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A reluctant cook and new recipe

She was in an unfamiliar territory and she was tired. Of thinking how much time all these are going to take.

She was supposed to make some karjikayi and modaka. She counted and made 28 small balls of dough, being sure she will make those many sweets. And in the first run, she rolled small circles for karjikayi, 11 of them. And fried them too without much hiccups.

Then the next part was easier modaka. Because they need not be shaped properly. Put stuffing inside the dough circle, wrap and twist the top. Or so she thought. But was the dough becoming softer? She tried stuffing 5, just five of these easy modakas and 6 were torn. A torn modaka is not like a torn dosa or chapati. When you try frying that, all the stuffing - made of sugar and coconut basically will come out in to the oil and oil will be black. And next whatever you fry will have that black burnt thing stuck to them .

With lot of struggle, she did manage to make 5 modakas. But what should be done with the remaining stuffing. More than three fourth was remaining. She thought she will make a batter and dip the ball made of stuffing in this batter and then fry it. But ball could not be made from stuffing, which was all disjoint. So she took this powdery stuffing and added water to it. Hoping that will soften it. It did not.

She was completely upset. But she could not eat to ease away the tension. All these were for puja. And she could not run to lap top.

She took the batter added the now watered stuffing into it. And fried sweet pakodas from this. And thus was born a recipe of sweet coconut pakoda.

She will update the blog when chakkulis are done. 


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