I was listening to the song “Give me some sunshine” from 3 Idiots recently which conveys that heavy workload and exam pressure spoil childhood. The line “Concentrated H2SO4 ne poora bachpan jala daala” (concentrated H2SO4 burnt my entire childhood) struck me significantly, taking me back to my school days when I had to learn what happened when the dreaded carbon atom bonded with hydrogen, oxygen, itself and God knows who else.
I had tried hard to understand the subject, taking down notes, by hearting formulae, drawing diagrams, but finally resigned to the fact that the carbon molecule was far too mean for someone as good natured as me to handle. While I was not alone in losing to Carbon, there were a few intelligent people who seemed to find organic chemistry as interesting as Mallika Sherawat dancing to an item number. To avoid looking at these gifted few as they listened with rapt attention to stories about allotropes, single bonds and double bonds, and worrying about my inability to understand the same, I took to hiding my lunch box underneath my desk during class time, snatching bits and pieces out of it, and sharing it with other lesser humans, who like me, were looking for better things to do.
I somehow passed my chemistry exam and sighed with relief when I realised that my college subjects didn’t include Organic Chemistry. I had successfully left behind the cursed carbon in school, but my habit of eating during class hours stuck on. If you want to eat without drawing attention to yourself, the meal should be non-messy and should not have too strong an aroma, which means that rice and fish curry are out, and so is that juicy orange. A sandwiched omelette fits the bill perfectly!
(This is a very simple recipe, the way I like it. You can try adding in garam masala, coriander leaves, chili powder, chopped ginger etc as per your taste)
For the Indian omelette:
- Beat together all ingredients for the omelette except oil with a fork.
- Brush the oil onto a pan, warm over a low flame.
- Pour in the egg mixture.
- When the underside of the omelette has browned slightly, turn over and cook the other side. Keep aside.
- Brush ghee on the bread slices, and toast in a pan till browned to your liking.
- Spread the tomato sauce over toasted bread, top with omelette, cover with another slice of bread, and serve hot.
How simple is this! I will soon share the recipe for my mother’s easy to make tomato sandwich, which was extremely popular in my class.