Wednesday, September 12, 2007


As I walked along the 1 km stretch of the jogging path of the lush green Sports Complex, my mind was busy thinking up something for tomorrow's tiffin. I had to leave early morning with Dad for his test, & wouldnt have the time to cook something then. And honestly, my fridge was empty, except tomatoes, & I hadnt had the time to stock up my grocery, so there's nothing except daal. Cooking chole or rajma would again take a long time & I really would be tired to do all that after 8 more rounds of this ground!!! And not just that, come what may, I absolutely needed to make that trip to the grocery store, coz I am already running out of stuff at home.

I thunk & I thunk!! All I had some Soya nuggets. No matar, so couldnt make soya-peas subzi. Was not in the mood for the soya stirfry subzi, it is too dry for office lunch. What could I do.........?? Didnt have the heart to tell "patidev" to have lunch from outside.....I was churning up things in my mind & finally came down to the below, & let me add, the beautiful wind help me do so.

Ing for the Kofta
2 cups - soya nuggets
green chillies - according to taste
1 onion - chopped finely
1 potato - boiled & mashed
1/2 tsp - garam masala
2 slices of bread
1/4 cup - aata
salt to taste

Ing for the gravy
2 onions - pureed
3 tomoatoes - pureed
1/2 tsp - jeera
a pinch of hing
1 tsp - garam masala
1/2 tsp - haldi
2 tsp - dhaniya powder
1 tsp - red chilli powder

Method for the kofta
Soak the nuggets in water for about 10 minutes.
Grind them in the blender along with some green chillies
Take them out in a dish & add the salt, boiled potatoes & onions
Soak the bread slices & squeeze out the water (pls squeeze the water out well) & add this pulp to the mixture
In a kadai, heat oil
Make a paste of the atta, water & some salt. It should have dosa batter consistency.
Make balls of the mixture & dip them in this batter & fry till golden brown
Remove on tissue paper to drain extra oil.

Method of the gravy
In a kadai, heat some oil.
Add the jeera & hing. Let sputter.
Add the onion paste, add a pinch of salt.
When fried well, add the tomato paste.
When this is also done well, add the garam masala, haldi, chilli powder, salt & dhaniya powder.
Fry well till oil separates.
Add some water & let boil
Add the koftas before serving.

To save myself time - I did the gravy & the koftas simultaneously.

All in all, it turned out quite well.


Cynthia said...

I see that the "thunking" paid off deliciously :)

Shella said...

It pays sometimes to be thunkful!!! Hope our English teachers never discover this blog & read the language here!!

Seena said...

Good one Shella..

Lissie said...

nice recipe, shella! soya is really good stuff.

Shella said...

Seena - thanks.
Lissie - Yes i include quite a bit of soya in our diet.