the final product, as it got eaten up right away, but you’ll get the point – so here we go!
Step 1 – Warm a lavash bread on the tava.
Step 2 – Place the alu sabji and garlic chutney, as seen in the picture.
Step 3 – Roll it tightly, as seen in the third picture.
I’ve no pictures from this point onward –
Step 4 – Cut the roll into 1-inch rounds
Step 5 – Roast the alu exposed sides of the roll on the tava until it turns a crispy golden brown
Step 6 – Serve with green and red chutney, plus tomato ketchup or sauce
It comes very close to the real thing MINUS all the evil of oil and deep-frying. And that, in my books, is a huge PLUS!
You know, lovely reader, food must feel good long after you’ve eaten it. Isn’t it? What’s the point in eating something if it’s going to make you feel guilty and miserable ten minutes after??
Well, that’s my yardstick for saying yes (or no!) to anything in life.
On that note, Jai ho to desi food. ❤️