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Badt-e-badt

This meal, if you can even call it that, was served to us as children either when we were ill or when we came back from holiday.  It is a meal to share with understanding and non-judgemental friends, particularly if you eat it as we did, with our fingers, Indian style. 

Ingredients 

  • potatoes - one half of a medium potato per person, cut into two pieces
  • onions - one half of a medium onion per person, cut into quarters
  • cabbage and/or carrots and/ or courgette - as much per person as desired, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 egg per person 
  • rice - enough for the number of people eating
  • butter - plenty  
  • lime pickle
  • mango chutney 
  • dried or fresh chilli if desired

Method

  1. Cut the potatoes, onions and rest of the vegetables into bite sized pieces and boil until they are cooked and tender.  
  2. Meanwhile, hard boil 1 egg per person. 
  3. Also at the same time, in a separate pot, boil enough rice for everyone's appetite. This is also a good recipe to use up left over rice. 
  4. When everything is cooked, melt plenty of butter. 
  5. Divide the cooked ingredients (apart from the butter) onto each person's plate according to hunger and need.  
  6. Mix up and mash together, ideally with fingers, Indian style, but if that is not possible, then with a fork.  
  7. Pour the melted butter over it and eat with lashings of mango chutney and lime pickle. If you are brave, like my father, a dried chilli makes this dish even tastier.
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