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Chronicles of the Thalassery Tea Snacker – Part 5 – Thari Unda

Chronicles of the Thalassery Tea Snacker – Part 5 – Thari Unda

July 24, 2015Recommend1319Views
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It has been a while since I scribbled a few word or should I say a few tasty nibbles. Ramadan and Eid has been quiet a handful and to an extent mouthful as well. Being a Thalasserian in Ramadan and Eid is quiet a feast.

But then, not all is a feast and not all Thalasserians make food that is tantalisingly tasty and complex.

We also have a few titbits that are quiet modest and simple. My chronicle today is on one such titbit.

Thari Unda: Thari means Semolina (Rava) and Unda means ball. Hence Semonlina Balls. Though I would not mind adding a prefix of Fried to it.

Since it is simple, I thought i might as well explain to you all how these fried balls are made.

Step 1: You need is some semolina, say 2 cups of this wonderful cereal. Some people tend to dry roast this cereal to give it an extra nutty taste. I leave the roast to your choice for my mother says roasting is to cover any flaw you make while mixing the Semolina with other ingredients.

Step 2: Next up, take one egg (a medium size should do the trick). Beat it well with the semolina and ensure that the mix has a porridge consistency.

Step 3: Now add some good dollops of sugar. I would say 2 tablespoons as a minimum. Honey is also a good option for those “diabetic” minded people, don’t tell my mother that I suggested honey. It seems that using an alternative for Sugar in Thalasserian cuisine is a cardinal sin!

Step 4: This is a step which I must say is vital. It is called a Pinch of Cardamom. I suggest you crush a whole cardamom rather than using the powdered version. 2-3 cardamom pods or a teaspoon of the powder.

Step 5: Deep fry in oil until golden brown. Serve it hot. Don’t use any condiments like cream or dipping syrup. It is a sin!

There you have it! Thalassery’s very own Thari Unda.

PS: In case you have a disliking for cardamom. I suggest you skip making this snack and rather find a good Thalassery household and explain to them that you skipped the cardamom. They will either
treat you as a Thalasserian snack outcast or convince you with a helping of their own Thari Unda.

Moideen Museem

Moideen Museem

An Engineer by profession born and brought up in the Middle East but a true Malabar Mappila Boy at heart. An avid reader and blogger who loves to talk anything under sun as long as the other end of the conversation is equally intrigued as me. Gourmet and Movies make up the most preferred past-time in my world as a son, elder brother, husband, father and friend. Currently based in Doha, Qatar. A foodie who loves cooking and is trying to master the art of the True Mappila cooking from the Mothers and Grandmothers whose numbers are unfortunately dwindling with the passage of time. Currently learning the art of understanding the ingredients of cooking with a touch of improvisation.

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