Last year, on the first blogversary of A Mad Tea Party, I got rambling on the matter of food and diet. As I had wished, it did get a life of its own and we did stray into other things…with food as a point of beginning. There was fun and trickery, food and drink, and periodic indulgences. But you know and I know that this blog would not be A Mad Tea Party without the jabberwocks and their nonsense prose (or verse sometimes!). They get the party going…way off-track on most occasions! I hope you will all join in the madness and indulge me again this year.
Last year we had a table loaded with poori-bhaji. And this year by popular choice (and because Bee loves them so…), I have decided the time has come to fry batata-vada. Batter fried spiced mashed potato balls – that’s batata vada deconstructed for you. It is not just any street-food. As vada pav it is so much more! Almost the essence of Bombay – containing within it the struggle for survival in the city of dreams.
The rules are simple:
- Cook batata-vada from now into next month (last date Aug 24) write a post about it (with or without a recipe ), how you enjoyed it, maybe a picture of the meal and/or the family enjoying the meal. (Old posts don’t count!)
- Too hot to fry? Go out and get some! The portion will be right, and you don’t have to fry ‘nothing’! Write a post about it, and how you really enjoyed it!
- Link to this post. You may, if you like, use a Pingback and it will automatically show up in the comments here. Or leave a comment here which will lead us to your post!
- Don’t have a blog? You can still join the party; just leave a comment here about how you enjoyed your batata-vada! Feel free to provide links to any pictures you may have posted on a photo-sharing site such as Flickr or Photobucket. I will include your name in the list of those who participated!
NOTE: It has to be strictly batata vada or a variation of it (such as aloo bonda). No other vada qualifies for the party! Basically, batter fried spiced mashed potatoes only. How you serve them, is up to you. You are free to cook up whatever else you want for The Party as long as you bring batata vada!
If a health condition prevents you from enjoying this food, we understand. Responsible cooking and eating comes first. Always.
It is also India’s Independence Day on August 15. Another reason to celebrate! I hope all of you (Indians as well as those of other nationalities) will join in! I will write a post in the last week of Aug with my version of batata-vada, and a roundup!
To get you started, here is Shilpa’s recipe (read through the comments for suggestions on variations as well as accompanying chutneys). Here’s another. In our house this coconut-coriander chutney is a must! Did you know there is a sweet version of aloo bonda? Apparently there is!
Looking forward to some deep-fried food from all of you! Read the posts from last year to get the preamble on how we got deep-frying! Neroli and her guys captured and expressed the spirit behind this event so eloquently last time. I hope she can find the time this year as well.