I guess if Miss Muddly Pie could speak in proper language, she would yell back to her elder sister Miss Picky Pie this. Miss Picky Pie nowadays can lift her sister up in her lap, so her joy knew no bound. But most of the time she will come from the back and lift Miss Muddly Pie while sitting on the floor. And Miss Muddly Pie will start giggling and remain in the same posture the way she is sitting on the floor. So it will look like that Miss Picky Pie is carrying a baby kitten in an attire of a human being. What I do, I first scream at the sight in fear that Miss Picky Pie will drop her baby sister. But then I will be seen rushing to grab the phone or the camera to capture the moment. An elated emotion streams down through me. I touch the wood and pray to god to shower happiness all the time to the kids. Miss Muddly Pie is becoming more responsive and interactive day by day and Miss Picky Pie is turning to a dotting and possessive elder ‘DIDI’ as days passing by.If you have already read my last post HERE, then you will get to know that now Miss Picky Pie has become an owner of a new ornament and looks more studious and a grown up kind of a girl with a pair of specs. Her Doctore has suggested to minding her diet meticulously. In her everyday diet, the presence of lots of green vegetables and dairy products are musts. Making homemade Chana/cottage cheese and curd every day are like a ritual for me. Both the daughters love to have a bowl of curd but feeding chana is like a nightmare to me. So every time I have to come up with some new and tasty recipe which can camouflage the taste of chana. They so much resemble my childhood. I used to hate Chana and my mom was adamant to feed me chana to give some healthy quality boosters. Now I am on my mom’s shoe and can recollect all the memories the way I used to torture my mother. We are certainly rotating in the vicious circle and everything falls back the same how much we try to avoid the facts.. Miss Muddly Pie is growing up with her own taste buds and food habit. Now I can’t feed her anything but tasty. Unlike me, both my daughters will be seen enjoying a bowl of puffed rice with some fritters as their evening snacks. Yes, you heard correctly – I never used to like puffed rice, unless one day a new life started to bloom inside me and puffed rice came to rescue me from the nauseous first trimester. I know after hearing this the Bengali clan is going to throw me out of the community but this is the bitter truth of my life. But my daughters have made the Bengali clan proud by adding puffed rice in their staple diet and are peacefully seen gulping and relishing it. Miss Muddly Pie can be kept quiet for hours if you place a bowl of puffed rice in front of her. She will nibble on the puffed rice, picking up each at a time with her tiny little fingers totally engrossed and unaware what is going around her. Therefore mostly on our evening snacks, we have puffed rice with some fritters or Jhal Muri especially made by Mr. Pie. Mr. Pie makes some sumptuous Jhal Muri, for which we die for. Maybe one day I will share his Jhal Muri recipe with some family stories.
Now let me come to the recipe. One day I made these Chanar Chop/ Cottage Cheese Fritters. And danced like Mumble when the daughters asked for more. I have added some chana daal to it, to enhance the taste more. This healthy twist to chana is avidly enjoyed by the kids so as the adults. Serve it with a bowl of puffed rice as your evening snack or to your main meal against rice and dal it will make your appetite hearty and healthy. Enjoy the recipe here: