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Council seeks more options for community center

Council seeks more options for community center


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The Los Altos City Council approved an appropriation to examine options for a new community center to replace the aging Hillview facility.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted narrowly in favor of examining further opti...

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Schools

Local schools participate in  national Hour of Code activities

Local schools participate in national Hour of Code activities


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Himan Shu Raj, a volunteer from Microsoft, advises Los Altos High ninth-graders, from left, Serhat Suzer, Jamie Bennett and Chris Yang as they participate in the school’s Hour of Code Showcase.

Local schools participa...

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Community

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Take a dive into the holiday archive

Town Crier staff made a quick cruise back through the newspaper's archives to find some late-December reading as inspiration for eating, drinking, decorating and more:

Beloved holiday books build the spirit of the season and staff at Los Altos’ Li...

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Sports

Pinewood poised for another title run

Pinewood poised for another title run


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Pinewood’s girls basketball team is receiving contributions from several new players, including freshman Stella Kailahi, above.

Complacency shouldn’t be a problem for the defending Division V state champion Pinewood S...

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Letters to the Editor

Ticket motorists for U-turns on Main Street

As I was walking downtown on Main Street recently, something came to me out of the blue. The town of Los Altos is missing out on a huge revenue stream. I realized that if all the cars – there were th...

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Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Your 2015 stock market game plan

It’s been a maddening month because of oil and gas, especially in stocks and bonds. Then, consumer spending pushed stocks higher Thursday, easing investors’ jitters about the global economy and prompting them to consider how to invest in ...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

Sangeeta Sachdeva, 55, wife of Subhash Sachdeva and mother to Natasha and Tanya, died at 8:54pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014 from respiratory failure.

Sangeeta was born on October 18, 1959 in Delhi, India. She was born to Moti Sagar and Raj Kapoor an...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday


courtesy of Aurora Singers
The Aurora Singers are scheduled to perform a seasonal concert Friday night in Palo Alto.

The Aurora Singers’ “Winter’s Musical Glow” holiday concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pal...

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Spiritual Life

Enter the superhero: Finding the God who loves you

In my life-coaching practice, I see a lot of pain. Much of it stems from fear and guilt, often expressed as low self-esteem, anxiety, a lack of forgiveness both for oneself and others, anger – and so on.

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Tapioca: Delicious and sumptuous appetizer

Elliott Burr/Town Crier Tapioca cutlets, above, called sabudana vada in India, mixed with mashed potatoes and spices make an ideal appetizer, especially when served with cilantro chutney.
By Gitika Baveja Tapioca, a starch named sabudana (“whole grain”) in India, is used in a variety of recipes both sweet and salty. In the U.S., its most familiar form is as a pudding, available in most grocery stores. Sabudana, or pearl sago, is derived from the cassava plant. Pearl sago’s whitish seeds resemble small, white opaque balls. They become soft and spongy when soaked in water and turn translucent when cooked, resulting in a soft and slightly chewy texture.

Sabudana comes in various sizes, but for this specific recipe, the smaller sizes work well.

Tapioca pearls are readily available in most large supermarkets (in the Asian section) and most definitely in any Asian or Indian grocery store.

Sabudana vada, or cutlets, is a specialty from the state of Maharashtra in Western India. An ideal appetizer or tea-time snack, sabudana vada is great for entertaining and can be prepared well in advance. In such cities as Mumbai, you can buy freshly prepared, hot, delicious sabudana vada from street vendors. One of the country’s most popular snacks, it is enjoyed crisp and warm with a tasty green cilantro chutney.

In this recipe, the sabudana is mixed with mashed potatoes, chopped onions and spices, then bound into a cutlet that is shallow fried. The dish is authentic and easy to prepare.

Tapioca and potato cutlets (sabudana vada)

•1 cup sabudana (tapioca pearls, small size)
•1 large potato, boiled, peeled and mashed
•1 small red or yellow onion, finely chopped
•1 small green Thai chili, finely chopped (optional)
•2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
•1 teaspoon garam masala powder
•1 teaspoon dry mango powder or 2 tablespoons lemon juice
•1 teaspoon coriander powder
•1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
•1 tablespoon cornstarch (to bind)
•Salt to taste
•5-6 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil for shallow frying

Soak sabudana (tapioca) in warm water overnight. It will puff up and become translucent. Each pearl should be soft to the touch. Drain water through sieve before using.

Boil potato until very tender. Mash potato with hands and transfer to large mixing bowl. Add soaked and drained sabudana, chopped onions, green chili, cilantro leaves, spices, cornstarch and salt and bind well until all ingredients stick together.

Divide dough into equal-sized small balls. Flatten between palms of your hands in shape of small cutlets.

Heat oil in frying pan and shallow-fry cutlets on low-to-medium flame until golden brown and crisp. Drain on paper towel.

Serve hot with cilantro chutney or ketchup.

Note: Add 1/4 cup roasted, crushed peanuts to the mixture for variety.

Gitika Baveja is author of “Indian Flavors to Savor: The Easy Home-Cooked Way.” For more information, visit www.flavorstosavor.com.

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