It was a lazy Friday evening. Although it was gorgeous outside, all of us were super lazy. After a long day of work, that swing was calling out to me, it said come and relax with me with a nice book, may be a glass of wine.
Recently I have been obsessed with Spanish music. I am trying to learn Spanish and listening to the famous Spanish songs helps. My favorite these days, ‘Quizas, quizas, quizas‘by Andrea Bocelli & Jlo, it oozes with romance and feelings of love & longing. The song was playing in the background, which made me want to just close my eyes and relive some very happy moments of the past couple of days.
But it also made me long even more for those moments.
I opened the fridge and there was pretty much nothing. I was ready to give up. I said today I am going to be bad and just eat popcorn or cereal or bread and jam for dinner. Just then I heard these beats call out to me, ” hey you got us from the market, remember? You can not ignore us.” So I decided to make something with beets. Just then I rememberd the left over steel cut oatmeal from this morning.
Suddenly I knew what I was going to make.
1/2 cup of cooked steel cut oats
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp chaat masala
1tsp amchur powder
1/4 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tbsp chopped cashews
1 green chili chopped
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
Salt to taste
2 tbsp sooji or cream of wheat
Grate the beets and squeeze out the excess water. You can add that your smoothie or soups.
Mix all the ingredients except the sooji and mix thoroughly. All the spice proportions are per our taste, you can change as you like.
Take a plate and spread the sooji on the plate.
Make lemon size balls with the beet batter and flatten it out. Make sure you wet your palms so that the dough does not stick.
Dip the patties in the sooji and shallow fry till golden. Make sure you cook on a medium flame so the beets have a chance to cook.
I love making these dips. They come together in minutes and are perfect for such appetizers.
Smoky paprika dip-
Take one chipotle chili( I use the one from the can, that comes in the adobo sauce). Chop it fine and mix with yogurt. Add some roasted cumin powder and salt and the dip is ready.
Mint- garlic dip-
Take chopped mint and one small crushed clove of garlic and add to a bowl of beaten yogurt. Mix well and add salt to taste.
I am enjoying these with a glass of wine, my feet up on these pillows. What more can one ask for?