Saturday 18 February 2012


Bhubna's baba would be given the dal chawal to grind. We never knew his name. That's the way with many names in India. Aji sunte ho Chunnu ke papa. Kya keh rahi hai Munni ki ma. Relationships are more important than individual identities. Wonder what these people were called before Chunnu & Munni happened! And now that Munni is badnaam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Once Ma went to the bank & saw a familiar face there. It was an aunty who stayed in our colony. It made sense to approach the familiar face so she did. ' Haan haan hum jante hain aapko didi, aap Archie ke ma hain na?' she was greeted! My brother was called Archie because of his hairstyle(or lack of it!) Thereafter, despite being an independent career woman, mother popularly became Archie ki ma. 

I digress. I was telling you about the idli batter that Bhubna's father would grind for us. We ate idlis for the first two days, by the third, when we wanted a change of taste, Ma made Uttapam with the batter. While I have carried the smell & taste of India with me, I could not bring Bhubna's baba to London. So I needed an easy recipe for Uttapam that did not entail grinding. Teeth, or anything.

Here's instant Uttapam recipe for you, guys.
                                                                                                         You need:
1. 1 cup Semolina(Sooji)
2. 1/2 cup Sour Curd
3. 1/2 cup Water
4. 2 tbsp Chopped Onion
5. 2 tsp Chopped Coriander
6. Chopped Chillies- as preferred
7. Salt- to taste
8. Oil- to shallow fry

How to: 

 1. Mix sooji, curd & water & let it rest for 10-15 mins. 

2. Add chopped onion, coriander,chillies & salt to the batter after 15 mins of sitting time. By now the sooji has softened.

3. Shallow fry both sides on medium flame till golden brown.

    Cover the pan & fry for uttapam to be properly done.

Serve crunchy hot with the sambhar you made yesterday. Remember Grandma's Whisper :)

Happy Weekend, folks!

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