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! 

Maida/All purpose flour - 1 cup
Chiroti rave/Fine semolina - 1/2 cup
Rice flour -  2 tbsp
Hot oil - 1/4 cup
Oil for deep frying
Onions - 1 big finely chopped

for the masala
Green chillies - 2-3(mild)
Curry leaves - 1 stalk
Cilantro - a small bunch 

Mix all the dry ingredients - Maida, rice flour and semolina. 
Add onion. Add salt. Add hot oil. Mix well with a big spoon. 
Finely chop “for the masala”. Or do what I do and pulse them in a mixie. I accidentally pulsed way too much and made a paste :)
Mix well. Set the mixture aside for a while, like 10 mins or so. Onion will leave some water. Try to make a dough with it, without adding water. Add very little water if there is a need. 

Take a small ball. Flatten it between your fingers and deep fry it on both sides until done.  

Serve with chutney and coffee. 

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