I just realized something. In trying to think of what to call that red lentil and veg mash that I used for stuffed aubergine (or if “veg mash” really is the only thing to call it), bhorta came to mind. I think I may have made bhorta without realizing it – a Bengali comfort food of mashed vegetables with onion and chile. I’m not sure if dal is always mixed in, too, but some of the versions I saw when I looked it up online had it. Yes. I think so. I unwittingly made bhorta and I stuffed aubergine with it!
And I packed some of the leftover mash/bhorta for lunch today.
In the bottom I filled it with fresh spinach leaves. Then I spooned in a generous helping of bhorta. I made a bunch of cucumber rolls, just for a change (also, they are good for dipping), sliced tomato, and toasted sesame seeds. Quite nice. The second bowl had papaya and pieces of fresh coconut as well as a few cucumber stick leftover from making cucumber rolls for the first bowl. Side of walnuts and banana. Pretty well-rounded lunch, I say!