You wake up, go to the bathroom and look in the mirror. It's freaking 6:15 on a cold winter morning.
You splash your face with cool water. No, there is no time to keep the water running till it becomes warm. You dash into the kitchen, switch on the gas and pick the pan which already has oil in it.
The peeler is right next to the washed veggies. You scrape the potatoes, put them on the chopping board and cut them into cubes. By this time the oil in the pan is hot. Add jeera and slide the potatoes into the pan.
On the second burner you put another pan. You swiftly mix Sooji with water and yoghurt. Pick the washed onions, green chilli and coriander from last night, chop well, add to the sooji mix and pour this mix in the second pan.
By this time potatoes are nearly done. You quickly chop Methi, tomato and garlic, which, mind you, were washed last night and kept in order. Swirl the potatoes and cover them again for a couple of minutes.
You then peel the soaked almonds and walnuts and keep a mug of milk in the microwave. In between, flip the Uttapam. Also, add the chopped veggies in the potato pan with some masala and salt. Don’t ever forget the salt.
Run to the bedroom and keep the milk and nuts on the table.
Scurry back to the kitchen and check on the Aaloo Methi and Uttapam. Put another pan on the third burner and start making chapatis. By this time the vegetable and Uttapam are done. While the chapati cooks, transfer the sabzi in the tiffin box and Uttapam on a plate alongside Chutney.
Flip another chapati. Wrap 2 in a foil and transfer them in a second box.
Cut a bowl of fruits and prepare a third dabba.
Neatly keep the boxes in the back-pack and wait till He finishes making yummy noises on the breakfast table.
It’s 7 a.m. The Tsunami in the kitchen has subsided. Kiss the Boy in Suit-Boot goodbye and roll in the blanket till 10.
And that, my friends, is my Sunday –Thursday morning routine! To break monotony, I mix potato with a different vegetable each day. And serve chutney with a different item. The thing I hate to change is my beauty sleep from 7 to 10 a.m.
You’re jealous. I know. Deal with it!