It was raining cats and dogs even before I woke up this morning. It seemed that all the rain that should have rained these past few months is suddenly raining now! I’m not complaining though ’cause the lack of rains would have meant no leisurely showers in the bathroom next summer. So instead of moaning and groaning, I decided to catch up with some major cooking.
The rainy weather is perfect to have something spicy and fried so I thought of cooking up some potato and mince patties. I called up Ashok the meat man from Grant Road market as I didn’t want to wait for Cafe Ridge to open. Nor did I want to cross the street and get some fresh meat from India House, so I decided to give Mr. Ashok a try. The delivery was quite prompt and I began by boiling five medium sized potatoes in a pressure cooker for 5 whistles. In the meanwhile, I finely chopped half a medium sized onion and added it to a tablespoon of oil that was heating up in another pressure cooker. After the onions turned translucent, I added 1/2 tspn of ready made garlic ginger paste and gave it a good stir. To this I added 1/2 tspn of home made garam masala, 1/2 tspn of red chilli powder and the mince which I had washed (and drained) just for good measure. After frying the meat for a bit, I added 1/2 a chopped tomato, 1/2 a green chilli finely chopped and 1 tbpsn finely chopped coriander leaves. I then added 1/2 tspn of salt and a cup of water, put on the lid and the pressure and allowed the cooker to whistle 6 times before putting off the heat.
After the potatoes were done, I peeled them and mashed them , added a bit of salt and 1 tablespoon maida to make the potato dough more sticky.
After the meat was cooked, I dried it out by letting the remaining water evaporate then made small balls of the potato, flattened them and filled each with a teaspoon of the mince. I sealed up the stuffed ball and flattened it slightly. I dipped each ball in a cornflour paste and coated it with rava before shallow frying in a pan. When nicely browned, the patties were allowed to rest on an absorbent kitchen towel which soaked up all the excess oil.
Since there was some filling left over, I soaked up two slices of bread, squeezed out the water, stuffed the slice and squeezed it close tight. After frying it till golden brown, I let the excess oil drain off and then packed it up with the rest of the patties to be delivered to my daughter who lives down the road.