The Chinese or Lunar New Year isn’t complete without these laughing balls and I can understand why. But it is also a great snack for your kid’s birthday party. Don’t you think?
Unforeseen, unpredictable situations are not a new thing for us, Army Wives. Other than the so-called inevitable thing you would relate to any Armed Forces Officer’s life, there is one thing that always bothered me – Hindi is the Army Language. I hail from South India, but I knew to read and write Hindi. I also understood the language fairly well, thanks to a childhood being addicted to the Bollywood movies and songs. However, there was one thing I could do -to make a conversation in Hindi. Well, I never tried because come on’ the soldier husband has been away from Kerala for the last eighteen years and he is so fluent in the language. He doesn’t mock me or anything, but I was kinda shy and embarrassed for no reason.
Anyway, I knew I should try and pick it up and thus started conversing with my maid. One day I wanted to tell her that we are short of Turmeric powder and I simply couldn’t recall the word ‘Haldi’ which is turmeric in Hindi. I tried to make her understand by pointing to things that were yellow in color. Imagine my broken Hindi and randomly pulling out clothes and curtains with an undying hope that the maid would catch on to what I was trying to say. The best part was the husband was watching all this trying to mask his giggles.
I will give you one more scenario. Once an officer informed his wife of having few friends over for lunch. The new bride was worried and thought to seek help from the Sahayak Bhaiyya. She wanted to ask him to buy a chicken for preparing the curry. But poor she! She didn’t know how to say chicken in Hindi. She tried different ways to convince him(just like me!). However, sign language didn’t seem to work. Finally, a lightbulb flashed above her head like in the cartoons. She showed him an egg and said, “Iski Mummy ko leke aao”(Bring the egg’s mommy!). Nope, not my story!
Coming to the recipe…
Every cookie that is served during Chinese New Year has a meaning which is often happiness, prosperity, health, or good luck. These Laughing Balls or Smiling Sesame Cookie Balls are no different. This natural cracking on the balls makes them look like laughing mouths and serving them means your year will be filled with smiles, happiness, and laughter.
Laughing balls are deep fried cookies rolled in sesame seeds. They are golden in color and are crunchy on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside. They are ridiculously addictive, super easy to make and can be even stored in airtight containers for up to a week. Honestly, I burst into a laughter when I saw these natural cracks happening right in front of me while deep frying the sesame balls. You must definitely try this one.
Laughing Balls | Chinese Smiling Sesame Cookie Balls Recipe:
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