I think I should stop all the big talks I do on health because it does not tally with what I do within the four walls of my home. With my daily dose of just two tablespoon of rice if I have eight to ten fries, people will definitely ask me to shut my mouth soon. Well, we do not always practice what we preach, though we should. Our Cristine is so tired of the same question .... dear do you find me a little less? Her innocent answer would be it is same as last month. The heavy hearted me wants to say some lies are harmless dear. Looking at the mirror I can see piled up stubborn fat in the arms and tummy. My senior would say stop worrying, be happy, you cannot or need not be Priyanka Chopra. He is jealous actually because he knows the wifey thing is not dependable kind of, dated so many right from her teen.... Imran Khan to Wasim Akram to Pranoy Roy to the magnanimous Big B. Of them all it was the Little Master who ruled my heart. Loving him I loved Cricket, I am not at all a sporty kind. I was in standard 8, and he was supposed to be present at the Aajkaal ]Bengali Newspaper] stall. I went with an equally mad friend... Dalia. We stood in the front row with an autograph book and pen and told each other if lost we will meet at the Vostok stall entrance. We knew there will be a ruckus but never imagined it will be of that magnitude. Everyone shouting Sunny.... Sunny rushed towards the stage, me been one. I could grab his shirt and no wonder the police will start using sticks. I fell from the steps, with deep bruises both of us friends were given first aid at the Calcutta Police Booth .... and the autograph book was lost... within a week I wrote him a letter, the answer I got after three years when in 11th standard. Today I cannot think of facing a policeman, not even for the Little Master .... I am aging....
So, I keep cooking for my men, for the silent and indulgent observer of his wife's madness .... Fries and fritters are a regular kind of thing at my home. We love it either as an appetiser or as a sides with lentil and rice. Phoolkopir Bora / Gobi Pakora / Cauliflower Pakora are quite regular at our home. Yesterday two of my friends came over tea..... they do not know each other, i felt they are of same nature, quiet and composed.... so let me introduce them to each other and the three of us can often meet. One is a North Indian and another South Indian.... and my Filipino Cristine made both happy with tea and coffee respectively. Nonetheless to say, all of us rocked over Phoolkopir Bora that was served with a homemade Raw Mango Achar / Pickle. Let us do them together.
INGREDIENTS : [for the achar / pickle]
Raw Mango : 2-3big
Mustard Seed : 1/2tsp
Sugar : 1/2small cup
Cumin Seed : 1tbsp
Coriander Seed : 1tbsp
Fennel Seed : 1tsp
Carom Seed : 1/2tsp
Dry Red Chilli : 5-6
Turmeric Powder : 1/4tsp
Salt : As Required
Mustard Oil : 50ml
INGREDIENTS : [for the phoolkopir bora]
Cauliflower : A medium sized
Rice Flour : 1medium cup
Refined Flour : 1/2small cup
Gram Flour : 1/2small cup
Turmeric Powder : 1/2tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1/2tsp
Coriander Leaves [chopped] : 1/2medium Cup
Green Chilli : 2[chopped]
Baking Powder : A pinch
Oil : 100-150ml to fry
For the pickle, peel, half and discard the seed of the mangoes. Chop into smaller pieces and wash. Heat 1tsp oil in a pan. Temper with mustard seeds. Add the chopped mangoes, turmeric powder and little salt. Cover and cook for few minutes at low heat till they are soft.
Add the sugar, stir and let it melt. Add little water and let cook till the water dries up. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.
Dry roast the cumin, coriander, fennel, carom, dry red chilli and grind to a coarse powder. Add to the pickle and mix well. Add the mustard oil.
Transfer to a jar and pour the mustard oil atop. Refrigerate but give it a sunbath whenever possible.
Enjoy with roti, paratha or any fries.
Let us do the phoolkopir bora now.
Cut the cauliflower into medium florets, wash and microwave adding water for 3-4 minutes. Discard the water and add salt to them and let marinate for few minutes.
Prepare the batter with the three flours, chopped coriander and green chillies, turmeric, red chilli and baking powder, salt. Add water little by little to get a paste like consistency.
Heat oil in a wok. Coat the florets well in the batter.
Fry at medium to low heat till all sides become brown and crisp.
Once done turn onto tissue papers. Serve hot with your choice of condiment, I served with the mango pickle this time.