Today in India we celebrate Teacher’s day on the 5th ofSeptember every year to mark the importance of teachers in our lives and to honour Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday.
With time.. The perception of teaching and teachers too have changed and the pandemic has contributed a lot to how toddlers perceive school or education..
Being a working mother of a 5 year old, I have to, play the role of a teacher too thanks to schools being closed and attend online classes with her🙄it is back to school time for me too🙈
All parents of toddlers experiencing this can relate… Of course it is just kindergarten but I feel the kids are missing out on a lot of things apart from just education.. The basic interaction.. Sharing…meeting up friends..playing with children their age..The joy of school all seems too distant a memory now..
Hoping things revert back to normal soon..wishing all the Teachers and Parents a very Happy Teachers Day!!
On friendship day today, Nah not that usual I did this.. My friends did this.. I was this.. We did this thing together…nope not at all..Just a few pics to make you and self reminisce about the lovely times we have shared with our friends..
Ups and downs..good and bad times..Friends come and go.. But everyone will have some memories which will last forever…
I even to this day big time b…h about all things possible with my friends and you know what makes me happy??when they agree and add more masala to the b……g and keep it going…we all laugh about it… Ahhh what a feel good factor…that’s a feeling.. you could hit the ceiling..😇
Happy friendship day to all my reader friends here at WP!!
Today post is a very hungry one..Yes my hunger for the staple food in South of India..The Humble Idli!!!😋😋 Why humble??🤔Cause it is the cheapest food!!!
Easiest to make ( I guess only South Indians consider it easy to make) Like rajma chawal is a delicacy for us Southies, Idli is a delicacy in the North..( Speaking entirely and purely based on my experience)
So what is an Idli??!!💁 For my Non Indian friends, here is a link to the description about one of the awesome food South India has to offer..
My love story with idlis dates back to my childhood, when my mum used to give me and my brother 1 rupee on Saturdays ( somedays even she needed a break from cooking and we, a chance to gorge on outside food) So, those were the days when idlis used to cost us just 25 paise each, so 4 Idlis for a ruppee was an awesome deal, shared between me and my bro with the most amazing and tastiest chutneys!!🤤
Idlis in India is available at breakfast and dinner in high end restaurants and as street food too.. The taste of the Idlis sold in the carts is totally awesome and entirely different compared to the once sold at restaurants and hotels which boast of it as a rice dumpling steamed and simmered in spiced broth and blah blah blah, it’s a basic rice ball that’s it!!! 🤨😱😳😩
Coming back to my story, my mom used to pack 2 idlis with mint chutney for school..ahhh a memory I still can’t forget!!😍 A friend of mine amused me by having it with ghee and sugar, so you see, idli can be eaten with groundnut,coconut,mint chutneys..sugar..soaked in milk..with spicy lentil powder mixtures..with vegetable sambhar and the list is endless..
The next memory I have as I progressed to high school is of buying it from a small eateries called Sandarshinis for 1 rupee, the prices had increased by then.. My brother’s love for idli sambhar and vada surpasses mine!! Every Saturday after the routine NCC drill in his school he used to treat himself to 2 plates of Idli Vada sambhar!!
💸The prices kept increasing from 25 paise in the 1990s to 1 ruppee in 1994 to 5 ruppees in 1998 to the current 30 ruppees for 4 idlis.. (street food prices) The hotels charge anywhere from 50 to 150 ruppees for a plate.. Idlis are mostly served in pairs cause no one can eat just one😋
In short, Idlis are the most basic and the most easily available and loved breakfast item that has ever been discovered to us South Indians!! More about my idli love in the next post.. Until next time… Enjoy hot Idli sambhar with cool cool chutney!! 🤗🤗🤗
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!!
It is wonderful how sometimes blogs tend to become a way of reminiscing one’s past.. Atleast through portals like these the memories lying deep and forgotten are relived …
Come rainy days and I can’t stop myself from remembering all the times as a kid I looked forward to the rains.. Morning rains heralded “A no school today” option or if the sky was cloudy and somehow I managed to reach school the prayers to god to let it rain were endless… Rains around 3-4 p.m indicated that going home would be a real task.. I can recall parents with dripping raincoats waiting to pick up kids at the main gate.. Talking of raincoats, I had a pink one..I don’t remember my brother’s, it must have been a blue one..
I envied my moms, a light pink floral long raincoat with a hoodie to match with.. My dad’s was more of the serious typical boring brown types before I go on and on, those were the days we did not have a car.. Owning a car was a luxury in the late 80s and early 90s..
Having your own telephone also was considered a luxury in those days, more about that in later posts.. I remember mum or dad coming to drop and pick us up…( my brother and me belonged to different schools🙄 I still wonder why?? ) So I was the last one to be picked… My dad had a scooter and my mom a (moped) A Luna to be more precise, a very “IN” thing those days.. So getting wet in the rain inspite of the raincoat, rushing to meet the waiting parents and coming home half drenched was real fun though..
Rainy days also come with power outage in India..even now 🙄
If it rains, take it for granted there would be one round of power cut – that’s what we call it here… So if mom brought us home one could expect dad to be cooking something special.. My memories of a particular evening goes like this, Dad had minced meat marinated to make sheekh kababs.. I remember him warming the coals in a wide mouthed earthen pot.. He had actually made the skewers himself, before I knew the right word for it I used to call them grill sticks!!🙈 He skillfully crafted the skewers with wooden pieces which sprouted long strong wires..inspite of being a banker he was pretty good at this.Then he used to put the marinated meat on the skewers and fan the coal till the meat was cooked and tender..
We all huddled up in the dark (with the power still gone) against the warmth of the coals and enjoyed the delicacy served.. Having a generator backup was out of question in those days.. Then mom used to make delicious Cardamom Tea to go with it..😋 The best part was no tuitions and home work could wait, yippee a real joy for us!! Thus passed rainy evenings, that linger on my memories..
Many a rainy evening have I imagined the old times and wished to go back in time, which again will remain a wish alone.. Ofcourse I can recreate that scene but it will never be the same..
Hope to make new memories which one day maybe my daughter will get to relive…what’s your rainy day memories…?