Its actually a great challenge that I have taken up… T.G.FRY.DAY!. Coz its extremely difficult to come up with something that’s tasty, healthy, nutritious (despite being fried) and most importantly appeals to kids. After putting in a lot of thought into the all the factors mentioned above, i came up with this recipe….Hope your kids enjoy it as much as mine did!
- 50 grams Soya chunks
- ½ cup Gram flour
- 1 level teaspoon Turmeric
- A pinch of Asafoetida
- A pinch of Kashmiri red chilli powder (optional)
- Water (for desired consistency)
- Salt to taste
- Oil for frying
- Medium size egg plant (aubergine)
- Aluminium foil (to cover the egg plant)
- Tooth picks (10-12 nos.)
- Fresh coriander (a small bunch)
- Chopped tomato (few pieces)
- Black olive.
- Boil two cups of water in a pot, remove from flame and soak the soya chunks for about 10 minutes.
- Now drain the excess water and squeeze the chunks gently to get rid of the remaining water. The soya chunks obtained would be nice and soft.
- Take a bowl, put in the soya chunks and add half teaspoon turmeric along with salt to taste. Allow to marinate for another 5-7 minutes.
- Now in another bowl, mix gram flour, half teaspoon turmeric, red chilli powder (optional), asafoetida and salt to taste.
- Slowly pour in water to get a slightly running consistency batter (similar to that of tempura mix. Too runny batter would not coat well and too thick batter would not cook well).
- Place oil for frying in a frying pan and heat on medium flame.
- Roll the marinated soya chunks in the batter and fry till golden in colour.
- Place the prepared pops on a kitchen towel to absorb excess oil.
- The soya pops are now ready.
- Cover the egg plant completely with aluminium foil.
- On a serving plate spread fresh coriander and place the silver egg plant.
- Insert two pops in each toothpick (approx 10-12) and then insert them on the silver egg plant as shown in the picture.
- Make the eyes of the hedgehog with tomato and black olives.
- The soya hedgehog is ready. Serve immediately.