I recently planted two Lobia seeds into a flower pot lying idle in my balcony. I got a pleasant surprise a few days later when two tiny green plants raised their heads through the brown soil. I wasn’t sure whether they would survive.
Well, not only did they survive, they turned into two individuals with distinct personalities of their own. I have named them Mukesh and Anil.
When the cool drops of rain fall on their big, green leaves, they remain erect and continue to stand proudly with their heads held high .
While Mukesh, the one on the left in the above pic, continues to spread aggressively, sprouting more and more stems and leaves, Anil is more focused on producing flowers which will subsequently drop and give birth to more lobia beans.
Mukesh probably has a long term plan and may even suffocate Anil to death while Anil is only concentrating on the present and trying to do its best under the peculiar circumstances it is caught in. Anil faces a threat from the ants too. They have already started nibbling its flowers.
Which approach is better and who will be more successful? Death is inevitable, but who will go first? Only time will tell…
Last Sunday, during my weekly stock-taking in my kitchen, I noticed that my fridge contained a 4-day-old cooked Gavar Phali (Cluster Beans) dish. We had already had it several times already and none of my family members wanted to eat it any more. Gavar is not a very popular vegetable anyway. But I hate to waste food items, so I had to find a way out and turn it to into something else that could be eaten with great relish.
Another item sitting idle was pudina (mint). I had bought fresh pudina 3 days ago for making chutney. But the mixie conked out at the last minute, leaving me with a bowlful of pudina that couldn’t be stored in the fridge for too long. Its leaves turn black very soon. So I dried the leaves in the microwave oven. I used a little bit of this in a few dishes, but a lot of it was still remaining…
I decided to apply my Mom’s style of cooking that day and combined both of these items with atta, onions and spices. I kneaded the whole stuff into a dough and made parathas with it. They were delicious and all the items were over in a jiffy. Here are the pics…
Mix atta (mixed grain preferable), cooked gavar vegetable (you can use boiled gavar also), chopped onions, dried pudina (you can use fresh pudina also), and spices (ajwain, salt, etc). I added only salt and ajwain, since my cooked gavar was already well-spiced.
2. While kneading the dough, remove the gavar threads that you come across, since they might upset your stomach. This bowl that you see here contained the cooked gavar earlier, as you must have guessed from the oil and spices sticking to it. The idea of writing this post came to me only after the gavar and pudina had got mashed inside the dough…
3. Take out rolls of dough.
4. Roll each of these balls on a chakla like this.
5. Shallow fry the paratha on a tawa and remove it after it turns brown on all sides.
6. Serve the parathas with a chutney/dip of your choice.