Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Vada Pav





Dark clouds were moving quickly...darkening the little day light that we had. As the thunder roared and the rain poured, I stood by the patio door ...looking outside at the drenched chair, yearning for an evening under the bright summer skies, with fireflies and stars....shining ever so bright. My eyes fell on the little droplets that were trickling down...almost slipping away to the floor ....I saw the reflection of the dull evening light on the drops.....each of them almost lit up against the dark, dull backdrop....!! This moment was so beautiful.....am always thinking of the next step, the next thing on my list....am living in tomorrow....! This moment, really made me think ....made me stop, take a deep breath. I don't know how long I stood there...it felt energized and relaxed...! 

I had to take some shots of the beautiful evening. It has been an exciting fortnight. Me and my camera have been inseparable, literally! Everyday I am learning something new and just when I think I have created a beautiful work of art...I wait for a day and go back and revisit my photograph and I can see the flaw or the shortcoming in it, definitely developing an eye for detail. 

 Neel's 30 days food photography challenge has been FUN. It's fun to work and interact with people who share the same passion. It's amazing how none of us have seen each other and we come from different parts of the globe and we bond so well... Thanks Neel, for making this happen, and yes we do get homework...every day! But, it's not like school ...this kind of homework am willing to do 365 days not just 30. Am sure all my friends at the challenge will agree with me. If you want to explore LFP - here is the link for google plus. Am sharing today our lesson about lighting. Shooting with different light helped me learn about the relationship between textures and light and mood and light. The pix below is the same subject with different lighting. You can see, how lighting changes the mood, texture and meaning of the food.




On a beautifully nippy evening like this day...my palette was yearning for a spicy, deep fried meal...my brain did a quick scan of all the possibilities and.... before I knew it, I was cooking the potatoes and chopping the onions. Bitting into the crispy, spicy, juicy vada-pav with the pitter-patter of rain outside, a moment to live for. I guess you don't need a whole lot to enjoy the finer moments of life...!

For the filling 

4-5 big potatoes boiled, pealed and mashed
1 medium onion finely chopped
2-3 green chilies
6-8 garlic cloves
handful of cilantro finely chopped
1 tbsp kasturi methi

Spice blend  

1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp asafetida
salt to taste

Mix all the above ingredients and keep aside.

For the batter

1/4 cup besan/gram flour
2 tbsp rice flour
pinch of baking soda

spice blend

salt
paprika powder
all of the above to taste

Mix the batter in water, till it is a little runnier than cake batter consistency.

In a pan, heat oil to fry or use a deep fryer. make bite size balls from the potato mix and coat them in the batter by dunking then in it. Release in the hot oil slowly and watch them transform into absolutely deliciousness.

Slit a dinner roll/bun in the middle, add the vada-pav powder. I did not make the powder, but used the store bought ones....trust me it is really good and worth the drive to the Indian grocery store. If you want add some nice spicy chutney - recipe here. I like mine just with the dry powder and ....what are you waiting for dig into it :)

Before I forget, thanks to all of you who voted for me for Wholesome Harvest photography contest, so excited to win that and here is the picture again :))) thxs guys !!



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