Guest Post: Bolly Bites & a Confession from Nicola Marsh
I’m so happy to have Nicola Marsh, author of Busted in Bollywood, here today to do a guest post. See what Shari Jones, leading lady in the Marsh’s debut novel, confesses and check out her recipe to some delicious Vegetable Pakoras!
Considering this blog is all about confessions, that’s what I’m doing. Blurting the truth.
I’m Shari Jones and I’m a foodaholic.
She wrote BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD, she created me.
She could’ve given me an addiction to Ryan Reynolds or Henry Cavill. Oh no. She makes me crave Indian food…all the time! Even readers are commenting on it. If reading BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD is making them hungry, how do they think I feel?
As if my newfound addiction to Indian food isn’t bad enough, she makes me crave hot English guys too. Well, one in particular. Drew Lansford…swoon…
I’d tell you all about him but I don’t have that much time, so I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out what we get up to…
So what is this fictional world Nicola created for me about? BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD is a contemporary romance/romantic comedy/chicklit/women’s fiction novel.
Shari Jones needs to get a life. Preferably someone else’s.
Single, homeless and jobless, Indo-American Shari agrees to her best friend’s whacky scheme: travel to Mumbai, pose as Amrita, and ditch the fiancé her traditional Indian parents have chosen. Simple. Until she’s mistaken for a famous Bollywood actress, stalked by a Lone Ranger wannabe, courted by an English lord, and busted by the blackmailing fiancé.
Life is less complicated in New York.
Or so she thinks, until the entourage of crazies follows her to the Big Apple and that’s when the fun really begins. Shari deals with a blossoming romance, an addiction to Indian food and her first movie role, while secretly craving another trip to the mystical land responsible for sparking her new lease on life. Returning to her Indian birthplace, she has an epiphany. Maybe the happily-ever-after of her dreams isn’t so far away?
Think ‘Sex and the City’ meets ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’
With food. Loads of food!
Nicola loves Indian food as much as I do, so she’s been posting Indian recipes for dishes taken from the book in her BOLLY-BITES blog tour.
Today’s BOLLY-BITE recipe is a firm favourite. It’s a fantastic snack (a tasty way to get kids to eat veggies!) and it’s a great party food. Can be served hot or cold. With a variety of dipping sauces and chutneys, your guests will be impressed.
(Like most recipes, there are many different versions. This one is a mix of Shari’s and Nicola’s.)
½ cauliflower chopped finely
Handful baby spinach sliced finely
1 green chilli, finely chopped (optional)
2 cups besan (chickpea) flour
Combine the grated/sliced/chopped vegetables. (You can substitute other vegetables or add more)
Mix in the besan flour, tumeric, cumin, curry leaves, chilli, salt.
Add enough water to make a thick batter.
Heat oil (a saucepan about 1/3 full) to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F (a cube of bread will brown in 15 seconds.)
Lower large ladle of vegetable batter slowly into the oil (repeat until several clumps are frying at once.)
Fry until golden, then drain on paper towels.
Serve with your choice of dipping sauce.
Now that Nicola has made you suitably hungry, it’s only fair she gives away a book, right?
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