Apparently the Indian Censor Board is going to take a closer look at "item numbers", the not-related-to-main-story songs in Hindi movies featuring skimpily clad females that purportedly increase marketability of a movie, to make sure they don't objectify women. Just the fact that they even use the term "item" is so derogatory.
The portrayal of women in Indian cinema has never been about the real woman, but more like an accessory to main male-dominated plots. How often have we seen women as being strong willed, successful and happy in Indian cinema? If they are strong and have lives that does not involve sacrifices or being submissive (to husband, kids, in-laws, society, something!), then of course they are bitchy, unhappy human beings. And if ever women lost in love, they never marry again, choosing to live in the memory of the love they lost (remember Elizabeth in Lagaan?). Men, on the other hand, quickly move on. They HAVE to, apparently. Else it is not palatable to the audiences! Then you have an aging Amitabh Bachchan in Nishabd, who falls in love with his daughter's 18 year old friend and in the end shows no remorse nor makes any apologies for it. How is that fine and what kind of message does that send? And don't even get me talking on the endless movies where you find spineless men who cave in to family pressures, who stay silent while their wives are being mistreated.
Cinema is one powerful, far-reaching medium which can effectively be used to cultivate the views of our society, show what the right thing is - you know, where strong men stand for what is right versus being the so-called "good sons" or girls who aim to get a good education instead of a good husband! There has been a shift though, with movies like "No one killed Jessica" or "Fashion", where characters are not necessarily pristine pure nor totally evil, but just everyday women going about the business of life. We certainly need more of those.
Coming to the recipe, this is a less guilt inducing fried potato. Very few ingredients and tastes amazing. It is generally served as a side with rice and dalithoy but makes for an excellent snack by itself. You can never just eat one!
2 large potatoes, sliced into 1/3" slices
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp salt
a few piches of asafoetida
1/2 cup semonia/rava, for dredging
Oil for cooking
Soak potato slices in water.
Mix together the red chili powder, salt and hing.
Heat tawa/frying pan. Smear the chilli-hing mixture on the potato slices, coating both sides. Then dredge in the rava.
Place them on the heated tawa, leaving a little space between slices.
Pour oil around the slices. Cook covered on medium-low for 4-5 min, sprinkling some water around the slices every couple minutes.
Once lighltly browned, flip to cook the other side, repeating the oil and water process.
Drain on a paper towel. Repeat with the remaining slices.
Serve with rice and dalithoy or munch on as is.