And this year for some reason... Pirate costumes.
Can't have an Oscar party without workin' the jools!
There are also a lot of different varities of vadai made of various combos of lentils and vegetables and spices as I've discovered. I orginally made them as one of the dishes for my January 24 x 24 dinner party for Foodbuzz and I'm going to keep making them because I freakin' love them! They're for sure penciled in on the menu for my birthday party this month, and because they can be made ahead and then kept warm in the oven until you're ready for them, they are perfect, ideal, and tasty party-ready finger food. They're also easy. All you need are a bag of lentils, water, some vegetables and a food processor.
Here's what to do:
In a large bowl mix:
1 cup of urad dal with 2 cups of water. Let it soak for 2 hours, then drain it well.
4 green chilies
Salt to taste and grind it all up until it turns into a thick batter.
Put the batter in a bowl.
Now toss 1/2 cup of chopped cabbage into the food processor and grind up along with:
1 large onion
1 bunch of cilantro
2 Tbs of peas.
Cooking The Vada:
In a large skillet or kadhai, heat enough vegetable oil for deep-frying. Of course if you have a Fry Baby you're all set, but I haven't gone there... yet.
When the oil is nice and hot, put a small amount of water in a bowl. This is used to keep the fingers moist while shaping the vada.
Scoop a bit of dough out and shape it into a ball and poke a finger through it to make a hole. The vada should resemble a small donut. Slip the vada dough into the hot hot hot oil (carefully) and let it crisp up and brown to deliciousness.
These babys disappeared fast. The recipe I've given you makes about 15 or 20 and I doubled it for last night's do. We had 10 people and there were no left overs. Terri made some insanely fabulous cookies, a recipe which I'll be sharing with you soon. One featuring amazing Indian spices!! I ate 4 of them.
Eight Below would be nominated every year.
International Indian Film Academy Awards are going to be held in June and there's got to be a way to watch that. I did get to see an excellent film that India submitted as their entry in the Best Foreign Film category this year. It's called Peepli Live. It didn't make the final 5 (many great films didn't) but it's terrific!
Coming up next, more vegetarian delights for Meatless Monday and beyond, you can follow me on my Twitter page @kathygori