After a long and unbearable hot summer when the first rain
drop hit the ground, we sigh of relief. Getting rid of scorching sun and
feeling the first rain on the face brings an enormous joy in anybody’s mind. I
always enjoy this very season. The pleasure of taking the smell of the earth when
the first rain drop falls on the ground is amazing. The rain rejuvenates me along
with the plants and trees. When I sit down to write something about the rainy
season, the childhood memories of rainy season is down pouring in my mind.
In my childhood, I
had to go the park everyday to play with friends. Every rainy evening I felt
very sad. I used to stare at the sky, and wait to stop the rain. As soon as the
rain stopped I used to insist to my mother to give me permission to go the
park. My mother always tried to convince me that the park would be deserted in
the mud. Even I also knew that, but I had to go to the park. After making my mother
to give me permission, I used to run to the park, nothing but to play in muddy
water. Another funny thing was that I loved to paint during the rain rather to
study. My father used to scold me for this behavior. Anyway, during my middle
school or high school I obviously didn’t go to park. However, I love to go to
school during the rainy days. Very few students used to turn up on those days
leading to no study or declaration of rainy day. Both of these events were
extremely enjoyable to be. Going to school and coming back from school with
studying. The overcastted sky, the heavy rain, and the vast greenery, was
really an amazing feeling. I couldn’t concentrate in my studies at that time. I
just stared through the window to watch the torrent of rain and the agitating
trees in the gusts of wind. Here I would love to mention my mother’s garden.
She has green finger. Her full-bloom garden was envy to our neighbors. My
sister and I were her assistants. We used to brought twigs of various plants
from our friends’ gardens and plant them in our garden in rainy season. We had
7-8 types of hibiscus in our garden, most of them grew to big bushes from the
twigs which we planted in rainy season.
I always love to remember the days of my childhood during
rainy season. However, the office-life was totally different. Though the first
rain was always welcome, I usually curse the rainy season, because going office
was a great hassle on those days. Gone are those days. I last enjoyed the rain
in India in 2007. After that I ‘m in the USA, where there is no rainy season.
When it rains here during winter, I lost into my childhood memories.
As a Bengali, food will always take the front seat for no
reason. Though I’m not a foodie, but I’m a Bengali. So, when I sit to write
about rainy season, all kind of mouth-watering food especially for rainy season
is coming into my mind. My father used to ask my mother to prepare piyaji
(onion fritters) in the evenings on rainy days. Onion fritters and rice cereal
in the evening must be there to complete a rainy day. Few days back I prepared
fish-chops. I wished to rain outside to complete our evening snacks. However,
though it is raining in India in July, but here it is summer. Sun shines here
until 8:30 in the evening.
There were some reasons behind making the fish chops. First,
2-3 trout fish was left in my freezer, but I was not in the mood to cook normal
curry, because of the unbearable smell. Second, I wanted to cook some lip
smacking item to write in my blog, especially for rainy season. Third, I wanted
to put a recipe in the event, “Mansoon of India”.
I used trout fish, but I think any kind of fish will work,
except small fish.
3 trout fish
2 medium sized potatoes
1 medium size onion
1 small tomato
½ cup chopped coriander leaves
2-3 tbsp bread crumb
2 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp curry powder
2 tsp garam mashala powder
1 tsp chili powder
½ tsp sugar
Pinch of turmeric
Salt to taste
Oil to fry
Cut the potatoes into halves and boil till they are firm.
Meanwhile boil the fish with a pinch of turmeric, and salt in one cup of water.
If you feel the strong smell of fish, add ½ tsp vinegar. Boil the fish until it
absorb all the water. Separate the flesh from the bone and keep aside. Chop
onion and tomato. Grate the boiled potato. It’ll be little sticky. Heat one
tbsp. of oil in a wok. Add onion and tomato. Fry until oil separates. Add the
grated potato, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp curry powder, 1 tsp garam mashala, ½
tsp chili powder, ½ tsp sugar, salt, and cook for several minute. Stir until
all the ingredients mix up well. Put out of flame and let it cool down. Mash
the fish with rest of spices and coriander leaves. Then mix well with the cooked
potato well with hand. Take 2 golf ball size of the mixture at a time in hand
and give the shape of chops. Roll in bread crumb and arrange in a plate. Keep
the chops in refrigerator for one hour. This will make the chops firm and
crispy. Whisk egg with little salt in bowl.Heat oil in a wok . Dip the chops in egg batter and roll in bread crumb,
and dip fry until the chops become red.Arrange in a plate with tomato sauce and mustard sauce. Serve hot with
tea or coffee.