Increasingly the bailout is making a lot of responsible people feel like succors. By responsible I mean fiscally responsible - you did not buy a house that you could not afford, saved regularly and made sound financial choices. But you see your neighbor who made the exact opposite choices being helped by the stimulus whereas all you are left with is your shrinking net worth. If I sound resentful that is how a lot of people I have been talking to are feeling. Don't for a minute think I am suddenly Ann Coulter's best friend. And even though it is not a 100 days since we had our new president it feels like it has been ages. Does not help when you have an election cycle that runs for more than 2 years. I am not really sure I am going to be a very happy camper. At least with the previous president we always knew where his loyalties lay. And the fashionista exposure of the first lady makes me think she should be out there putting her weight behind more lets say weighty issues of which there are many. If you saw the Oscar awards yesterday you know exactly how many people are available to do what she has been doing recently. Sorry if I am jumping to conclusions too soon but I belong to a generation for which patience has never been a virtue. The Republicans who voted against the bill have been sounding like they are concerned about the future generations but the truth just a few months ago when they were in the majority, they did not any qualms about giving billions to their friendly contributors(read Wall Street) but now they seem to have become responsible and worried about the future generations. Well I am not exactly in a forgiving mood these days either and being reasonable is the furthest on my mind.
If I am in a bad mood blogging usually made me relax and calm down. I am talking about food after all. But the last few days I have been needing to seriously vent and I just did. Now that I am done I feel lighter already.
Let move on to more pleasant topics like this quick kofta curry. I always have some frozen ready to eat Falafel balls. They are available in Costco and I freeze them as soon as I get them home to be used in pita pockets, quesadillas or eat them as is as snacks with some ketchup on the side. I saw this wonderful recipe on Alka's Sindhi Rasoi and I didn't have the self control to resist trying it for too long. What pushed me further was how easy the gravy was. The premade falafel balls gave me hope for a quick end to the longing. I had only a few balls and the bag of fresh shelled peas came handy.
Recipe Source: Vegetable Kofta Curry
Quick Kofta Curry
1. 8 premade falafel balls
2. 2 Cups of Green Peas
3. 3/4 Red Onion Chopped fine
4. 2 Tomatoes chopped fine
5. 1/2 inch piece of ginger grated
6. 4 green chilies
7. 1 tsp red chili powder
8. 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
9. 2 tsp chicken or garam masala powder
10. salt to taste
11. 2 tsp oil
1. In a pressure cooker heat oil, saute the onions till translucent
2. Add the ginger mix, coriander, chili powder and green chilies saute for a minute
3. Now add the tomatoes and saute till it is soft.
4. Add salt, masala powder and about a cup of water and close the lid and cook for 2 whistles
5. Let cool and with the back of a spoon or a hand blender make a smooth gravy.
6. Now add the green peas and let it cook till the peas are cooked.
7. Towards the end add the falafel balls check for salt and let it heat through for 2-3 minutes
Serve with chapatis or parathas. These were as tasty as koftas made with the traditional ingredients.