Oh yes, you heard it right, dehydrating veggies that are readily available in summer to enjoy them during winter.
2 weeks ago, climate here was terrifically hot. Temperature almost reached 100 F. While my parents were here visiting us from India, it was time to take advantage of summer heat and make these dried potato sev/ noodles. These are our favorite. My mom makes these in India. but, I got to make these in CA for the first time :)
Start with large baking potatoes. We got a large 25 lb. potato bag from Costco :) Made some potato wafers and chakli. (will update all pictures and recipes)
It is important to use baking potatoes to get a non sticky potato consistency.
Use a grater to grate potatoes and get rid of any lumps or pieces.
Add salt and chilli powder to taste. Mix well.
Most important is a Sev, Noodle press.
Line it with thick sev attachment.
Make small portion for potato mixture to fit in the mold.
Spread a clean cloth or a dupatta on the terrace or in your balcony using the hottest spot utilizing longest time from sunrise to sunset. You should usually start making these noodles early in the morning before it gets too hot. You do not want to spend more time in heat while the sun is overhead.
We did it early by 9:00 am.
Make small portions of sev/ noodles and let them dry. They are eventually going to shrink as they dry out/dehydrate to form thin noodles.
By the end of the day: all dried in 6 hours.
Peel them carefully from the cloth. Place in a large plate. They might be slightly moist from below. Do not worry. Place in hot sun next day and see how they get crisp and dry to store for entire year.
Do not leave them moist.
All dried and ready to use.
Deep fry for 2-3 seconds in hot oil.
OR spray some oil and microwave for 10-15 seconds.