Again the two are not connected…
Firstly thanks all for your wishes..but the damn throat ache is just not going away gah! been drinking hot water and pepper filled food 🙂
anyways, coming to the Friendship Day thing…
Why wasnt I excited about Friendship day this time….Till last year or so, I even called up my friends to wish them, I seem to remember the first Sunday of August as friendship day etc etc…
this year, I didnt even wish RD!!
I am definitely getting older!
though the brat gave me some three friendship bands someone gave her in the daycare and then some card she made as well on Saturday…though I didnt even react to it properly..or may be just that I am too sick to bother…I dont know!
Just because I am in my 30s, or has the Friendship day lost its charm, or have I really become cynical about such things??
Now on the recipes
Made this on Sunday morning for R and I. this is something my Nani makes…I didnt remember the actual recipe, so just made up my own.
Take a couple of red tomatoes (errr…I mean not green ones, you got that right!) then you make small pieces and put in the mixie jar. Add some jeera, akha dhaniya or coriander leaves (Patty puts coriander leaves, but I was out of it, so added some akha dhaniya), some ginger, some chillies, some pepper (This was more for my throat ache). Make a paste which will be water thanks to the tomatoes.
Add this mixture to the wheat flour you plan to use for the paratha, add some turmeric, ajwain, some salt and if wanted some sugar to it. (I think you can even add some garam masala to it if you want, I didnt do that..because my Patty doesnt use it 🙂 )
Bind it like our usual atta, you can add additional water to it if need be and make parathas and eat with achar/dahi/jam/sauce (jam/sauce is R’s input!) I had it with raita..it was pretty yum 🙂
Baked Raw Kela Koftas
hahahahaha! I sound like one of those super duper smart chefs na who work on low cal food..yipeeeeeeee
anyways, this one was not a big hit honestly…when RD ate the koftas which I had baked, his face changed in such a way that I was sure it was not due to the leg pain he claimed he was suffering from..errr..they were very kadak…but but…
I must admit, when I added the koftas in the gravy, they did turn soft 🙂
and before any of you wonder why the hell was I making koftas in sickness, I wanted to finish the raw banana which was in the fridge for like a week! and was threatening to become pakka soon!!
so this is how it goes
Boil the bananas after removing the skin..I cut it into small pieces and microwaved for 10 minutes…I took about 3 raw bananas..once they are out, add some besan to it, keep mashing them, add amchoor, add dhaniya powder, jeera powder, salt, turmeric, hing to it…keep adding the besan till it becomes like a bit not-very-gooey mixture…and you can make small balls out of it…at this stage, if you have a four year old in the house who is enthused about work, give the job of pinching out small balls from the mixture..but beware that this means cleaning up the mess!
then take a microwavable patram, apply some oil to the surface, add these pinched balls (they were not really round, but dont make them very big, make them small) and put it in the microwave…I kept for 3.5 minutes, flipped the balls (which got kinda stuck to each other, but dont worry, once they are thanda they will separate out, even if they dont, you can always break them eh?) and then again kept for 2-3 minutes…
These balls are like stones *exaggeration*..ek dum kadak..this is when RD came in to taste and tried to turn his grimace into a smile…
Make a gravy of tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, green chilly, take oil in a kadai, add this, turmeric, hing, jeera, garam masala, dhana jeera powder, and then let it cook for a while..add some salt and then add the koftas as well and keep cooking…the koftas will absorb the gravies and you will get soft koftas..well, not like melt-in-the-mouth (those are deep fried ones boss!) but more like able-to-bite-without-breaking-my-teeth…which is like 8/10 marks in the R household 🙂
go on enjoy!!! low oil koftas 🙂