mostly about food and cooking, but also the stories about the Bread and the Butterflies!

…in the time of Mad Parties

In Tea Party on September 8, 2008 at 11:06 pm

Butterfly in my garden
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)
Farzana Anjum
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 😀 )
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!

  1. so sorry to hear about your little nephew. is he the one who refused to eat your batata vadas? that was a bad omen. glad all’s well now.

    Keep my batata vadas out of this!
    Does jai know you didn’t really like his batata vadas? That you only let him think that you did?

  2. No. I am the one who refused to eat her batata vadas. I’m still hale and hearty. He must have eaten them.

    I’m sending the rolling pin – you know what to do.

  3. lol, manisha. yeah, j knows. he got the crust. i just ate the insides. the asti made them taste better, somehow.

  4. Hey Anita, glad to know that your nephew is feeling better now. Thanks a ton for hosting the party, dear!


  5. Ok,so the party’s finally over.:(
    Was good fun. Will there be another one?
    Good to know the little one is fine.

  6. So done with the parties and so sorry to hear about the lilttle one

  7. Can’t wait for the next party. I’ve bookmarked this round-up so that I can try the variations.

  8. 22 is a good number; very Jewish like your bagelses. I’m glad to hear the little nephew is doing better- sounds like there was much, besides vadas, on your plate last weekend! Now…take a break to run after TLO.

  9. Very glad to know the little one is fine now. Thanks much for hosting this party 😀 looking forward to many more!

    I have added you to my blog roll, hope that’s okay. (Very sheepish face) should have asked before I added ya! please do let me know …

  10. Waaa … I missed it 😦 And I could totally use some vadas right now.

    I’m totally fascinated by that butterfly – was she flitting around in your garden? Seems like it is so hard to see too many butterflies around, am glad you set sight on her.

  11. […] we all fried poori and served it with potato bhaji.  For the Second Party we chose to share our deep fried love with batata vada in its many avatars.  For this Third Edition, I am thinking we should address some of  […]

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