Kitchen Faux Pas and the case of Spinach and Cauliflower Uttapam

Dear Didi and Daibi,

So it has been a year or more that we have touched this blog. Niloy says, google must have archived it because we have not updated it for a while…but I still found it on the first page of google which is not bad, right?!

So to start things again on this blog I thought I will share a simple recipe, which is a healthy take on a traditional recipe. Although I must say in my relentless efforts to cook healthy stuff I have ended up in quiet a few Faux Pas moments!  For instance, once I made apple muffins with super tiny amount of sugar. Once they were done and we tasted them, Niloy and I thought it needed more sweetness. So I decided to sprinkle them with some sugar granules. In Australia, the sugar and salt look very similar as they have almost the same size of granules. And at that time I had both sugar and salt in identical jars. So instead of sugar, I sprinkled the muffins with salt!! Niloy was to take them to office and I, with all my pride told him, “here are my lovely sugar kissed apple muffins for your colleagues!!” Later he called and told me that although everyone loved the muffins, some people commented, did your wife use salted butter? 😛 And I realised my mistake!!! hahhahahahha…super funny!!

Then there was another time when I added parsnips and carrot in a sabudana khichdi. Some friends said that was sacrilege! Niloy has still not forgiven me for that!! Be it poha or maggi, I keep adding peas, corn, beans and carrots to everything possible and get kolkata style ‘cholbe na’ type protests from Niloy too! But I continue my journey of healthy cooking.

So this morning I made Spinach and Cauliflower uttapam from an Adai batter. 2015-09-03 14.53.01

Traditionally adai is made with rice+chana daal+toor daal+urad daal+moong daal. Its a great source of iron, protein and some say even vitamins. I make it according to the daal collection that I have at home then.  Last week I made a big batch of batter with half cup each of toor daal, green moong, urad daal, masoor daal and 2 cups of brown rice (major dose of roughage!). I also add a few fenugreek seeds and a tsp of cumin seeds to this. As I was using brown rice instead of normal white rice, I soaked it separately for a half a day extra and then added it to the rest to soak the pulses+rice mix overnight. Once soaked and the batter is ready, I leave it outside to ferment for almost 1.5 days coz the weather here in Melbourne (specially winters) is really not conducive for fermentation.

When the batter is well fermented, I divide it into 2-3 portions. By doing so I can add different things to each to make a variety of things such as dosa or uttapam or even idli. For example in one portion, I would add ragi powder to make crispy dosas and in another I could semolina to make uttapam or rava dosa depending on the mood. Really, these batters are so versatile that you can make anything and everything from them!

Today I had one portion of the batter left and decided to add chopped salt, spinach, green chillies and onions to it. Then I remembered that we had grated cauliflower in the fridge – so that went on the top of the uttapam too! While the bottom side is sizzling on the pan, gently press the cauliflower and then flip it over with a few drops of oil.

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Honestly they turned out really nice. For someone like me who loves the aroma of fried cauliflower, this was divine!

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You can really add anything in these batters..apart from capsicum and carrots that are normally used, I think sweet potato or pumpkin puree, cabbage, beetroot, or even bottle gourd (lauki) would go really well with it! Just adjust the consistency according to the vegetable you add and if its too runny, 1-2 tbsp of ragi powder would hold it all together. Didi, am sure Rizi would love to eat his vegetables in this form. What say? 🙂 Am sure some more healthy people would add flax-seed or quinoa, but I think I will refrain from adding these as too many healthy things together may be a bit heavy for the stomach, right? 😛

So you see, there are some hits and some misses in my kitchen, but I think that is what makes food so exciting!! Isn’t it?

Tell me what you guys think about this and seriously, let’s start writing again instead of only gorging on everything we create!!

With love and hugs,

Dakhina

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