“Don’t play with your food!” How many of you and how many times you heard of it?? Most probably everyone and everyday especially in your childhood. And now we are saying the same thing to children sitting on dining table😁😬. Do you know what I think?I think that we love to play with our food. It’s not like playing bat and ball with baguette and rice ball. No! Don’t take it literally. But a little playfulness is desired. Don’t you think so??
Take an example of pani puri. It is known by different names such as golgappa, puchka,gup chup,pakodi etc etc. A big hollow sphere filled with flavourfull liquid..it is a challenge in itself to eat it as a whole. No no,don’t even think about spoon and fork. Needs a lot of practice😉😉. Even if it is a bit of difficult to eat it,we can not say no to it. Why?? It is a fun experience with tasty treat.Alternatively, we grab every opportunity we get😝.
Anather example is a bowl of silky strands which are slurped by almost entire world..”noodles”. Not only because of it’s taste but also the playfull quality of long strands which take us to Chinese restaurants frequently. Don’t you think so??
Why do you think pasta comes in different shapes?? Why do we like to lick lollipops? Isn’t it easy to chew little candies?? Why is nutella added bread-sticks in their ‘on the go’ packs to eat with it?? Why is DIY candy making at home packs are so famous in Japan?? Why do you think the queues in front of ice-cream rolls shops are much longer than regular ice-cream shops??
People all around the world are experimenting with this aspect of the food. You can see number of restaurants offering something new,unique and unimaginable featuring it’s “playful” aspect,let it be cotton candy burrito or spaghetti doughnuts or serving noodles from bamboo sliders or serving cake in a balloon. And there are so many examples.
Don’t forget people like to have fun with their food even though it is homemade food. It comes with a little ‘DIY’ part which they can not resist. Let’s play with our food a little and have fun😀. And hey! you can tell me how you add fun to your dining table.
Here is how I add fun to food. “Spicy corn cups” recipe is perfect party food.But you don’t have to wait for a party. It just bring people together.So,whenever you like!!
For spicy cups
- Spice mixture – 1 tsp anise seeds, 2 tsp sesame seeds, 1/2 tsp onion seeds, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp chili flakes
- 2/3 cup – all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup – whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp – salt
- 1 1/2 tsp – olive oil
- 1 tsp- chili flakes
- 120 ml – warm water
For corn filling
- 1 cup – corn
- 1/2 cup – diced green peppers
- 1/4 cup – diced onions
- For tempering – oil,cumin seeds, mustard seeds, red chili powder
- Salt – to taste
- Put all ingredients for spicy cups except spice mixture in a bowl. Knead by hand for 5 minutes until it is firm but smooth. Place in a lightly floured bowl,cover with kitchen towel and leave to rest for 20 minutes.
- Tip dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and divide it into small balls. Roll each ball into the size of cupcake mold.
- Lightly brush dough circles with water and sprinkle some spice mixture over each.
- Put it into the cupcake tray shaping as cups. Place tray in a preheated oven at 500ºF for 5 to 8 minutes.
- Cool the tray. Remove spicy cups from the tray, serve them in the basket.
- Heat oil in the pan. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, diced onions and saute it for some time.
- Add red chili powder, diced green peppers and corns. Saute it for 5 to 7 minutes. Add salt to it.
- Keep it aside to cool.
- Serve it along side of the spicy cups basket in a bowl.