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Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water officials said today that preliminary water quality test results were negative for E. coli were negative and "only a single hydrant" in the South El Monte area of Los Altos showed the presence of total coliform. They reduced the "boil your ...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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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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