These dishes were the only motivation for us to go and have the mess food. We enjoyed them and we used to rush to the mess to be first in the line, so that we get it hot and fresh out of the kitchen. This does not mean that they were of top quality nevertheless not bad when compared to other dishes prepared. Now whenever I see these dishes, I am instantly reminded of the lengthy, never ending, digressive table conversations we had. As for the recipe, it is a simple straight forward one. Few ingredients and minimum amount of time. This can be treated as a blank slate and you can improvise with any kind of flavours.
- There are different kinds of flattened rice available. Some are thin flakes while some are thick. So if you get a thin one, just sprinkle some water enough to coat it wet. That should be enough. If it's thick, you can soak them completely. Check it the first time you use by starting with minimum water. If excess water is used, it might become sticky. The flakes should be loose and separate but softened.
- You can also add cooked chickpeas to this dish giving it a boost. Cook them separately and add them before adding the flattened rice.