Ever since I started my never ending diet.. I always keep and feel Sundays to be my cheat meal day.. Either you eat the whole day or just opt for one cheat meal.. I prefer the latter…
So today I made what we call as Gongura Mutton Curry in the southern states of India… Gongura is Sorrel leaves…a green leafy vegetable..with three triangle shaped leaflets.. It is kind of sour when you cook it.. Can be made into a paste..Chutney.. Pickles..mixed with pulses to make gongura dhal…mostly used in many non vegetarian dishes…
Today I used it along with mutton to make yummy mutton curry..
To make sure I am still within my current weight, I compensate by having a very light dinner..
In continuation of fathers day, here’s a forwarded message.. It was soo touching that I had to share it..sometimes some messages really touch you and make you think and re think, so couldn’t resist sharing it..
A daughter asked her dad if she has ever made him cry in front of her before, because she did not remember ever seeing him cry.
He said, “Once.”
He told her that when she was 3 years old, he laid out a pen, a rupee, and a toy in front of her. He wanted to see which one she would pick…
It represents what you’ll value most when you grow up.
Like the pen is intelligence, money is wealth and the toy is fun.
He was just doing it out of curiosity.
It was interesting for him to see which one she would pick anyway.
He said that she just sat there and stared at the items. He sat across from her and waited patiently.
According to him, she crawled towards them, he held his breath, and she pushed everything aside and went straight into his arms.
He didn’t realize that he was one of the choices. And that was the first, and the only time she made him cry …
So one sunny afternoon…just before serving lunch..I planned to make something to go with the lunch menu which had piping hot sambhar..rice and sabjis
Instead of the usual Papadums or Appalams/ Vadiyalu/ Vathal as we call them in Kannada…Telugu and Tamil..( Yes!!! Yours truly is a multilingual person hailing from the South of India..speaking 8 languages..so I tend to use words in different languages as and when my brain processes the images🙈)
So I decided to go with a Simple easy and instant recipe
Onion pakodas/ fritters It is a staple on rainy days or those long tiring evenings when one craves something to go with Chai/ Tea
Ok so this recipe doesn’t need much of pre preps…
🧅Chop one onion in lengthy strips.. (Divide the onion strips individually..else they all get sticky and we will end up with a gunk of onion batter..)
🧅In a Mixing bowl.. Add 1 cup of Besan (Gram flour) 2-3 teaspsoons of Semolina..( Rava/ Semolina makes the fritters crispy)
🧅A bit of salt…a pinch of chilli powder…( Can also add chopped green chillies) 🧅A pinch of coriander powder,turmeric powder and garam masala and salt…
I also added a bit of dry mango powder( that’s completely optional) So mix up these ingredients well..
🧅Add in water to the desired consistency…some prefer it a little dry, some all wet and gooey…works well both ways!!
🧅Heat a Kadai/ Pan with generous amounts of cooking oil..
🧅Let it warm up and add in the mixture in small quantities..
🧅Deep fry till nice soft and golden brown…keep the flame low as it tends to burn the besan real fast..
🧅Serve with tomato/ chilli sauce or with a side dish of green chillies and pickled onion ringlets or have it with sambhar rice..dal rice..even better make a kadhi out if it!!
( Kadhi is Onion pakodis/ fritters dunked in spiced buttermilk ) more about kadhi maybe in an another post!!
All in all a simple and easy recipe..do give it a try ..
🧅I have heard and seen on cookery shows the batter for the pakodis/ fritters been made with Beer… Heard they come out real crispy and yumm..never tried it though…maybe some time soon
🧅The same batter can be used to make a variety of fritters..instead of onions just add in roundly sliced potatoes..raw bananas…large green chillies…egg plant..boiled eggs..and even bread!!