There was quite a bit of food in this novel. I considered making samosas...
"Neel picked up a samosa and sank his teeth into the crunchy pastry shell. He had the metabolism of a hummingbird and could probably eat his weight in fried food without it affecting him in the slightest."
and hot rose milk...
"The glass top of the coffee table had a chip from when I had seen a gecko lizard creeping along the wall and dropped a mug of hot rose milk. I thought I hadn’t missed India at all, but the nostalgia of being in this house again washed over me, and for a second, it felt like home again."
But, in the end, I landed on a sabzi. Preeti said, "Before each of us, Gautam had placed a steel thali of dal, bhat, rotli, and shaak. It was our standard weeknight meal, and tonight’s shaak was eggplant and potato. I hated eggplant but ate it without making any fuss. Today, it tasted delicious. Every Gujarati thali has one common sabzi in it, Batata Nu Shaak. Turns out that's a potato curry. And it was perfect for one of our meatless evenings.
- 2 Tablespoons oil
- 1/4 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon green chile paste (diced, roasted green chiles)
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger root
- 2 cups potatoes, cubed
- 1 cup tomatoes, cubed
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 cup water
- Also needed: steamed rice for serving