Our elders had the unique ability of creating curries out of anything that is edible, well just about anything. Nowadays if an unexpected guest comes, we order food from outside. In the past, though, my mom would conjure up quick interesting recipes to save the day. One such recipe is thom chawal. Made with a few basic ingredients, mostly available at home its quick and easy and looks special. Mom would sometimes make it for lunch during summers. I used to love it as a child, and would ask mom to save it for the next meal.
This unique dish was almost forgotten till a couple of years ago when my mom was put on a diet that restricted her from eating most of the vegetables, even tomatoes. With very few options left, this dish brings variety to her meals that were usually bland.
I wanted to share this recipe as I realised that there are so many traditional dishes that our mothers and grandmothers used to make that are getting forgotten. Thom Chawal is had with Chapati or paratha. As a variation you can also add wadiya or badi . Wadiya or badi is black lentil soaked in water and then coarsely ground with spices and sun-dried in small balls.