The night market culture did not take off in India. However
there are small eateries generally managed by three or four staff and serving
fast food. Fast food ranges from samosas, frankies, pakodis, pani puri to dosas
and vadas. The vendors do specialize in their offerings and there is no
cross-over. The turnaround time and the efficiency is very interesting to
Aloo bonda also called batata vada can be classed as fast
food but I have elevated it to “fancy” by the way I serve it with a mint and coriander
chutney and pickled radish.
Who doesn’t love the creamy
goodness of an old fashioned potato gratin?
1 kilogram of waxy potatoes like
¾ cup cream
½ cup milk
3 cloves garlic finely chopped or
150 grams Gruyere cheese grated
15 grams butter cubed
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 180o C.
Peel and slice potatoes thinly (I used my hand or you can use a mandolin).
Place the cream, milk and garlic in a largish pot and season well with salt and
pepper. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the
sliced potatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
Gently transfer half of the
potatoes to a baking dish. Cover with half of the cheese, grate some of the
nutmeg, add the remaining potatoes and cream mixture and top with remaining
cheese. Grate some more nutmeg and top with the cubed butter.
Bake for 40 minutes until golden
and bubbling. Leave to sit for 5 minutes before serving. Serves 6.