Tuesday 13 March 2012

Kitne Aadmi Thay

There were two dark horses that year. Sushmita Sen and Renu Kumari. 
The expected contender of the Miss India crown was Aishwarya Rai, the more photogenic & popular model. But as Ash tripped on stage & gave the silliest possible answer to the final question, Sush stilletoed her way into the judges' heart with her poise & intelligent response.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Everybody expected Anu to win the Queen of the Evening title in the Graduation ceremony that year. She was, by far, the smartest & most articulate girl in the batch. Unlike Ash, Anu fielded the judges' question wittily. But to everybody's surprise, Renu's included, it was a dark horse who clinched the title. Whether it was the metamorphosed plain- Jane- to-glamour-girl look   that won the panel's vote or the Gabbar joke, we will never know. 
Gabbar: Ab tera kya hoga Kalia?
Kalia: Sardar maine aapka namak khaya hai.
Gabbar: Ab goli kha.
That was the immortal Salim-Javed dialogue in Sholay. The Bhojpuri version goes:
Gabbar: Ab tohar ki hobey Kalia?
Kalia: Sardar hum tohaar namak khaile hain.
Gabbar : Ab sattu phank!
                                                                                                  Sattu is an integral part of a Bihari/Jharkhandi household. Also, of a Bengali, if they have breathed the Bihari air all their life. Sattu Parantha is a healthy substitute if you want a change from the regular aloo, gobi.
The Cover:
1. 2 cups aata(wheat flour)
2. 1/4 tsp salt
3. 1 cup water
The Filling:
1. 3/4-1 cup sattu[makes 7-8parathas]
2. 1tbsp chopped onion
3. 1tsp chopped green chillies
4. 1/2 tsp ajwain
5. 2 tsp mustard oil
6. 1tsp lemon juice/ any pickle masala
7. Salt- to taste
8. 1-2 tbsp water
The Parantha:
1. Refined Oil/ghee - to shallow fry  


1. Knead aata into a smooth dough & keep aside.

2. Prepare filling by mixing all the ingredients together.

3. Make equal sized balls of the filling so that you are not left with extra sattu/aata at the end.

4. Fill the sattu mixture into aata balls & roll out like any stuffed parantha.

5. Shallow fry both sides till  golden brown.  

Serve hot with pickle/raita/curry. 
You may not be wearing the crown but you are the Kitchen Queen, Lady! It's your choice :) 

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