I am a serious believer in God made hands before man made cutlery. I use my hands a lot when I cook: to mix, to scoop, to feel. As can be evidenced here.
Even so, I do stop to listen when friends like Jen show me how to keep my hands clean and make deep fried goodies, like batata vada.
This is one of the techniques Jen learned at the Culinary School of the Rockies while making truffles dipped in tempered chocolate.
No more washing of hands between each set of batata vadas dropped into hot oil! What can I say but thank you, Jen!
For those of you who cannot view the video, here are the instructions:
- Prepare batata vadas and the batter according to the recipe.
- Drop the batata vada into the batter and using the spoon, coat it well with the batter.
- Pick up the coated batata vada in the spoon and move it to the fork to let excess batter drain through the prongs of the fork.
- If you wish, move the vada from the fork to the spoon and back a couple of times to shake off more batter.
- Wipe off the drips from the underside of the fork using the spoon and slide the vada gently into the hot oil.
- Fry until golden brown.
- Drain on a cooling rack to keep vadas crisp and prevent them from flattening out. (Yet another tip from Jen!)
It's exactly two years since I posted the recipe for batata vada. I am very ashamed to say that I have not yet mailed the coasters mentioned in that post to the winning bidder as yet. The first set of coasters that Medha made was ruined by bad quality glitter spray, the second set had poor quality tiles which cracked, the third set fell and broke. We wondered why something we had breezed through earlier suddenly became such an uphill task. The winning bidder has probably given up on us but we didn't give up. We persevered through summer and I am happy to say, we conquered. Kind of. The tiles are ready, waiting to be shipped. They are two years late but better late than never.
Tiles aside, does anyone see the irony of it all?
Update: I am sending this Handy Tip to the Back to Basics Event hosted by Aqua Daze, started by Jaya Wagle.