Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sausage Bites


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??

Malayalam soaps subject the brain to extremes. The onscreen women are either epitomes of the Bharatiya Naari; the perfect daughter, wife and mother. Women who wear subdued makeup, only the revered thaali mala as jewellery, drape simple cotton sarees, cook and clean 24x7, and cry buckets and buckets of tears. Or they are women from the other end of the spectrum; the ultra rich daayans and yakshis who use bright red lipstick, flashy clothes and subject the aforementioned bharatiya naari to extreme torture and cruelty. They refuse to cook, bear children, respect in laws and their husbands are either hen pecked, spineless men or men who give up trying to tame them into the woman of their dreams (the woman of the their dreams being the aforementioned bharatiya naari) and leave them for good, much to the delight of the ladies and their like minded mothers.

The channels promise mega serials but they prove to be more of mega tsunamis that wipe out every bit of reasoning ability and logic that the brain stores. Can you explain how all mortals and immortals are aware of Chinu's parentage except her own parents? How is Meera's Achen able to video chat with her even though he has been kidnapped by the most crafty criminal in the state?Why doesn't Jithan come clean about why he abandoned his pregnant girlfriend, Jayanthi? Why does Shalini (Jayanthi's illegitimate daughter) who is currently suffering from a speech problem try to warn Mahesh about his dangerous wife (who is her sister, but she doesn't know that) when he is in the bathroom taking a long, long bath? Had she done it while he was with her, the warning note wouldn't have fallen into Amala's (the dangerous lady's) hands and Shalini needn't have suffered as a result. (Never thought I would write something as senseless and twisted as that ever in my life.)

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.

You can't even sue these people for the way they play with our minds. Because they give you ample warning before a major heart wrenching twist is expected in the story. Does this sound familiar, "Lokam embadomulla malayali ammamarude sradhakaayi ......karayarude...." (Attention malayali "mothers" all over the world...Do not cry...)

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.

Sausage Bites

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 egg
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!



  1. i totally agree...but am happy that i have never seen my mom before serials....when i see the ads....unbelievable...its like some live show from someone's....
    About your post....wonderful as always and awsome clicks....i will be happy if you would drop by my space when you have time - thank you

  2. Incredibly delicious and beautiful photography!
    Passing here to say hello! :)

  3. hahaha i liked the last line..lol
    i complain to my husband about all these mallu serials being dramatic and this and that and i sit and watch desperate housewives and brothers and sisters and stuff like that which are serials again and dramatic in their own way..so he says i have double standards :) ;) :)
    sausage bites sound like a great idea..for snacking

  4. Serials are long gone from my life but such a delicious sausage recipe is what I am enjoying now. Lovely and like how its stuffed into the roti.

  5. Never seen Malayali serials but know the general trend of Hindi serials and how irritating they can be. But you are not brain dead, at least thats what the pictures prove. Love the styling! And the recipe sounds really good. Pinning it!

  6. A part of my brain dies every time Kumkumapoovu comes on.Our Chechi is so addicted to it, me and S see a twist and rejoice thinking it must be getting over - only to find some new even more meaningless twist.Esp that last part of it where the warning is shown is so hilarious!

  7. yummy pictures of a delicious dish

  8. Hi, you have some wonderful recipes in your space here, just came across it today, i know you don't need any suggestions from a stranger, but, i guess the black background template strains the eye a lot.. a more whiter space would make reading the page much more easier and enjoyable :).. white text on black is usually something that makes readibility a lil difficult :) .. you could delete this comment once you've read it..
    -- from an ex-googler

    1. Thanks for the suggestion Anonymous. I got this suggestion before, and I attempted trying it out. Then, I realized I have to change the font colour etc etc and felt too lazy to go through it ;). I will definitely attempt it once more and see how it looks.

  9. I was super hesitant to post that comment, wondering how you would take it, but am so glad you were not offended, i feel lighter now :)but the fact is that i liked your recipes & photographs(outstanding!) so much that i wanted to keep coming back to ur blog(already doing that!)..i gather from some of ur posts that you are from kottayam(me too!)..will stop elongating this comment further(i suffer from not being able to type shorter/crisper msgs!).. thanks for being such a positive soul!


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