Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Happy Father's Day DIY

When you are a younger daughter to your father – even a small stupid, inconsequential drawing of your father, mother and you with a little rainbow and a bright shinning sun on the left hand corner is sufficient for a father’s day present. Then you grow a little old – and you start buying a tie, his favourite perfume, a watch, a phone, depending upon how much money you were able to sqeeze from your mother, or your grand-mother. But it’s when you turn marriageable – nothing materialistic helps make father’s day a complete happy win-win day.

My old man of all but 51 years of age is a HITLER on most days. It doesn’t help that he is my boss and I am a very stubborn, persuasive, assertive, aggressive – depending on how you measure your degrees kind of a business development manager. To please my old man was very difficult up until 2 years ago. Each Sunday morning when I wake up late into the living room and throw myself on he couch – just wanting to read the paper and sip of some coffee – he has this strange idea that I should be cooking. It starts with “Beta, you should learn everything in life. Business is not everything.” And ends with “why don’t you prepare a whole meal today !”

So for my old man – I made up some easy to cook, difficult looking light snack and a drink for Father’s day.
Mango Magic
1/2 ripe mango, peeled and cut into chunks
1 cup orange juice
1 cup ice cubes, about 5 regular sized cubes
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons vanilla yogurt

8-10 potatoes boiled, peeled and mashed
2 tsps garlic paste
1 tsp ginger paste
3 green chillies
1/2 tsp tumeric powder
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
6-7 curry leaves
Salt to taste
Mash all the potatoes and add all the above ingredients in the bowl. Make small balls of it. Take a slice of bread, and carve out a round using a small bowl. Smash the potato balls in top of this round bread slice. and make decorations with slits of capcicums / carrot on top.
Take a shallow pan, and put some oil and shallow fry each of these pattie’s till they are golden brown. Serve while still hot.
Well, i served this to my daddie ... he was a happy soul. He didn’t know that the balls are actually vada –pav’s vada stuffing flattened on top of the bread slice ; ). They were left-overs from the previous day’s kitty party that mum threw for her building friends. Worked for me. A very happy daddie is the end result to this PROJECT !

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