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Unexpected Guest...What Do I Serve?


Hello friends. I am sure each one of us has gone through this situation at some point in our lives. You get this unexpected call from a close friend or relative that they are in town and would like to meet up in an hour or so. Out of sheer courtesy and love, you offer them to join you for a meal.....and they accept the invite graciously. That is when the alarm bells in your mind start ringing!!!! Suddenly you realize that you have a messy house to be set straight and a meal to be ready in ONE HOUR!! The panic sets in..."What do I do? What should I make? Do I have the groceries and ingredients??


But now, no more. This is not a war zone, so don't worry. Its not that difficult a situation to handle. Take a deep breath, calm down and quickly clean out the living room and dining areas. Just a quick look at the washroom and you are set. 

Next, walk into the kitchen and just sort out the groceries and ingredients available at your disposal. Its easy to make up dishes in a jiffy once you have tamed your mind. I have had this experience quite often and therefore I have a few recipes stored in my brain for it. I would love to share these with my friends so that it might be helpful to them whenever needed.

So, my dear friends, I bring to you a few recipes which can be prepared in a jiffy with easily available ingredients.

Masala Boondi Bhel:-

Masala boondi(deep fried chickpea flour)
 -1 medium bowl
1 large onion 
1 large tomato
1 small bowl of finely chopped coriander 
2 tbsp lemon juice
Salt as per taste
Chat masala as per taste

Finely chop 1 large onion and 1 large tomato and then mix them together in a big bowl. 
Add finely chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice to this mixture.
Add salt and chat masala as per taste. Keep it aside ready to serve.
Finally, just before serving, add masala boondi and mix it well. Serve in a bowl garnished with some finely chopped coriander.
NOTE : If you mix boondi long before serving, the bhel becomes soggy and you don't get that crunchy effect.

Apple Raita:-

Ingredients :-
1 big apple 
1 medium bowl curd/yoghurt
Sugar as per taste

Wash the apple well and cut it into small pieces.
Add curd/yoghurt and finally sugar as per taste.
Mix it properly and chill in the refrigerator if needed. Serve cold or at room temperature as per preference. 

 Mayo Sandwiches

1 loaf of sliced bread (white/whole wheat) 
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper 
1 yellow bell pepper
1 big onion
1 small bowl grated carrot 
2 to 3 tbsp burger mayonnaise(egg less if needed)
1 tsp black pepper 
1 tsp oregano 
1 tsp mix herbs 
1 tbsp chilly flakes 
1 bowl mozzarella cheese(grated)
Salt as per taste

Method :- 
Finely chop the red,green and yellow bell peppers and onion. Mix them together in a bowl. Add the grated carrot to this mixture.
Add the mayonnaise, black pepper, oregano, mix herbs, chilly flakes, cheese and salt to the above mixture and mix well.
Take two slices of bread. Apply ketchup to the inner sides and butter outside. Fill the mixture in between and grill or toast the sandwich to your satisfaction.
Cut into triangle pieces and serve with ketchup.

Now, weren't those really easy to make?? So, worry not....



  1. Ha ha - lovely tips esp about checking the cleanliness of washroom! Loved the recipes too!! I am so tempted by that sandwich right now ;-)

    ​Unzymotic Road Trip

    1. Hey thank you so much Shalini!! I am kinda obsessed about clean washrooms...😜

  2. I love your recipes! Esp the Masala Boondi Bhel one! Going to keep that in mind, for the next surprise visit!:)

    1. Thank you for visiting us...glad we could be of some assistance!!

  3. Oh, I've been in a similar dilemma of calling over people at a short notice so many times. I turn into one super-speedy cleaning machine and chef in a jiffy! Your recipes sound quick and easy to make, especially the boondi bhel. Thanks for sharing!

  4. great ideas :)

    Dropping by from the A to Z Challenge

  5. All of those look so simple and easy to make, especially for a cooking-challenged me! The best cleaning happens 20 minutes before guests arrive. Always!

    1. Haha..very true about the cleaning. Thanks for visiting us!!

  6. As far as I'm concerned, if someone is dropping by unexpectedly, they're going to get what they're going to get. If they want a clean house and a cooked meal (not take out), they'll give me more than an hour's notice ;)

    1. Yeah, that should be the norm. Thanks for visiting us!!

  7. Haah! True it happens with all of us but your quick fix solutions and taming your mind concept are what I loved most about this post buddy.

    1. Thank you for all the love and appreciation Roma!!

  8. Such mouth watering recipes which are so simple to make! At the moment, I'm craving for masala boondi!


  9. I add the boondi to normal bhel as well! And whatever namkeen mixture I have in my house that day. I love bhelpuri.
    I'm gonna try that apple raita soon. Have you made that grilled sandwich with curd instead of mayonnaise? It tastes very refreshing in summers, minus all the calories!

    Happy AtoZing once again! Do drop by sometime! :D
    Chicky @ www.mysteriouskaddu.com

    1. Wow, curd in sandwich. I will try that.

  10. The recipes are great I agree, but would it be enough for the meal time?
    And if an unexpected guest comes by, I am damn sure to order food from outside. Too much stress. Phew

    A Peice Of My Life

  11. Lovely post and even yummier recipes ����