We got a whole lot of snow on Friday & Saturday and it was upto 30 inches Saturday evening. While I stocked up on groceries & thought we were prepared and all set to stay indoors, we were in for a shock when we woke up Saturday morning to find we had no power or heat. It was about 8 hrs before we got both back and until then it was quite worrying. We couldn't even go to any of our friends' home (who had power) because the roads were far from clean and were pretty dangerous to drive in. The shovelling was back breaking since it was kind of heavy, icy snow as opposed to the light powdery ones we got the previous few times. This is our second major storm for this winter and as much as it looks beautiful the work involved and the potential danger (esp when we lose power and therefore heating) makes me dread snow and want nothing more to do with it.
Here are some pictures of our neighbourhood...
Since my dad always makes bajjis when it rains, we made spicy milagai (chilli) bajjis during this snowstorm :) - spicy chilli bajjis with hot ginger tea is sure to warm us up in any weather. The following batter and method can be used to make bajjis using different vegetables such as sliced potatoes, sliced vazhakai/raw plantain, cauliflower florets, sliced onions (my favorite) etc. the possibilities are endless.
For the batter
Besan/Kadalai maavu - 1/2 cup
Rice Flour/Arisi maavu - 1/4 cupMaida/All purpose flour - 2 tbsp
Idli/Dosa batter - 2 tbsp
Chilli powder - 1 to 1.5 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Salt - 1.5 tsp (or to taste)
Water - 1 cup (approx)
For the Bajjis:
Light green Anaheim Peppers, Onions, Raw Plantains, Potatoes, Cauliflower etc.
Oil - to deep fry
1) In a bowl, blend together the ingredients listed under 'for the batter' and make sure it's not too thick or thin.
2) Heat oil until it starts smoking a bit.
3) Dip the veggies in the batter, making sure that it encases the veggies fully and gently slide them into the oil and deep fry until golden. Drain on paper towels and serve plain or with some coconut chutney.