“Dhabhu Vada kha …Dhabhu(darling girl) eat vada, have got them freshly made today please have some, they are good for you….”
When every I visited my grandmother (paternal) first thing she will ask me to eat the homemade snacks which were placed in huge containers on a snack table at her house and bajri vada was a regular item on that table. Enough snacks were made and put on the table to feed her 7 children, their spouses and their children in case the whole family walked in together any day.
I would fill my hands with the vadas and run to play. Then again she would call me give me her keys of her cub-board.
She had a white sturdy steel cub-board. The keys were give to me or any of her other grandkids to eat the dry fruits safely placed there. I still remember the smell of my grandmother’s cupboard, it smelled of dry fruits with a back smell of cinnamon, clove and elachi.
If I refused to eat the dry fruits she would ask again, insist and not leave me till I eat a hand full of them.
I still remember other than the dry fruits she had some neatly folded white sarees of hers and some money placed inside her sarees. That was it, that was all the treasure my grand mother had. This woman who had millions in her family , her cub-board spoke about her simplicity. I hope I can learn few things from her and simplify my life too.
After ages finally I realised home made vada’s, sev, puris and dry fruits were the best things I could eat for a fit body and glowing skin. All the pimple problems and the weight gain started when I stopped eating home cooked meals and got hooked on junk foods, colas and chocolates.
Now I am back to my roots and at 37 in a better shape and have better skin than I had during my teens.
I have 3-4 vadas as breakfast or as an evening snack. Bajri is great for winters, try them.
Sharing the recipe of Bajri Vada’s
RECIPE COURTESY : FROM THE KITCHEN OF SHANTA BA
1 cup bajri atta (pearl millet flour)
2 tbsp whole wheat flour
2 tbsp sour curd
1 green chilies finely grated
3 cloves of garlic finely grated
3 tsp white sesame seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp red chilli powder (can reduce according to taste)
1 tsp dhanna jeera (cumin coriander)powder
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt according to taste
Oil for frying
Take bajri atta in a mixing bowl.
To that add the wheat flour, green chilies, garlic, red chilies powder, turmeric powder, dhanna jeera powder, sugar and salt.
Mix all of this well, now add the sour curds and 2 tbsp of oil.
Now add water little by little and start kneading the dough. The dough should not be very soft. It should be slightly on the harder side.
Keep the dough aside for 30 mins.
Then make a small ball with some dough. Press it with the finger as making a tikki. Keep aside and do the same process for the rest of the dough.
Deep fry the flat round disks in medium hot oil.
Fry till golden brown and serve with tea.