In my mother’s kottu series, I am including one of her dishes she calls the ‘bread kottu.’ Home-baked bread, when leftover the next day or two, never tastes as good as it does fresh. So, when we do end up with a few slices of such bread, my mother makes this kottu dish. I am sharing this at the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #8 as well as bringing a second kottu dish late to Fiesta Friday #29.
I received an interesting email a couple of days ago from Ellie Priestman, a researcher at Studio Lambert. After reading the email, I agreed to share the gist of it here on my blog. According to Ellie, Studio Lambert is an independent television production company based in London and “have produced a number of observational documentary and factual entertainment series including Undercover Boss, The Great Interior Design Challenge and the BAFTA award winning series Gogglebox. (More information about the company can be found at www.studiolambert.com).” They are currently planning a production for BBC2 and are “looking for lively and outgoing couples and families who will be happy to show us what happens in their kitchens and around their dinner tables. The series will very much be a celebration of food and family – so we’re looking for people who are passionate about cooking (and eating!) together.” So, if anyone reading this and living in the UK is interested, please get in touch with Ellie via email: email@example.com or phone on 0203 040 6875.
For today’s music as part of the A.R.Rahman series, I decided to select a few of his collaborative work with other international musicians to share here.
The first song is an excerpt from the self-titled album SuperHeavy (2011) of the five member group of Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, A.R.Rahman, Damian Marley and Joss Stone.
The second song is a collaborative work with Persian American music group, Niyaz, from their album Sumud (2012). This song is their interpretation of an Afghan folk song.
The last song for today is an interesting one from MTV’s Coke Studio (2013), fusing Buddhist chants with traditional Arabic tunes and Indian music. A fan of Ani Choying, I love it the way she calmly sits in the midst of all the sounds breaking out wildly around her and continues her chant.
Hope you enjoyed the collaborative music of A.R.Rahman and the other musicians today as much as I did! Let me know if you try out this bread kottu recipe.
- Bread – 2 cups, chopped
- Green peas – ½ cup
- Carrots – ½ cup, chopped
- Cabbage – ½ cup, chopped
- Olive oil – 2 tbsp
- Turmeric – ½ tsp
- Pepper and salt, to taste
- Tamarind juice – ¼ cup
- Coconut milk – ¼ cup
- Curry powder – 1 tsp
- Salt, to taste
- Chopped coriander leaves, for garnish
- Make the sauce first by cooking the tamarind juice, coconut milk, curry powder and salt to taste for about five minutes till the gravy thickens. Remove from heat and keep aside.
- Heat the oil in a pan and add the vegetables and stir fry for a couple of minutes.
- Season with turmeric powder, pepper and salt.
- Add the chopped bread to the pan and continue to stir-fry.
- Just before removing from heat, add the sauce to the pan and mix well.
- Sprinkle with coriander leaves and serve warm.
Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan.