‘You eat first with your eyes,’ some wise person once said, and just how true is that! Well-presented food has a huge impact on building one’s appetite, making one want to eat the said food.
Food art, or the artistic presentation of food, is more than just building appetite in the diner. It is a way of creating drama on a plate, of letting imagination run wild, of creating masterpieces on a blank plate. It is a way of having fun as a cook, and making sure the diner has some too.
I think it is very important, though, to make sure the food that is presented very beautifully tastes equally good as well. It is all too easy to get caught up in the task of always presenting beautiful platters, so caught up that it doesn’t matter how tasty or healthy the food is. All show and no substance – that is just not the way to go, in my humble opinion. There are too many high-end restaurants losing track of the balance between healthy, tasty and beautiful, these days, a sad state of affairs.
Why am I talking so much about food art today? Well, because ‘Food Art’ is the theme for the Foodie Monday Blog Hop this week. I am no high-flying artist, food or otherwise, but I did try out a very simple Pussycat Dosa for the theme and absolutely loved the experience! The bub loved the dosa and could recognise the pussycat figure (though I think it looks a little like a monster, in hindsight), so I’m happy. And I think this little experiment in food art has put me on a new track – now, I so want to continue doing this, building beautiful plates with the simple food that I cook at home, to bring some drama into our kitchen! Wait and watch! 🙂
So, here’s the sort of Pussycat Dosa that I made for the theme.
Let me tell you how I went about making this plate, now.
Ingredients (for one pussy cat dosa):
- Dosa batter, as required
- About 2 tablespoons of cooked kidney beans aka rajma
- A few pieces of pineapple
- A couple of pieces of capsicum
- 2 kernels of sweet corn
- A small piece of carrot
- Salt, to taste
- Red chilli powder, to taste
- A dash of roasted cumin (jeera) powder
- About 1/2 teaspoon + 1/2 teaspoon oil
- Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a pan. Add in the cooked kidney beans, the corn kernels, and the carrot and capsicum pieces. Add in salt, red chilli powder and cumin powder to taste. Saute on medium flame till the carrot, corn and capsicum turn slightly tender, just a couple of minutes. Make sure the kidney beans are all evenly coated with the salt, red chilli powder and cumin powder. Switch off gas and keep aside.
- Heat a dosa pan until droplets of water dance on it. Then, lower the flame to medium. Make a medium-sized circle in the centre of the pan, then make a smaller circle exactly above it – the pussy cat’s belly and head, respectively. Make ears and a tail for the pussy cat out of the batter. Spread 1/2 teaspoon oil around the dosa. Cook on medium flame till the dosa browns at the bottom, then flip over and cook on the other side till done. Transfer the pussy cat dosa to a colourful serving plate.
- Shape the pussy cat’s eyes out of the sauteed corn kernels.
- Pinch the cooked carrot piece to make a smiling mouth out of it, and place it below the eyes.
- Place the cooked kidney beans below the pussy cat dosa.
- Fashion a small flower out of the pieces of capsicum and pineapple, adjacent to the pussy cat.
- Serve immediately.
- I have used home-made dosa batter to make this dish. You can use multi-grain batter, adai batter or multi-millet batter as well.
- I have used whatever ingredients I had, handy, to create this dish. You can let your imagination run loose and use the ingredients you have lying around in your pantry, too!
Do let me know how you liked this Pussycat Dosa, and if you’d like to see more such food art for kids on my blog. I’m no expert, I’ll repeat, but, hey, I promise to try my best!
This post is for the Foodie Monday Blog Hop. The theme for this week is ‘Food Art’.