Rainy days call for board games, some painting and a ton of books. If you have books you should have munchies. A few of these days extend as gloomy skies for extended days. That’s really when the books need to be reread and board games become boring.
To pep up these days the magical black pepper tea alone is not enough. So we resort to some more wider variety of snacks. Then come the pakodas and most of the deep fried elements. This school holidays we had heavy rains which pretty much kept us off the road. The repeated gloom in the sky left us more hungry than ever. That’s when the beautiful Indore street style kopra patties decided to swap places with the much wanted Alu Tikki (plain potato patties)
The cuisine of Madhya Pradesh
The down to earth foodie inspiration from the heart of Madhya Pradesh is a well-known fact. The first thing that races to the mind is poha- jalebi.
The seeping in history Malwa plateau has acquired its cuisine from the passing traders. Being a pretty large state the influences of the nearby state cuisines are very evident and contribute to the huge variety of delicacies found in this region.
Start with the poha in the morning and go all the way up to midnight through the streets of this foodie haven. I bet you can’t find a better spot to try varieties and cuisine samples from all the neighbouring states being just in this one place.
My partner for the Shhh cooking challenge this time was Priya Sateesh and she picked out two humble looking ingredients potato and coconut. Initially, poha raced through my mind and I was quite confident. Soon I was researching and realised the Indore style poha doesn’t have both these together. So the extensive read began. I found an online newspaper article about the kopra patties. Sounded good and saved it for the rainy day. The prep began with the Indori Jeervan Masala which really attracted me. So here is my version dusted with the flavourful masala.
To deep fry or not
While making these “inspired” Indori patties, what bothered me was the oil residue which is going to hang around. With the rain outside, I was not too sure if I wanted the oil fumes..so we baked some and we pan roasted some. The pan roasted ones were outright delicious. The baked ones a bit like baked potatoes. But once the masala was sprinkled and dunked in the green chutney all was good.
Hope you enjoy this week and try out the patties. I may redo this for the Diwali party as it is indeed quite easy to prep and so delicious. What is your plan?