Wednesday, May 19, 2010
We had a rocking time in Kolhapur---after a very long time I just lay back and watched Time passing me by!!!Since Hotel Opal is co-owned by Shyamkaka it is like being at home-------each day brought with it total relaxation----a necessity in today's scenario!!!Two of the original three Partners-----Shyamkaka and MohanRaokaka------the former 86 years and the latter 91 years old------both were sorry to see us go.God willing we'll meet them again when we go back for another trip.
My sister-in-law Ashwini loves Food---and she's a fabulous Cook----so Dinners at her home are just fabulous!!!Last Wednesday we ate Dinner at her place-------she'd cooked sumptous spread---Goat Meat Biryani(Rice Pilaff),Goat Liver Masala(Spicy thick Curry),Goat Meat Sukka(Dry Dish) and Goat Meat Tambada Rassa(Red Curry)----in Kolhapur the quality of Goat Meat or "Mutton" as it is called is excellent------so guests are treated to a surfeit of Meat Dishes-----for lunches and Dinners.Traditional Kolhapuri Food is a renowned Cuisine of Maharashtra---- a hot,spicy and pungent treat---both Vegetarian as well as Non-Vegetarian-----the "Tambada Rassa" is red, fiery,hot and spicy while the "Paandhra Rassa"or White Curry is not so pungent but extremely tasty----both are a must have preparations-----any trip to Kolhapur is incomplete withoput tasting these!!!The following Sunday---16th.May----was Dinner at Shyamkaka's home----and Shashikaki's Food------the Sukka Mutton and Tambada Mutton Rassa with huge, soft melting Chappaaties and steamed White Rice------tasting exactly the same as in the bygone years---- revived all those wonderful memories of similar culinary treats eaten in the old home in Shukrawar Peth----- Vacations of my childhood,early adulthood and motherhood were vividly brought to life again-----it was a fitting finale to our wonderful trip!!!
On Monday 17th.May we left Kolhapur to drive back to Mumbai------with another precious cache of Memories added to my precious hoard------my heart sad but already looking forward to the next trip to my Roots.I said my silent "Bye Byes" to all the Hills,Forts Trees and Shrubs we passed on the way back---they too languidly acknowledged my leaving asking us to return soon.