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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Indian Food in the Lunchbox

On Sunday I met up with Pam and Ed (of Thanksgiving last fame, among other mentions) to go see The Lunchbox, a sweet movie about two strangers connected through Mumbai's lunchbox delivery service.


Beyond being entertaining, the movie made me very hungry (AND I loved their metal compartmentalized lunchboxes!) I had made the mistake of only eating two pieces of fruit all morning before the movie. I was right there with Sajaan, who could barely wait until lunch time to open his box to smell the meal. Ever since then my mind can't focus without slipping back into the NEED to eat Indian food.
So:

Zucchini Masala with black-eyed peas. It's exactly the same recipe as Bhindi Masala from Isa Does It (a very traditional Indian cookbook, if you haven't heard of it...) but subbing zucchini for okra because I couldn't find okra.


Served over brown rice with cilantro.
and a side of Barbati Sabji, spicy green beans from Vegan Richa. Topped with coconut flakes. I also bought a bunch of other fun spices for the recipe, including stinky hing:


What the hell else do I do with the rest of the bag?
The meal was enjoyed while listening to old Bollywood movie soundtracks. If you ignore the leers in the video, this song is great. And would that I could dance like that.


15 comments:

  1. I'm not going to lie, this is kind of adorable and kind of exactly how I feel when I read everyone's blogs! Luckily when I read blogs like yours I get healthy cravings... miso soup anyone?! You made a beautiful dish and I hope it satisfied your craving :)

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    1. True, I feel like that too - but then I'd just be eating TOO much of everything all the time. It's a bit more realistic to just have a themed meal.
      It did satisfy, for the whole week!

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  2. Holy wow! Professional looking meal! The film sounds like such a good time! The lunchboxes certainly evoke a lot of envy in me. I'd love someone to make me a delicious, nutritious vegan lunch and deliver it hot!

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    1. It'd be great if anyone else made my lunch for me; hot or cold! Sometimes I'm just too tired, even to think about leftovers.

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  3. I love metal tiffins too! They're not quite as practical as cookware that can be heated in the microwave like glass Pyrex, but they're so cute. I have one metal tiffin set currently, but it really is something that I could buy again and again. I'm always tempted.

    I'll have to check out that movie! Seeing your pictures is making me very hungry for Indian cuisine. I haven't tried the Bhindi Masala recipe from IDI yet, and Richa's recipes are consistently terrific.

    I totally know your pain on the bag of hing. I have had the same tiny jar of asafoetida for YEARS. I know they always say that a person should throw a spice away after 6 months or something, but recipes require such a tiny pinch of it, it seems silly to throw the jar away only to buy another jar that I will never finish. On the plus side, you will never have to buy hing again in your life. Ever. ;)

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    1. This may have been the first time I made one of Richa's dishes, but I always think they look fantastic. I definitely had a hard time picking which recipe to make.
      I keep most of my spices for wayyyy past 6 months. Isn't it frustrating to have a jar just stare at you everytime you open the cabinet?

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  4. Make more Indian food! Yum yum yum; now I want Indian food! Damn that looks good.

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  5. I agree with Abby. The only thing to do with the bag of hing is to keep making Indian food until it's gone. I have the same situation with all the bags of Ethiopian spices in my kitchen.

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    1. I want to start a spice co-op forum where people can post what spice they have too much of and want to swap with a couple pinches of what they need from someone else's spice rack! But maybe the Postal Service doesn't want mysterious-smelling packages going through the mail like that...

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  6. I recognize that actor from the HBO show 'In Treatment'. He has such an very expressive face.

    I always crave Mexican food when I hear latin music. Fortunately for me, it passes.

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    1. I think he's handsome!
      Eating at La Sandia makes up for not doing it at home - though you might get an actual buzz from the margarita if you DIY. And an official salt rim.

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  7. I adore those tiffin lunch containers! I love indian food yet have had my mouth scorched too many times....and haven't made anything beyond dal myself. The movie sounds cute. Nyc has tiffin service- of course. Tempting, since you can swap dishes you don't want, may not be vegan if they use ghee (most places dont anymore since its more expensive) http://www.tiffinblog.com/Default.aspx
    Ttrockwood

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    1. Haha! What a funny idea to have tiffin delivery here! Oy.
      I love Indian food too, including the heat! I just wish I had more patience to make it more regularly.

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  8. Not only in lunch box but also as a takeaway food i like it. Indian Foods are tasty and they have variety. Indian Takeaway Glasgow can provide some good indian food

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