It is Diwali time. Diwali is only two days away. We deck up in our best clothes, cook delicious food and share it with family and friends. We go to each other’s homes bearing gifts of all kinds, sweet and savory, mithais, dry fruits, namkeen.
It’s always lovely to have family and friends over during the festive season. Our homes are lit up with diyas and pretty rangolis are drawn at the door. We fill up delicate bowls and plates of silver with sweetmeats, first serve them as an offering to God and then decorate the table with them for guests. Atithi Devo Bhava, or, the guest is God is a well known Indian saying. We do treat our guests like God.
This is also a time to reflect, to root out evil, and light up our selves with good, cleanse our souls of impurity, let our hearts and minds soak in the light of the incandescent diyas we light in our homes.
Lets share and care, give love and receive it in return, not take more than our due, and live a life of compassion, love and kindness.
Everyone is doing sweetmeat recipes so this Diwali, which is the first on my blog, I am sharing a savory recipe. Batata Vada. It means crisp potato balls dipped in a batter of gram flour, fried in oil with lots of garlic and green chilly-ginger paste as masala in the stuffing, eaten with a chutney of your liking.
Make it this way to delight yourself and your loved ones! Here is the recipe.
For the Vada
2 tablespoons oil
500 gms boiled and mashed potatoes
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
8 to 10 cloves of garlic chopped finely or 4 sprigs of fresh garlic chopped finely till the ends.
1 tablespoon of chilly-ginger paste
A nice pinch of asafoetida
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
A sprig of curry leaves
Some finely chopped fresh coriander
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt to taste
For the batter or covering
1 1/2 cups gram flour
A pinch of asafoetida
1 tablespoon oil
A pinch of soda bicarb
Chilly powder to taste
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
1 In a medium sized pan put the two tablespoons of oil on a medium flame. When hot put in the mustard seeds and let pop. Put in the finely chopped garlic and cook till a nice aroma wafts through. Add the green chilly-ginger paste and cook it for a minute. Now add the asafoetida, turmeric powder and stir for a few seconds. Add the curry leaves, fresh coriander, lemon juice and salt and mix in the mashed potatoes. Stir the mixture well to blend in all the spices and herbs.
2 Make 10 to 12 balls from the potato mixture and keep aside.
3 Mix all the ingredients for the batter with a little water to make a batter of flowing consistency. Keep the batter a little thin to get a crisp and light outer cover for the vadas.
4 Heat the oil for frying in a deep bottomed pan. Dip the potato balls one at a time in the batter and drop gently in the hot oil. Fry till golden brown. Remove and serve hot with a chutney of your liking.