I am back after an extended weekend in ‘Amchi Mumbai’ (Our Mumbai) for my little niece’s first birthday. Mumbai- the city that never sleeps. Even at 12 in the night you feel as if it is Prime time! People getting back home from work (yes that’s true), some going for a stroll, partying crowd ,the roadside vendors selling all types of typical ‘Mumbaiya’ food. From Chinese Hakka noodles to Bhakri-Pithla/Zunka you get it all. Pav Bhaji is one of the most popular fast foods typical to Mumbai and you find ‘Pav Bhaji ki Gaadi’ (Hand cart) anywhere on the streets of Mumbai.Cheap and filling Pav Bhaji can be eaten for Breakfast, lunch dinner- anything. It is almost impossible to resist the aroma coming from these ‘Gaadis’ or eateries serving Pav bhaji and the distinct ‘tak tak’ sound thePav Bhaji masher makes with the Tava is just melodious….
I like to include different dals like Toovar,Moong, Masoor.. sometimes even Urad alternately in my day-today meals. One of my favourite dals is Masoor dal (Red lentils). This beautiful looking orange red dal is commonly used in North Indian cuisine. You can make out masoor dal being cooked in any household. It gives out a typical rich aroma..unique only to Masoor dal. This dal is easier to cook than the other dals. Soak it for ½ an hour and it gets cooked within 10-15 minutes.Masoor dal cooked in combination with tomatoes increases its flavour and is absolutely irresistible….
Fresh Green Capsicums ( green Bell Peppers) or any veggies for that matter are quite difficult to resist, the way they are stacked neatly in the vegetable markets here. I also like the freedom these veggie vendors give you for selecting the veggies on your own. That’s the reason I dislike buying veggies in the malls …prepacked in polythene bags….