Sunday

Pivali/Yellow Batatyachi Bhaji- A staple in most Traditional Marathi Menu's.

Hello Sweeties!!! Hope you are doing well. I am a little miffed with some of our attitudes. I mean Why would you take what is not yours? Is this what was taught to us while growing up? Lying and Grabbing have become the new motto of the new world. You are confused with what Ms. Ash is saying, Read this;  and this.

I am not giving links and names out of such low types as I do not want to give them free publicity and let them bask in the fake glory of fame. I also was not asked to do this post to support the initiative and I am doing it as I sincerely feel that such cheapos should be exposed and brought to light and made to answer the enormous WHY's. We bloggers  put a lot in each post, recipe, picture. I do understand that its not  the recipe that we invent, its mostly the way we learnt to make, but the work that we put on our spaces is OURS, in our own kitchens and in our own ways, that excuse me no one has the right to lift.

I am amazed at the level some bloggers or foodies go, to hide their bad deeds. All the Gung ho about Marathi Asmita and how Marathi people should Support Marathi people when you are caught stealing others work does not go down with me. A thief is a thief no matter what language he/she speaks and no matter which part of the world he/she stays. Even my 5 yr old knows not to touch what is not his, so whats wrong with few of us who have double digits in our ages and yet still don't get it. I am taking this medium to point out the need for us bloggers/ non bloggers and humans if we call ourselves to start a blog watch amongst ourselves. We need no Forums no Govt support, we need to keep an eye out for such thieves and once caught, bombard their FB page or blog with comments that will sort of compel them to stop doing the dirty work. Blogger United is what we are looking for. Not just the sects and communities, countries that we each belong but bloggers as ONE  under the same umbrella. Its upon each of us to take on ourselves to stop this Plagiarism and watch for one another. FB is a strong medium where in we all should come together and report the matters in our networks to form a circle.

All this talk about Marathi asmita and Preeti's event (ISingCakes) made me think of some marathi dish that is accepted in all Indian cultures and holds the position of a very kid friendly menu item; what better than regular yellow batata bhaji. No naivedya meal is complete without this bhaji, kids like it elders like it, leftover can be masked easily; if you ever have any leftovers. I for one never have any leftover of this bhaji. Munchkin demands a poori with this bhaji, while Donut is happy with hot phulka and ghee smeared on it. Its the ultimate comfort food in Ashland. My Aaji always added Ginger grated to the mix, so that's what I also do all the time. Basic recipe where Peas can be added or omitted, a crowd pleaser every time. I am sending Preethi a simple and humble entry and joining her in her fight against Plagiarism. You are not alone Preeti, we are all with you.

You will need;
5-6 medium potatoes boiled-Diced into cubes
2 medium hot green chillies- chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 inch ginger grated
6-8 curry leaves
salt and sugar to taste
Cilantro to Garnish
1 Tspn Lemon Juice- Optional

Tempering;
3 tbspn Oil
1 tspn  mustard seeds/rai
1 tspn Jeera /cumin
1 tspn haldi/Turmeric
1 stpn Hing/Aesofodita

In a kadhai/wok, heat the oil on medium heat, add the tempering when oil is hot, let it sizzle, then add the green chillies and the curry leaves. Let it fry for 1 minute then add the salt and sugar, and grated ginger, lastly add the diced cubes of boiled potatoes, stir well, cover and let cook for 5-7 minutes. Lastly add the lemon juice and cilantro and  serve hot with hot piping poori's or phulkas or with simple varan bhat and tup( dal/rice and ghee).
     
If you want to participate and win a free cookbook, hop onto Preeti's blog for rules and info. And kindly pray that Ms. Ash does win the awesome cookbook, so that she can learn to cook some authentic marathi food.

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