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News

"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

CARSTEN HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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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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