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5 May, 2017

Sabudana khichri, Paneer bites for mother’s day brunch: Vegetarian, GF

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There  was  a  time  when  ‘my  mother  knew  everything’.  Then  came  the  time  when  I  locked  horns  with  her.  As  time  passed  and  I  had  my  family,  she  happily  gave  me  a  hand  with  babysitting   my  children,  answering  long  distance  calls  with  a  recipe  that  I  was  struggling  with,  home  remedies  or  guided  me  regarding   the  adequate  amount  of  sunlight  for  Petunias.

 

Things  are  not  the  same  as  before.  Osteoporosis  has  claimed  a  few  inches  from  my  mum’s  four  feet  eleven  frame.  Hunched  over  supporting  herself  with  a  walking  stick  she  often  calls  me  by  my  sister’s  name.  Outings  for  her  are  mostly  to  doctor’s  or  physiotherapist’s.  Her  brand  new  steel  right  knee  has  raised  her  confidence  in  taking  those  few  steps.

 

Although  I  call  her  Ma,  she  has  become  a  child  now.  ‘Namte  parbo?’,  Can  I  climb  down,  she  will  ask  me,  when  facing  a  step,  just  one.  Yes  of  course  I  reassure  her.  Ok  on  the  count  of  three.  ‘One,  two’,  I  count  holding  her  hand,  ‘three’ ,  there  you  did  it  Ma.  I  faintly  recollect  those  days  when  she  would  be  the  one  counting  for  me.  Where  did  the  time  go?

 

I  did  a  little  brunch  for  my  octagenarian  mum  for  Mother’s  day.  Time  is  always  precious  but  now  I  realize  it  everyday.

To  all  the  mums,  would  be  mums  out  there  have  a  wonderful  Mother’s  day.

Recipe:

Sabudana  khichri  ( Tapioca  pearls  risotto );

Ingredients:

Sabudana                                                              2  cups

Potato                                                                      1  medium  cut  in  small  pieces

Peanuts                                                                    11/2  cup

Cumin  seeds                                                          1  tsp

Lemon  juice                                                             1  Tbsp

Salt  to  taste

Green  chilli                                                               2  thinly  sliced,  optional

Cilantro                                                                     1/2  cup,  thinly  sliced

Cooking  oil                                                              1  Tbsp

Sugar                                                                            1  tsp

Method;

Wash  and  soak  the  Sabudana  in  water  for  few  hours  or  overnight.

Drain  the  water  out,  add  the  salt,  sugar,  lemon  juice.

Take  oil  in  a  non  stick  pan  on  medium  heat,  add  the  cumin  seeds  and  chillies  if  using.  Wait  for  the  cumin  seeds  to  turn  light  brown,  add  half  the  peanuts.  As  soon  it  gets  a  bit  of  colour  add  the  potato  pieces.  Cover  and  cook  for  a  few  minutes  till  the  potatoes  are  done.

Roast  and  coarsely  ground  rest  of  the  peanuts.   Throw  the  Sabudana  mix  in.  Add  the  ground  peanuts.

Toss  a  few  times.  The  pearls  turn  translucent  when  done.  Cover  and  wait  for  another  few  times.  Garnish  with  cilantro  and  enjoy  warm.

Paneer  bites:

Recipe;

          Ingredients;

Store  bought  paneer                                                 400  gms  packet

Olive  oil                                                                              1  tbsp

Pistachio  slivers                                                            1  tsp

Pomegranate  seeds                                                     1  tsp

Tamarind  chutney                                                         1  tbsp

Cooking  oil                                                                         1  tbsp

Salt  to  taste

Method;

Fry  the  paneer  cubes  with  cooking  oil  on  medium  heat,  till  they  are  light  brown  colour.  Collect  them  on  paper  towel.  Take  a  bowl  of  hot  salted  water,  throw  the  paneer  pieces  in  for  half  a  minute,  drain  the  water  out.  If  you  like  the  paneer  crisp,  skip  this  step.

In  a  separate  bowl  take  the  oilve  oil.  Mix  the tamarind  chutney,  pistachio  pieces,  pomegranate  seeds.  Whisk  together.   Pour  this  over  the  paneer   pieces.

Inside  scoop:

Tamarind  chutney  recipe  can  be  found  here.

Sabudana  is  known  as  Tapioca  pearls.  It  can  be  found  in  the  Indian  grocery  store.

 

4s COMMENTS

4 thoughts on : Sabudana khichri, Paneer bites for mother’s day brunch: Vegetarian, GF

  • May 23, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Beautiful post Ratna. Brought tears to my eyes. My Mum is pretty much the same. Can’t believe she was the tough one, a few years ago. Your recipe is absolutely gorgeous too. I can imagine Mums enjoying every morsel of this.

    • Ratna
      May 24, 2017 at 3:09 am

      Aww, thanks for your kind words Sonali. Mums are same everywhere, aren’t they. Hope you had a wonderful mother’s day.

  • Ratna
    May 5, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Aw, Isn’t that the truth Ev! So often we take things for granted. I do count my blessings. You have an awesome mother’s day too.

  • Ev
    May 5, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Such a beautiful story Ratna, and so true, time is precious so enjoy every moment you can with your Mother. Consider it a blessing that you can look after her, as she did for you for so many years. Big long distance hugs to you and your Mum, and have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

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