Mothers and pampering go hand in hand, don't they? These 3 days that I spent at home were marvellous. I just ate and ate whatever was placed before me. I also made Eggless French Toast and the Mango Sandesh. So, it wasn't all eating and no cooking.
But the thing that I find most amazing about Amma is how organized she is. She always has ingredients ready. Boiled potatoes, mixed vegetables, chapati dough, dosa batter, different pastes, preserves, etc. Years of running a family while holding a full time job must have made her this way. She has been making preserves and pastes much before they landed on supermarket shelves... wait... before supermarkets themselves landed in India.
I have really never been a "meals" person. I like my proper thali every once in a while. But I can neither be bothered to make it nor eat it. So, sandwiches, soups, stuffed parathas, kalanda saadam (variety rice!!) all work very well for me. This time, Amma and I were chatting and before we knew it, it was past 11. She got up and said, "Would you like some aloo tikkis?" First I said, "Don't bother", but she asked again. And I said OK. It was kind of like a midnight treat for mother and daughter.
4 Potatoes, boiled and mashed
1 tsp Chilli Paste
1 tsp Ginger Paste
1/4 cup Coriander, chopped
2 slices of bread
Salt to Taste
Oil for frying
Soak the slices of bread in water for a couple of minutes and squeeze the water out.
Mix the potatoes, chilli and ginger pastes, coriander and salt. Add the bread slices. Form small balls using this mixture and flatten them a little.
Heat the oil in a kadhai and deep fry the tikkis until they turn golden brown on both sides. Drain on absorbent paper and enjoy them with tomato sauce.