Friday, September 10, 2010

REWIND: SUMMER VACATIONS IN KERALA

Not that the summer has officially ended nor autumn/fall has officially begun, but it already feels cold and my favourite green jacket is out, but I am still in a mood for one of my summer favourite childhood snack.Indian stores here still sell raw mangoes and I couldn't keep my hands off them.

<<< Rewind <<<<
Characters: Tia & Ria


We are first cousins and used to be stuck together ALL the time. She is my bestest cousin and still is and will always be.Period. When I had to decide upon my bridesmaids, I didn't have to think about her, because she was there and will be there...or else I'll be dead!

Our summer in Pallikuttumma was always fun-filled, laughter-filled, care free days[How can I forget the million disturbed night's sleep that I have had with her. She used to sleep talk and walk around the room muttering all sort of possible stuff, some of which had a connection to the previous days activities and most of them have no connection with anything.By the way, if you think she has grown out of it, well, no!] .We had almost 4-5 varieties of mango trees around the house and they yielded mangoes throughout the year. Our main job during the holidays was to eat them, both raw and ripe. Ripe ones were eaten without guilt (the word calorie never existed for us then!) in it's pure form. Pure form in the sense, we just eat them like all our ancestors did long long ago :-)

We used to grab a mango rather mangoes one after another from beneath our uncle's bed (that's where all the ripe mangoes were stored) and not to mention, take in all of the ripe mangoe's smell hovering in the room and run outside and 'plop' ourselves on the hammock tied between a guava and a mango tree. Then, we used to bite into the mango right through it's yellowish orange skin , spit out the skin and eat the flesh. The mangoes were so juicy that the juice would have been running all the way till our elbows. After that mango is over, I used to lick my fingers, palm and all the way up to my elbow making sure that I don't waste a bit of it's juice.  I never (then) knew why it's tasted salty and muddy towards my elbow :-)

Then it was our turn to attack the green mangoes.Maybe Tia did notice my love for food and cooking, she would always give me the turn or rather always asked me to do it. So between us, it was always me who used to chop the mangoes (in no particular shape) add a dash of hot red chilli powder , a generous helping of salt (Oh! I love salt! Especially drinking salt solution!) and a few tablespoons of my favourite favourite wonderful coconut oil! Then I mix it all up with a spoon and run outside towards the hammock with the bowl carefully nestling in my hands . Then we forget all the fights that we had over sharing my 'never ending' barbie doll collection, or over our cooking set or even somebody else's playing cards and just enjoy the sweetness , sourness and everything in between mixed with saltiness and the spice.

After eating a bowlful of that ,our teeth, especially mine, would be so tart  that if I try rubbing my teeth together,I used to get a shiver/shock...a dirty one all over my body,the same type Whoopie Goldberg gives you in Sister Act.I knew it would happen, but eating the raw mangoes were worth it!

Now we both are continents and oceans which separates them apart, but, everytime I eat the raw mangoes, I think of you :-)

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I am the host for Tried & Tested for the month of September. Blog of the month is Alka's Sindi Rasoi.


The rules are simple:

  • Cook any recipe(s) from Blog of the month and post about it. Stay as true to the original recipe(s) as possible. Therefore, there is no need for re-posting it, simply link to the original post :-) There is no time-frame for the original recipe. It can be as old as my grand-mother or as fresh as a mung bean sprout.
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    13 Comments:

    Rachel said...

    Guess this brought back nostalgic memories for me too.. The only diff being peaches and plums at my hometown :)
    muddy taste while licking the juice...!!! haha that was a good one...

    Aparna said...

    I never grew up in Kerala, and lived there only when I was older, but yes there's nostalgia.

    For those very thin wafery "bennana" chips, chakka varatti, the pookkalams during Onam, the tranquility of rural Kerala, the sudden sight of elephants walking on the road........... :)
    Still, I'm not doing too bad where I am.

    Fancy said...

    Oh this is such a sweet blog!! Nice post Ria!!

    Sayantani said...

    you two look alike Ria. I also have a cousin like that am lucky that recently she has moved to my town.

    lata raja said...

    Ria, thanks for messaging me on fb announcing this post...my! what dose of NOSTALGIA! I am sure your cousin is enjoying this post.
    Don't even tell me more about mangoes, I am drooling over the post only.
    And expect me to drop a post or two for your T&T.
    Happy hosting!

    Divya Kudua said...

    I so agree with the chilly powder+salt+coconut oil combo with raw mangoes...just the perfect combination!!The sensitive teeth afterward is a very small price to pay for the taste of the raw mango!!Lovely post!!

    Foodie Ann said...

    Hi Ria, This post reminds so much of my childhood...instead of eating all the mangoes...my cousin and myself used to pluck all the tiny mangoes from the tree and throw it to the road and compete whose mangoes were crushed by the vehicles...All done without grabbing the attention of our parents...

    Tia said...

    :) that was sweet ria. I was in deep sleep when my phone buzzed and I squinted through the entire post considering I don't have my glasses on but with a wide smile on my face! Love u! Vaayill vellamum vannu pachha manga with uppum molagum kanddattu!! ;)

    Happy Cook said...

    Oh yes reading the post reminde me of the time spend in my fatehrs native place in Thakazhy ( my sisters were more there in holidaythan I) but thetime i was there it was like this too.
    You are lucky that you have a first cousin like tia.
    ENjoying hosting Tand T

    forkbootsandapalette said...

    Ah! lovely post...

    Alka said...

    I love nostalgic memories attached to food and people...many of my own childhood memories just rushed in :-)
    And Hey, I am so surprised to know that SindhiRasoi is selected for this month's T&T..Gosh...don't know how to react...I am thrilled and nervous at the same time :-)
    Hope the recipes work for lovely bloggers, and everyone, please do not hesitate if you have any doubt/query or difficulty to follow any recipe at SR....just give me a shout/write me a mail or let me know that at Facebook..will try my best to reply each and everyone of you !
    Thanks Ria for this lovely gesture !

    Swapna said...

    Lovely post Ria! Pachamanga, uppu and mulaku....vaayil vellam varunnu;)...

    Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

    Aww this is such a sweet post! I do the licking hands till elbows even now, did it right this season too :P

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