If I stand outside a married couple's window, I might get lucky. OK, that made me sound like Palakan, the peeping tom in my village who struck fear and disgust in the hearts of many young women, and who also served as a boxing bag to many young men. But I don't belong to the same genre as him, I assure you. Having nursed a burning desire for a high end phone for sometime now, I am simply hoping to catch an iPhone that a frustrated wife throws out because she feels the phone gets more attention than she does.
"Truly, I tell you. Technology is the enemy of marriage." (Seriously, a friend said this!)
"I gave him an ultimatum. Either me or the phone. Guess what he chose."
"WhatsApp kandu pidichavanne kitiyaal, avante thala manda adichu pottikaam." (I'll break the skull of whoever founded Whatsapp.)
"I decided to give him the silent treatment. And you know what, he didn't even notice."
His idea of babysitting is dumping the kids before the TV while he plays a game online. He bursts out laughing every now and then looking at that wretched thing in his hand but he doesn't bother to share the joke with her. He is engrossed in it even at the dining table where he pays no attention to what she has cooked but dutifully likes the food experiments of random strangers on FB. He doesn't take her out even to the grocery store because, 'di, I'll buy everything online for you on big basket'. She finds out what's happening in his life by going through his messages and status updates while he is asleep.
He doesn't even pretend to listen to her anymore because the phone has created for him a whole new private world of which she isn't a part.
Of course, some ladies have caught up and have gone online with their partners. So, she takes a pic of her famous fish curry and posts it from her kitchen. The picture travels all over the net and beep, is on his mobile phone in the living room. Looks delicious, he comments. She replies with a smiley face. And not just him, a whole lot of other people like it too. Guess the internet does bring everyone closer together!
So for all you ladies who are simply bored and looking for something fun to do and post about, I have just the right recipe. These potato chops are mashed potato with spices and chilies, coated in gram flour batter and deep fried to spicy deliciousness. Reduce the kick in it and even the kids are going to love it.
Potato Chops Recipe
Adapted from Vanitha (Lekshmi Nair Recipe)
You will need:
2 large potatoes, cooked and mashed with hands or a fork
2 green chilies, finely chopped (or as per tolerance)
1 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
3/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
To taste, salt
Oil, to deep fry
For the besan coating
1 cup gram flour (besan)
1/2 to 3/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
3/4 teaspoon red chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix together the mashed potato, green chilies, ginger, turmeric powder and garam masala. Adjust seasoning. Shape into rounds about 5 cm in diameter and 1 cm thick.
For the coating, mix together gram flour, turmeric powder, chili powder, salt and slowly whisk in water to form a smooth batter. The batter should be a little thick but have pouring consistency.
Heat oil in a wok over medium high. Dip each potato ball into the batter and drop carefully into the hot oil. Fry till golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon and serve hot.
I served the potato chops with this cooling yoghurt and tamarind dip. It tastes great with tomato sauce or this coriander chutney as well.
Yoghurt and Tamarind Dip
Mix together half cup of yoghurt with a scant tablespoon of tamarind syrup, scant teaspoon of sugar and salt to taste.
~ I cooked the potatoes in a pressure cooker. Two whistles should be enough.
~ Do not use a potato ricer to mash the potatoes.
~ Use the cooked potatoes on the same or the next day itself to make chops.
~ Add in finely chopped herbs of choice for extra flavour.