Thursday, 30 April 2015

Potato and Peas Pattice

Perfect as a tea time snack, this easy peasy and very simple potato peas pattice is definitely a crowd pleaser. This recipe was passed on to me by my MIL. She made this once when she was visiting us and i totally fell in love with the simplicity of the recipe. The taste of this pattice brought back fond memories of Mumbai. 

When i was working back in Mumbai, I always took the "ladies special" train to and back from work. So every day while coming back home in the evening, there was this sweet old lady who would board the same train from a particular station and would sell piping hot pakoras (made specifically during fasting days) inside the train. I totally loved them and would buy them whenever possible. So when mom in law made these potato peas pattice, it brought back memories of the train pakoras because they tasted so similar minus the peas :). Just like me, I am sure that you will definitely like this recipe. So go ahead and give it try :D. 

Here's the recipe:
Makes around 12 - 13 medium sized pattice

5 - 6 medium sized potatoes (boiled, peeled and mashed)
1 tbsp of chili and cumin seeds crushed
Salt to taste
 ½ cup bread crumbs

For the stuffing:
2 cups of peas cooked
½ cup freshly grated coconut
½ cup groundnut powder (roasted and coarsely ground)
1 tbsp chilli and cumin seeds crushed
Salt to taste
A dash lemon juice
Oil for frying

1) Boil the peas and cook until they are done. Drain the peas, add the freshly grated coconut, groundnut powder, chili and cumin seeds crushed, salt and a dash of lemon juice. Keep it aside. 

2) Simultaneously boil and cook the potatoes. Remove and let them cool. Peel the skin of the potatoes and mash them. To the mashed potatoes add around 1 tbsp of chili and cumin seeds, bread crumbs and salt to taste. Combine all of it and set it aside.

3) In a pan or kadai heat oil enough for deep frying. While the oil is heating up keep the pattice ready.

4) Apply a little oil to your hands. Take a lemon sized mixture of the potato, roll it into a ball and flatten it. Place around a tbsp of the peas filling in between the flattened potato, cover and seal it. (as shown in the pictures below). 

5) Make all the pattice in a similar manner and keep it ready. 

6) Deep fry in the oil for few mins (around 6- 7 mins) it may take more or less time depending on the size of the pattice you made. 

And thats it. Yummy hot pattice are ready to be eaten. Serve hot along with chutney of your choice to ketchup and enjoy with hot cup of tea or coffee. 

Monday, 6 April 2015

Edinburgh, Scotland Photo Essay - An Impromptu 2 day Trip

This post was supposed to be my last post for the year 2014. But to tell you the truth i was being plain lazy and hence no posts since last few months (yes!!! sighhhh :( ). And thats the reason why i never came back to complete this post on time. Now that i am back from a really long break from blogging its time to get back on track :).

Edinburgh, Scotland was certainly not on our list when we were in London. After giving it a lot of thought finally we decided.....why not?. Since we were in London for a good 2 weeks (for hubby's work) we wanted to make the most of it. This trip was a quick tour of Edinburg and we managed to squeeze in as many places as we could. 

The most memorable part of the trip for me was the mesmerizing victorian structures and the beautiful lush green landscape. I am not a big fan of cities or modern buildings.  Ancient architecture, ruins and the history behind them is what fascinates me the most. 

Although i am well aware that there were a lot of stuff we missed but this what we could manage in our 2 day trip and i must say it was wonderful. I hope you will like and enjoy my small photo essay on this beautiful country. 

Day 1: Edinburgh City tour 

We started off our first day with scrumptious breakfast at a local restaurant called Triacle near our hotel. I had the scottish vegetarian breakfast and hubs ordered eggs benedict. My scottish breakfast was the most delicious and scrumptious breakfast i ever had....yummmm. So if you ever happen to visit Edinburgh do check out this place or atleast try out the scottish breakfast. 

Eggs Benedict - 2 english muffins topped with spinach and poached eggs with hollandaise sauce
Vegetarian Scottish Breakfast comprised of veg haggis (this was to die for yummmmyy), veg sausage, tomato, portobello mushroom, beans, hash brown, potato scone, egg, toast and tea....burrrrpppp!!

After a very satisfying meal we headed for local sight seeing. The easiest, quickest and reasonable option for city sight seeing would be the hop on and hop off bus tours. The bus tours include Edinburgh tour, City sightseeing tour, Mac tours, Majestic tour and Bus & Boat tour. You can choose a particular tour based on what you are interested in seeing (each tour covers different local attractions). 

University of Edinburgh

View of the old town from above the Princes Street Gardens

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle 

Beautiful view captured from the Castle

National War Museum 

Inside the castle 

Some beautiful stained glass windows

Striking a touristy pose :P

St. Giles Cathedral 

New town Edinburgh

Scottish National Gallery (view from behind)

Day 2: Loch Ness, GlenCoe and Highlands

Next day we had booked a one day trip to Loch Ness, Glen Coe and the beautiful highlands. Words might fall short to describe the beautiful landscape that we saw. I would rather share the beautiful and breathtaking pictures instead.

Highland cattle aka hamish cow (looks like this one needs a stylist :P )

Simply beautiful



This is one of my fav pics that i clicked during our tour

Spotted a white one (must say this one was very friendly) you see the brown one standing in the corner? They look so cute with the bangs hehehee..
Loch Ness Boat Trip

Yeyyyy finally we spotted Nessie :P 

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