Over the last few years, each time my mom came for a visit, she would bring one or more of her nifty kitchen gadgets and stick them in my cupboard. When I protested that it was wasted on me: that I had neither the patience nor the desire to try elaborate procedures to make something that was not only rich and heavy in calories but too time consuming, she started to do it silently. Sometimes it was months, even years, after she left, that I did not discover some strange gadget in my kitchen cupboard and wondered where it had come from. Sometimes it was not until I was packing my kitchen items for a move to another residence or city, that I discovered something and felt myself smiling, thinking of my mother and her devious ways!
Rather than offend her, I learned to let it slide. After all she made delicious stuff with them while she visited. Who am I to complain?
In memory of her, over the next year I hope to recollect (recipes), learn (how to use) and utilize these nifty kitchen gadgets that she has used since my childhood to make delightful, and delicious snacks and food items so patiently and so carefully with love.
The first gadget in this series is an Aebleskiver. I even had to scour the web to figure out what it was called :-). The recipe to use this was an easy one. Remember my Chicago trip and the whole cabbage Uttapam? Well my friend Anu used this cool gadget to make something exciting for her kids.
Vaguely I remember my mom using it. But yeah, if you have some idli batter sitting around and wondering what else you can do with it, here is a fun new way to use it! Bite size, it is a fun alternative to making something for kids as well as adults to enjoy!
Lightly drizzle oil into each of the cups of the Ableskiver. Add one tbsp of idli/uttapam batter and cook on the stove till lightly brown. Use a spoon to rotate the balls to cook evenly on the other side. Remove and serve hot with chutney.