Potato Bhaji (Dry Curry) for Train Journey and Picnics
Train Valae Sukhe Alu (Sabji)
This is a simple dish to make and can be used as part of a main meal, for picnics or as a toasted sandwich filler or even eaten on it's own, with chopped onions and a Green Chutney of your choice. Serves 4-6.
This is my mum's recipe and from down the memory lane! Before the days of dining cars on the trains in India, in the 50's and 60's, great excitement for us children was the special food our mum used to make for the train journeys. It consisted of Poori, this 'aloo bhaji', one or two other seasonal vegetables, an assortment of pickles and some nice sweets like Bean Laddoos or a Burfi of some sort, all carried in a Tiffin carrier. The Tiffin-carrier had multiple compartments stacked one top of another. Fruits, and sometimes yoghurt (dahi) in an earthenware pot, were bought from the station hawkers. Water was carried in a Surahi (see picture), an earthenware water carrier with a long, narrow neck, which kept the water cool in summer months. We all sat around and ate our food, using the lids from the Tiffin or pieces of newspaper or banana leaves as plates. It was like a picnic in the train, a lot of fun!
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