I am brain dead. My brain had been trying to assimilate Malayalam serials for the past few months, and it finally gave up. Blew a fuse, pulled the plug, hit the bucket, just like that.
How does serial watching affect your mental health??
When the writer is out of ideas, the following is a twist employed in almost all serials. The sobbing ladies (they are the good people, remember) are chased through forests and deserts in the dead of the night throughout the length of one episode. In the next episode, they are finally caught (because they couldn't stay put in their hiding place) and are abused and insulted. In the third installment, they are torn apart with knives, drowned in the sea, burnt alive or force fed poison. While the viewers mourn in grief and hurl insults at the perpetrator of these heinous crimes, the lead character wakes up from her dream, sweat glistening all over her. Thus assuring all of us that the serial is not going to end anytime soon.
The twists and turns hold the female audience captive from 6 to 10 in the evening. The men surreptitiously peek at the tv screen from behind their newspapers and big, fat books. Everyone says that there is no bigger nonsense than these shows, but no one has the courage to turn it off. The show goes on...and on...and on.
But in between, we do find gaps (to wipe those tears and catch our breath) in the form of cookery programs and the not so dramatic reality shows. The sausage bites I have here is based on a recipe from one such show on Asianet.
1 cup sausages, divided in half lengthwise
Oil, to deep fry
To make batter
1/4 cup each of plain flour and cornflour
1/2 teaspoon soya sauce
A pinch of sugar
To taste, salt
As required, water
To make sauce
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 cup cashewnuts, broken
4 tablespoons onions, chopped
1/4 cup capsicum, cubed
1/2 tablespoon each of ginger and garlic, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
1 teaspoon red chili powder
1 tablespoon spring onion greens
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 tablespoon green chili sauce
1 teaspoon soya sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup water
To taste, salt
Mix together all ingredients for batter with sufficient water. The batter needs to thin. Coat the sausages with the batter and deep fry till golden brown.
To make the sauce, heat oil in a non stick pan. Saute onion, ginger and garlic for 4-5 minutes over low heat till onion has turned translucent. Add cashewnuts and fry for one more minute. Next, the chili powder, spring onions, capsicum, tomato sauce, chili sauce and soya sauce need to be mixed in. Pour in water and bring to boil. Add fried sausages and mix well. Add sugar. Do a taste test and season with salt and pepper as required.
Roll them into rotis with some cheese for a quick lunch.
I need to go now. Time for Kumkumapoov!