Yes, I know, I have been a terrible hostess. Terribly busy. It’s nice to have time to flit about and smell the flowers. Just like this butterfly. Yet, she is also hard at work. So, here I am, working hard and making time for the party.
Thank you, all, for so graciously making the time for this quirky party. I know how busy all of you are. Once again the deep fried goodness claimed new territory and a good time was had. Indulgence with friends and family is at the heart of the party, not deep-frying necessarily. In fact, some of us here managed to deep fry with so little fat that the goodies ended up very much as health food on all scales!
There were traditional batata vadas, the fusion ones, and then the pop-culture guys and gals. Some thought certain versions to be almost verging on blasphemy, but like a happy family, we agreed to disagree. All very amicably, of course. There were the early risers, and those who arrived fashionably late… Essentially, the batata vadas seemed to have borrowed a little from the cooks, and developed distinct personalities of their own – the purist, the rebels, the naughty, the fastidous, the crazy, and the lazy (you’ll have to guess on your own, can’t link for all).
Take a look at the loaded table – and spot the different ones! It was a pleasure to have all of you over!
In the order of appearance:
Purva (Purva’s Vada Pav)
Cynthia (Potato Balls – from the Caribbean!)
Sheetal (Heirloom Batata Wada – her great grandmother’s recipe)
Laavanya (Potato Bonda – the Southie version)
Raaga (Potato Bonda – another Southie version)
Aparna (aloo-methi bonda and a grilled sandwich!)
Meera (Gujju Bateta Vada – Vada Pav)
Yours Truly (Batata Vada) – party-size recipe
Trickster Jai (Psychedelic Cocktail Bondas – chockful-of-health version, naturally – as if they could be healthier…)
Meera (Indori Alu Vada)
Bhagyashri (Batata Vada)
Anjali (Vada Sambar – imagine that!)
Shilpa (soya batata vada – another one who loved Jai’s frying trick)
Manasi (Batata Wada)
Meeta (Vada Pav, in a matter of speaking :D )
Manisha (self-proclaimed authentic-Bombay Batata Vada) and a lecture
Priya (used her appam pan to make Party Pavs)
Pel (Aloo Bonda sandwiches)
Indosungod (Potato Bonda)
Musical’s Batata Vada
Thank you, all, for making this another memorable Mad Tea Party. Who would have thunk there could be so many kinds of batata vadas?! And more than one way to fry!
PS: This has been in the drafts for a few days… Too many things this past weekend – in addition to the usual suspects there was shopping, feasting, celebrating, and a longish visit to the ER for good measure (the little nephew is doing fine now). All’s well that ends in a Party!