In the days when I started cooking, it was more like experimenting. My grandma eyeballs her ingredients, so is my mom. They are really good at it , though I needed a more reliable cooking steps to begin with. Mallika Badrinath’s cookery show got in my watch list slowly. Her recipes were precise and since then, I learnt the importance of measuring for beginners. Though the individual taste varies, atleast they can guide you in the happy medium, after which you can fine tune the measures.
Even after a decade of cooking , I still preserve the cooking books as precious little companions in my kitchen. Here is the first book my hubby gifted me , with a little poem on the first page.
செய்திடல் வேண்டும் – நல்ல சமையல் ,
அதில் கொள்ள வேண்டும் நல்ல மையல் ,
நளபாக நல்லாளாய் வாழ்ந்திட வேண்டும் என் தையல் !
Urad dall – 1cup
Toor dall – 1/4 cup
Coconut flakes or chopped coconut- 1 tbsp
Chopped coriander leaves
Grated carrot – 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds – 1 1/2 tsp
Green chillies – 5 numbers
Grated ginger – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste
(Picture courtesy : My Dear Daughter)
Soak the dalls together for 2 hours. Strain the dalls and grind them in wet grinder , sprinkling just enough water to a ‘vadamavu’ consistency- It should be super smooth fluffy but not a runny sort. Add salt, just one minute before you take the dough out. Add the grated ginger, chopped deveined chillies, coriander, coconut flakes, grated carrot and cumin seeds.
Heat oil in a vessel and let the oil be deep enough to deep fry the bondas. The right amount of oil and right temperature is the key to perfect round grease-less bondas. The oil should be hot enough such that , if you drop a small ball of dough in it , it should rise to the top.
Once the oil is hot enough, wet your fingers and scoop the dough , drop to the sides of the vessel. Do not over crowd the batches. Turn the bondas carefully till they are well cooked. Drain the excess oil on a paper towel and serve hot with coconut chutney/ mint chutney/ ketchup .
Have a healthy evening snack !