Dukkah-Spiced Veggie Patties
3 years back, I had to check & double-check my book-shelf, wardrobe, shoe-rack, handbags n everything else in that cozy room… All my favorite stuff from that room was supposed to be packed! And while re-checking it, I couldn’t stop myself from sitting in that cozy corner of the room for a while. It was too noisy around still my thoughts kept drifting back to the days when I had been a lil daughter learning things from my mumma-papa, a lil sister playing wit my brother, a lil grand-daughter listening to stories from my grand parents, a school baby studying with school buddies, an immature college girl bunking the lectures with college besties!
And in these 3 years, those memories came across my mind many times. I guess that happens with all girls, who has stepped into a new phase of life….
All new people, new relationships, new roles-responsibilities, n new locations… And complete focus on YOU, as a bride, newly wed lady, daughter-in-law! I absolutely enjoyed each day being with them, learning many things from them, cooking for them, giggling with them… but I still miss lots of things (in fact, everything) from my ‘Being a Miss’ days.
I always had my comfort-zone to walk into, freedom to shop each weekend, hangout with friends anytime of the day, flexibility of crashing into couch anytime I wish, watching TV all day long, listening music on super-high volume… And most importantly – A lot of “ME” time which used to give me a wide scope for introspection… I think, this list is never-ending!!! Although I have regained most of the things here, I miss those moments at times.
But all I know right now is… I’m glad that I met KG 14 years (in 2001) back! We started our journey being just-friends. And that friendship flew away in the 1st year itself… I avoided my biggest well-wisher all the time! Graduation over (in 2005).. He left India for further studies and I started job back there… Kept communicating formally via emails/offliners but never thought of meeting him or talking to him on phone! Many things happened in between… Too many pits-n-falls of life that made me get into the real world. We got in touch again (2010), got committed, engaged and married in next 2 years.
Glad to pass through this phase of life which helped me discover myself each day n of course, know my inner strength… And all ‘coz of the one n only reason of my life – KG!!! He has definitely helped me cut down the raw-SJ in me and make myself stronger to great extent, for facing sharper turns ahead in life (If at all sharper! smoother ones are always welcome). I still wish to grow up in his direction… clear thoughts (mine are always hazy) and positive mind-set!!!
We’re celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary today… As if it was only yesterday when I used to get mad at him, talking to me or advising me for anything I do… And see girl, what turn a life has taken now!!! I love him so much for the same reason… Happy anniversary to KaSh!!! <3
It’s MahaShivratri today so we both are fasting on this special day! But I had to do something to make it special.. so planned celebrating it yesterday only :D These ‘Dukkah-Spiced Veggie Patties‘ was one of the things I cooked… :)
Credit goes to: Pari’s Foodelicious, as I didn’t ever experiment coating croquettes or patties with buttermilk and then coat with breadcrumbs before. I have used beaten egg for the same purpose… even milk too but never used buttermilk. And I must thank her for posting Mushroom Croquettes, which gave me this idea to create these patties!!! <3
3 Broccoli Florets
1/4 head Purple Cabbage
2 Medium Potatoes, boiled & mashed
2-3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
2-3 tbsp Dukkah Spice-Mix
1 cup Breadcrumbs
1/2 cup Buttermilk
Salt, to taste
Oil, to deep-fry
STEPS TO FOLLOW:
- Wash and trim mushrooms, broccoli florets and chop them finely.
- Heat a tsp of olive oil in a pan and add chopped garlic into it.
- Once it gets golden brown in color, add mushrooms and broccoli along with finely chopped (or shredded) purple cabbage.
- Add some salt and toss everything quickly on high heat for a min.
- Let the mixture cool down completely and add mashed potatoes along with dukkah and salt.
- Mix everything well and divide the mixture in 12-14 equal portions.
- Make balls out of those portions and gently press down a bit to shape patties.
- Dip these patties in buttermilk completely and then roll into breadcrumbs.
- Arrange all in a big plate and keep it in refrigerator for half hour.
- Heat oil for deep-frying and slide 3-4 patties carefully at a time.
- Fry until golden brown in color and crunchy outside and then take them out on absorbent paper.
- Serve hot with any sort of hot ‘n’ spicy Chutney!
- You can use any sort of breadcrumbs here. I had some leftover multigrain bread so used freshly made breadcrumbs out of it.
- Check out recipe of Dukkah here: https://cookingwithsj.com/2014/05/20/dukkah/