Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tomato Raita Hors D'oeuvres


I was always intrigued by the old ads for Monaco biscuits with their nicely decorated toppings. I, on the other hand, dipped my Monacos in my tea till my cup became a soggy, salty, inedible mess. I wasn't aware that Monaco was a salty cracker and didn't always have to be consumed with one's tea. (Of course, when you drink your tea on a two-wheeler parked under a tree, you dunk whatever is available in your tea.) In the ads the Monacos were usually decorated with strange, colourful toppings, although I had never really seen one pass by on a tray of hors d'oeuvres at a party. Not so long ago, I happened to be on the Parle Monaco website where they featured Monaco wallpapers for your computer. Why? I had to take a peek and I must share this ad / wallpaper with everyone. And as a professional in advertising I couldn't help but laugh at it. Considering the fact that no one outside of India would've even heard of Monaco, this ad must be for Indian audiences. It features a couple that have an Asian girl and a Caucasian boy in a house that has wood flooring, dry wall and a cast-iron heater in the background. All so very Indian. Of course, if you're from India you'll immediately know what the 'international' flavour of this ad means. I think it is a step back from the days of "Quick Gun Murugan" and "We're like this only".

Anyway, I recently had someone over for dinner and I realized that I hadn't made enough appetizers. Thankfully, I remembered the Monaco ads from the old days that would appear on the back of Filmfare. So I decided to repurpose the tomato raita at hand with some wheat crackers my girlfriend keeps around. The results were pretty good. I think pretty much any raita would've worked.

Ingredients
20 Wheat Crackers
2 ripe Tomatoes chopped
1 tsp finely chopped Coriander
1 cup Yogurt
4 tsp ground Peanuts
1/2 tsp Sugar
Salt to taste

Method
Beat yogurt in a bowl till it is a thick liquid
Mix coriander, peanuts, sugar and salt into the yogurt
Gently add the chopped tomatoes into the bowl
Lay out the crackers and place a little dollop of the raita on the cracker

13 comments:

Pooja V said...

This is one of my fav snacks but sadly we dont get Monaco here.

evolvingtastes said...

Your observations are so spot on!

TheCooker said...

The wallpaper is really something...esp. the lungi-design of the tablecloth and that everyone seems to be eating different things (the contents of the brown bowls looks similar though),

Suganya said...

No fancy pancy stuff here too... Take biscuit, dunk and eat!

Rasa Malaysia said...

I love making hors d'oeuvres...this looks very good and I love tomatoes.

Anupama said...

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mallurecipes said...

nice jhat phat snack....

TCB Walsh said...

Wish your advertising layouts were a tenth as asthetically pleasing as this hors d'oevres.

Archana said...

Lovely, I tried this recipe from a salted cracker in India (Snacks brand) and it came out great. Lovely recipe. My kids loved it as well. I like the way you write your recipes and more importantly picture them!
Archana
http://www.archanaskitchen.com

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Vegetarian Thali Restaurant said...

We have a place here which serve moncao toppings as a dish and makes money. something interesting

Jack Williams said...
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Jack Williams said...

I wonder if the use of mayonnaise will add to the tatse. Please some one can let me know if they have tried it out.

Thanks

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