Okay, right now I am freaking out! I am so worried that I have no finger nails to left to chew and am contemplating whether I should welcome RD with a belan or a saucepan!
So, we have invited a family for dinner. Its a north Indian family very sweet folks we meet at the Gurudwara. I decided to make south Indian for them..me being oversmart, I should have just stuck to Gujju food!
Anyways, so the menu is masala dosa, medu vada, lemon rice and sambhar. The sambhar is decent. The dosa maav is too watery, the lemon rice is too salty and Gosh..what am I going to give them!
Yesterday evening, I had soaked urad dal for the vada. RD came back from work and volunteered to grind the maav in the mixie saying that you put the girls to sleep, grinding is an easier option!
Now, RD is a great Grinder-er. He grinds all the stuff in the mixie in a way which my very very particular-about-grinding-so-that-everything-is-smooth-as-silk paati would approve! Apart from my cousin K who did college with me, RD is the only guy who can pass my paati’s stringent expectations of grinding..anyways, you get the drift eh? In short, RD is a good grinder-er.
RD: I will do this, RM, you put the girls to sleep
RM: How about you put the girls to sleep? This one is a bit tricky you know
RD: Hey, its just grinding, what is tricky in it?
RM: Well, its vada maav, you need to maintain a thick consistency
RD: hahahh says the girl who has made the runniest dosa maav for guests tomorrow
RD: I can do it. just go with to the girls
RM: okay, now remember to add a bit of salt to every batch so that its not too watery since salt often leaves additional water
RD: Wont it become too salty
RM: Add just a bit na..
R2: Amma, Amma sleep sleep
RM: Did you understand?
R: Amma…can we sleep?
RM: Did you understand
RD: mumble mumble
All is well that night. I keep the maav in the fridge. And today about 1 hour ago, I decide to make the vadas.
The first batch comes out beautifully. I cant be a more proud wife. I am so impressed with his grinding skills that I plan to give him two additional masala dosas in the night…
And then I ask R to taste one of the vadas. Oh wow amma, its yum, she says and skips away…So I put a piece in my mouth after putting 2 other batches into the oil. And I realise, the maav has NO SALT IN IT!!!!!
I call RD
RM: Oye RD, did you put salt in the maav?
RD: hmmm hmmmm what what
RM: Arey the vada maav which you grinded yesterday..did you add salt like I told you to?
RD: Salt, salt…errr..no na..you told me that you will add later
RM: I DID NOT!!! I said add salt at every batch..
RD: no no, remember you said you will take care of the salt
RD: Kya hua kya hua
RM: Now the vadas have no salt
RD: So big deal, just sprinkle some salt on the made vadas na
RM: Bangs head against the wall
RD: whats plan B then..and whats that crash sound at the back
RM: grrrr…there is no plan B!!!! I have made 6 vadas now already!
RD:Ah, so no worries na..add salt now na..
And so I add salt..and guess what happened after that…Guess Guess..
The maav started to get very watery and my vadas started to resemble some weird creatures…
And then…thats it…I decided to make the vadas into bondas 😦
I only hope our guests don’t dislike it too much!