This is a food post - I just had to brag. :)
We were sort of hungry around chai-time today, and felt like eating something interesting. So I made what I will call "bite-sized corn cilantro fritters".
It was a random experiment loosely inspired by these corn patties we used to get at the fresh food section of the Atlanta whole foods. And I was happily surprised when they came out really well!
Best thing was that they were all ready within around 20 minutes!
Ingredients (to make around 20 of these) -
a handful of frozen corn
half an onion chopped very fine
a generous amount of chopped cilantro
one scallion chopped fine
besan (gram flour) and rice flour in equal quantities (about 2 spoons each)
bread crumbs (about 1.5 spoons)
a pinch of baking powder
salt, chili powder, asafoetida, pepper to taste
I mixed all the ingredients in dry form (with enough flour to just about coat the rest of the stuff), and added water so that the mixture still remained pretty thick.
I didn't want to deep-fry them, so I used this thing that my mother brought for me from India - sorry, I don't know its name, but you can see what it looks like from the picture.
I used a drop of oil in each cup and dropped half a spoon-full of the mixture into each. Then I drizzled a few more drops of oil around each of them. Covered and let them cook. In a couple of minutes I turned them over, pressed them down and added a couple more drops of oil. Let them cook for a few more minutes till both sides were golden brown.
That was it! They tasted really good, and were gone too soon.