I am sure this must have happened to you at some time or the other – you go to great lengths to cook something and it does not turn out as expected. On the other hand, at other times, you throw together a few ingredients and out comes a very satisfying meal. The latter is always the one which gives me, and probably you too, the utmost satsfaction.
Last night, I opened the door of the refrigerator and stared inside…it was virtually empty. A bowl of dal and some boiled potatoes from the previous night’s dinner, some coriander, an aubergine and some eggs were all that I could see, along with a couple of very sad looking tomatoes. I was horrified; how could this have happened! I know, probably I’m still in the holiday mood ! But dinner time was approaching fast…with the kids around, it’s not easy to keep track of the time…it just whizzes by!
Anyway, the boiled potatoes and dal was mixed with flour and some fresh coriander, kneaded into a soft dough and formed into tortillas. Please refer here for the recipe for plain tortillas.I have not used any other liquid for the tortillas…if your dough is too dry, feel free to add a little water. I eyeballed the ingredients so am not mentioning the measurements.
The eggs and tomatoes (yes, the sad looking ones) were combined to make a quick side dish to go with the tortillas. Along with some achaar (pickle), it did make for a yummy meal.
The recipe for the tomatoes and eggs dish follows. I am sure many of you must be making this in your own way. Usually, in this dish, I add more tomatoes than eggs; say about two large tomatoes for each egg. But, as I had scarce resources at hand and four mouths to feed, I added more eggs than tomatoes, and the finished dish resembled scrambled eggs. But it did taste alright and there was nothing to complain about. This is how I made it-
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
3 eggs, beaten with a pinch of salt and 2 tblsp of water
1 tblsp oil
1/2 of a small onion, finely chopped
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
a small bunch of coriander, chopped
salt to taste
1 whole red chilli ,split
1/2 tsp of paas puran
1 bay leaf
- Heat the oil in a pan and add the ingredients for tempering.
- When the seeds splutter, add the tomatoes, onions, turmeric and salt and cook covered over low heat till the tomatoes are mushy.
- Add the eggs and the coriander and stir continuously ( or it will stick to the bottom of the pan), till the eggs resemble a scrambled form, and are not overdone. *** They should be soft.
***If the ratio of tomatoes to eggs, is more, the finished dish should have a sort of thick sauce like consistency.
A very simple dish but which went really well with the tortillas. The sad looking tomatoes did not taste sad at all, and I was pleased to see hands eagerly reaching out for second helpings. The tortillas came out very soft too. Now, wasn’t that a really happy ending to a sad start
Enjoy your weekend!