Street dogs in India are to be found in almost all places and there are a lot of stories connected to street dogs. I have a few incidents of my own, but today I want to talk about my husband’s famous story, “Raj and the street dogs” Among his friends, his stories and incidents related to the street dogs are very popular. Whenever we friends catch up, there is always someone reminding of these stories and they laugh their heart out. The first time I heard one of the story from Raj, I fell off from the chair. My stomach started and cheeks were aching. It was hilarious, or at least we find it hilarious.
He used to own a luna those days. Remember those thin, gear less vehicles which stole millions of hearts those days? The speed at which that vehicle moved was ridiculous. A motor driver has to pedal first and then the vehicle managed to pull itself forward for few kilometers.
After meeting his friends, Raj used to go back home on the luna. And the place he used to stay had a hug beunch of stay dogs that were super active in the night especially. You won’t find them during the day, but soon the night arrives, they all gather up on the street to have fun and they own the roads in the nights. Soon the dogs here the “budding” luna sound, they all will gather up and start to chase Raj. Raj used to get petrified, he would start to kick his leg to fear off the dogs away plus manage to pedal and keep the luna moving. This used to happen way too often. He got annoyed and came up with a plan. With a brilliant idea in mind, he went out as usual to meet his friends. And before returning home, he was prepared with his plan to face the mad dogs.
Very cautiously he started crossing the street flooded with those mad dogs. The moment he heard the dogs, he slowed down his luna. Then with the first sight of the dogs, he stopped the luna, watched the dogs approaching him with full speed and barking, they all looked real mad. He held one hand to the luna’s accelerator to keep the tiny little engine on and the other hand was holding a air pistol (Yes that was his plan). He loaded the pistol and soon the dogs reached him, he shot pointing to the dogs. The sound the pistol made while it shot surprised the dogs. Some of the dogs stopped. One dog got hit(no it did not bleed or get hurt. It’s just the air bullets hit is head to warn him) He shot a couple of shots and the dogs we all gone, they just ran away! Raj felt like a warrior who just won a war battle. With full pride he held his air pistol and pedal the luna for some distance to get it started to move and went back home holding his pistol He carried his pistol every time he returned back home!
These small incidents sometimes, bring a bright smile on the face.
Baby corn peas masala is a simple dish that goes perfect with rotis. Use fresh produce to get good taste.
1 cup baby corn
¼ cup fresh peas
1 small bay leaf
1 inch cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
¾ tablespoon coriander powder
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon garam masala powder
1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
Salt to taste
2 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon fresh cream
2 tomatoes, pureed
2 green chillies
1 inch ginger piece
1.Add all ingredients mentioned under the list ‘To grind’ into a mixer and grind into fine paste. Use about 1 . tablespoon water to grind.
2. Heat oil in a pan. Add bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves and cumin seeds and cook for about 10 seconds.
3.Add the ground masala paste. Cook until the raw smell of the paste is gone and it releases oil on the sides of the pan.
4.Now add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and garam masala powder. Mix well and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes.
5. Add 1/4 cup water and bring it to boil.
6. Add chopped baby corn and peas, mix and cook until the vegetables are fully cooked.
7. Finally add about 1 tablespoon fresh cream, mix well and turn off the flame.
8. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis.