Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Vegetable Cutlet

My very first taste of cutlet was from Hotel Diana in Udupi, when I was a little girl. My grandfather had taken me for a treat. Cutlet and gud-bud ice cream. Yum!!! 

I have had tried making cutlets many times. But they never came out dense like in restaurants. The vegetables would leave out water and the cutlets would turn soggy. Then I got some tips from my husband’s aunt and from Manjula’s kitchen. Which was adding mashed potato mix or corn starch. I added both. Cutlets turned out wonderful. Pretty easy to make too. Liked by kids and adults alike!! Do try!

Also, it is Ganeshana habba season again. One more year of blogging! Happy Birthday Dear blog!!

Happy Gowri and Ganesha habba!!!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Maddur Vade

Yippee! Yippee!! Yippee!!!

Mornings are fresh 
I am stopping and smelling roses 
Hills are alive
Life is back to normal 
Why you ask? 
School has reopened! 

Why so much happiness, you ask? My little brat, when asked what she’d do for summer  holidays had proclaimed that she’s going to eat my head! and true to her words, she did that. You see, this is what happens when you don’t keep your kids occupied. They get BORED! And no school or camps either! And I am pretty strict when it comes to letting her watch TV. So, nothing to do.

Generally I jump in to help my kid whenever she utters the B word(B stands for BORED, in case you are gasping). This summer I tried something new. I said, “Be bored, it’s okay”. 

You see, when I was little, my mom never ran behind me to keep me busy. Me and my brother hardly had any toys, except for few board games. But we still kept ourselves busy, separately. Let me rephrase that, we LEARNT to keep ourselves busy. Yes, there were other kids in the neighborhood to play with, but not everyday. So when my little one was demanding my attention day in and day out, morning through night, I said, “Enough is enough! Now you are old enough to play alone, go play by yourself!”. All she could say was “I am bored”, with a long, mopey face. I said, “Be bored, it’s okay”, frustratingly. She didn’t understand what it meant, I didn’t either :). But that became my mantra for the whole summer. And now she knows that, that is the only response she’ll get from me when she utters the B word... So now she has stopped! God works in miraculous ways :D

Coming to the recipe,

Maddur Vade is a famous appetizer from Karnataka. It is served in the restaurants in the evenings in Bangalore. 
It should be raining outside and you should be eating hot, hot maddur vade along with some hot, hot filter coffee. That’s how it’s supposed to be eaten :)

The recipe itself is very easy. Frying takes a lot of time though. 
BTW, they are not supposed to be green, I made them that way :)  
Do try!