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She opened the fridge. She knew what awaited her inside; but still she was aghast. That’s a typical of Mrs Chitterchatter. She loves surprising, shocking herself! The previous day the family had returned from Sanjay Gandhi National Park’s ‘Night under Sky’, camp. Though superbly enriched, the entire family was running low on energy. Being awake all through out the night under the open skies and in wilderness, had its spill over effect on them. After the scrumptious lunch from a nearby restaurant, they had slept through the afternoon and much into the evening.

So whats that has to do with a shocker from the refrigerator? Aha…there you are! Because she had slept for longer time, she got lazier than ever. She did not venture out to buy the vegetables nor she had planned enough to store the vegetables a day before. Much needs to be done by Mrs Chitterchatter on planning front, you may think. If you say that, you will have a company there…Mrs Chitterchatter herself!

So here she was, staring at the almost empty vegetables tray. “Oh my God”, she said in astonishment. Hearing that the Innocent Baby and the Giant kid who were fighting for nothing, rushed to the kitchen. When they saw Mrs Chitterchatter near fridge, they returned back. For, this happens a lot of times and hence was not a shocker for them. Mr Balanced, did not even bother to get up from sofa, for the kids had returned in less than a minute and had continued their fight; giving him enough an indication that everything was normal!

A lonely carrot, a little bit wrinkled capsicum, half consumed cauliflower, two potatoes on the verge of being crummy and a spotted cucumber welcomed her. Mrs Chitterchatter perked up the moment she took them all out and kept them on the kitchen platform. The red, the green, the whitish yellow and the brown colours cheered up her mood. Why not have a riot of colours way before Holi, she thought! An idea can really change the world, she told herself. She gave a pat on her back when she found the frozen peas in the fridge. Humming her favourite song, she was in thick of action soon.

All that she did was, cut them all. Recently she had bought a readymade spice mix, “Kolhapuri Mix Vegetable Masala”. She decided to use the same and in no time, the “Jugaadu” vegetable-dish was ready. It was complimented with the staples such as “sdah varan” aka plain daal, “bhat” aka plain rice and “khamang kakadi” aka Cucumber salad.

Needless to say, they all had a yummy lunch. Left overs to the rescue!



If you are new to my blog, let me introduce you to the family members in the post…

Mrs Chitterchatter and Mr Balanced live in the suburban town of the metro city with their teenage son, The Giant Kid and the pre-teens daughter, The Innocent Baby.

Linking this post to #FlavoursomeTuesday by Shilpa of Metanoia and Sunita of Mumbai On High 

27 Comments

Archana (@yenforblue) · March 6, 2018 at 11:26 am

Wow!
Happy to meet your family 🙂
I too end up making ‘Jugadu’ dishes occasionally and a packet of frozen peas and potatoes are my saviours!!

    Anagha Yatin · March 6, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Every household has same kitchen tales! Some benign things like potatoes and peas are real rescuers…and feel we should reward them with a medallion. Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

Obsessivemom · March 6, 2018 at 11:44 am

Ha ha I love the sound of that jugadu subzi. And the meal sounds delicious. Those masalas are such a boon, I use them all the time too. I haven’t tried this one though – the Kolhapuri mix.

    Anagha Yatin · March 6, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    The masalas for me are the real magicians, ‘coz they turn a below average cook like me into a “chef”!!! Do try “Kolhapuri Mix Veg Masala” and share your flavoursome tale with us dear!
    Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

writershilpa · March 6, 2018 at 11:50 am

OMG! This is just what I do!!
There are so many instances when I have forgotten to buy the veggies and stock my fridge that ‘jugaad ‘ is the only thing that helps! 😅
Most of the time there are the exact same veggies lying in my fridge like yours. I either make a jhatpat veg pulav or a veg kolhapuri with the kanda -lasun masala we bought on our way from Shirdi. And that’s it – khana tayaar! 😅😅

Being jugaadu helps!
Hi five to you Ana! 👍👍👍
Thank you for sharing your foodie story! ❤

    Anagha Yatin · March 6, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Hi 5 Shilpa. “Masala meherban to Mrs Chitterchatter pahelvan… i mean Chef”..hahahaha!
    Thank you Shilpa for providing this platform to share my kitchen tales. Its falvoursome feeling to be associated with the #FlavoursomeTuesdays.

Roma · March 6, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Haha what a fun read 😛👌, btw it is an everyday tale with me, otherwise an avid planner but kitchen is one place I fail miserably

    Anagha Yatin · March 6, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Lets take an oath Roma…that we will remain what we are and not change a bit. Because if we become planned, there would be no stories left in life to share and laugh about!!!
    Thanks dear for visiting and sharing my grief. It feels lighter this way…hahahaha

Varsha Kalelkar · March 6, 2018 at 1:27 pm

Did you just peeped in my refrigerator before you wrote this piece? But then you showed me how to use it…

But the part that I loved the most is family reactions and names. Mr. Balanced in all families must have spent few years in Himalayas and are unfazed by chit chats 🙂

What a spectrum of writing, from sci-fi to recipes, take a bow

    Anagha Yatin · March 6, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    “Kahani ghar ghar ki”, Varsh…Indian TV soaps have taught this to us, isnt it! Thank you so much Varsha for visiting and encouraging me!

mahekg · March 6, 2018 at 1:33 pm

I think I should say yeh regular 🤐
But innovation aise he hota hai shayad.

    Anagha Yatin · March 6, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    All innovators must be really lazy in nature! Wow…we have something common with legends…hahaha!
    Thanks Manisha for giving me some food for thought here!

      mahekg · March 6, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      Apne baare mein acha sochna chaiyeh na. We can say we do innovations who knows reason behind it. What say?

        Anagha Yatin · March 6, 2018 at 7:16 pm

        On same page with you Manisha!!! Gud one!

pushpendra پُشپیندر (@pushpendra4acti) · March 6, 2018 at 2:39 pm

interesting thoughtful story telling

    Anagha Yatin · March 6, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Hahaha…life is all about the stories developing around us, isn’t it? Thank you so much for visiting and appreciating my efforts.

Varsh · March 6, 2018 at 6:02 pm

Ahha! Innovation finds a way. Many of my recipes have come out this way. That was some presence of mind, Anagha. I usually keep masalas handy for such emergencies. 😁

    Anagha Yatin · March 6, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    And we call it “Jugaad”!
    Thanks Varsh for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

Dipika Singh · March 6, 2018 at 6:58 pm

That’s a flavorsome post Anagha with lovely Mrs. Chitterchatter making some yumm colorful delights. Love the narration.

    Anagha Yatin · March 6, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Mrs Chitterchatter is suppa happy to receive this appreciation! Thanks Dipika for visiting and for uplifting remarks.

Namratha Varadharajan · March 6, 2018 at 9:37 pm

Haha. That was funny! Reminded me of twinkle kanna😊

    Anagha Yatin · March 6, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    That means a lot to me Namratha! Thanks for visiting and appreciating.

Meha Sharma · March 7, 2018 at 4:24 pm

Jugadu dishes come to our rescue so often. Looks yummy! Good save Mrs. ChitterChatter. I can so relate to her ☺️

    Anagha Yatin · March 7, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    There is a Mrs Chitterchatter hidden in every woman I suppose! Thanks Meha for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

Mohan Manohar · March 9, 2018 at 4:57 pm

very fun reading your post.

    Anagha Yatin · March 9, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Thank you Mohan Manoharji for visiting. I am glad you liked it!

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