Wednesday, July 18, 2012

"Aalu kabli" and School Gate!!

"oi jhaal nun ta ektu beshi kore dao na Bondhu"  requesting little voice and impatient hands from the narrow grill-gaps of the side of a huge & solid iron gate!! Lots of earnest requests, demands for a little more spiciness or a little more tanginess continues going on and on until "daarwan kaku" (the gatekeeper uncle) starts shouting and chasing behind the crowd.
This was the normal and a regular view of our school gate during tiffin hours...untill the bell rangs to finish the tiffin-period. Can't really remember of a single day when I didn't have to buy it secretly! Everything changes with time- this is the term I listen to everywhere but does they actually??
                  Today when I pass by the "sekolah" (school) gate beside my place here in Malaysia, see the same crowd, same impatience, same innocence...same faces. Only the hawker does not sell "aalu-kabli", "kuler aahcar" or "teNtuler aachar" in his cart...rather they sell "sotong goreng" or "bebola ikan goreng" or may be "ayam satay"...and no gatekeeper chases behind them. There are few feelings those never changes...like, careless childhood and the urge of growing up to an adult!
     These thoughts made me so nostalgic that I could not help but walking down the memory lane. And what is better than "aalu kabli" to revisit those days! Though I will never ever get those dirty small hands holding small "thonGa" (paper box) and the tangy-spicy-dirty tamarind juice running through little palms. The smell of wet news paper "thonGa", the smell of printing ink mixed dirty tamarind juice....really I can't get everything back!! I miss my "chaar aana, aat aana r chotobela".


Ingredients:

  •  2 large potato (boil whole potato with skin on , as we do not want it mushy...peel it off and cut it in small cubes after boiling)
  •  1 cup chick pea (soaked in water overnight and pressure cooked with little salt until tender)
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • Chopped green chilli (as per taste)
  • 2 table spoon chopped coriander leaves
  • Few pinch black salt/ bit lobon
  • Salt and red pepper powder mix as per taste
  • 1 table spoon powder of dry roasted cumin and dry red chilli (I roasted the chilli over direct heat)
  • 4 table spoon tamarind juice or as per taste (soak tamarind in little water for a while to make the pulp and add required with that)





Process:

  • Arrange all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and mix it well for 2-3 minutes.




Serve instantly and relish it with your childhood memories!!




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