Archive for November 2012

Taro Fritters

November 29, 2012

Taro (gaderi) Fritters

1 taro root, peeled and washed
1/4 cup besan (chickpea flour)
1/4 cup rice flour
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt and a generous pinch of baking powder
Vegetable oil for deep-frying

1) Pat dry excess moisture from peeled taro (gaderi). Slice taro root as thinly as possible, yielding about 25 to 30 slices and set aside.
2) Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and add a little water at a time to make a smooth batter. Add more chickpea flour or water to achieve the right consistency of the batter. Set aside.
3) In a large cast-iron skillet or preferably high-sided pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Dip one slice at a time into prepared batter coating completely and shake off excess batter. Fry, a few at a time, 20 to 30 seconds each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and repeat the process until all the slices are deep- fried. Serve warm.

Note: Taro is one of the tubers used like potato and has many varieties. See one of my posts dated August 19, 2012.

Coriander

November 26, 2012

Coriander (hara dhania) is one of the herbs used in practically every savory dish in India. Being an avid gardener, I started growing it indoors over three decades ago but it didn’t do well. Today, thanks to my tiny backyard garden, it not only gives me immense pleasure but also feeds all five senses regardless of the challenges I face living with SCI. Coriander and many green leafy vegetables do well during autumn or in spring to early summer until it starts setting seeds. See my earlier posts of August 19, 2010, March 31 and Sept 25, 2012.

With winter approaching, I dread the physical hardship of the cold season with SCI challenges. With shorter daylight and the feeling of being cooped indoors, the company of full of life plant feeds all my senses. With a little bit of effort, though, I can preserve some of the greenery by bringing plants indoors. Below I have displayed one of the coriander pictures that did particularly well in my garden this fall.

Happy Diwali (Deepavali)!

November 12, 2012

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous Deepavali!