My mother used to fast every friday so dad n me used to get a rehash of Thursday’s food every friday…dad wud be smart enough to eat from outside and come and i would generally face the yellow curry alone…God i hated that.Till i came to Kochi that is.
When i shifted to my present hostel our matron promised me that there wud be chicken every Thursday.Unfortunately it remained a promise.Throughout the time we had mess i never saw anthing even remotely chicken like..no am wrong i did see the all pervasive egg curry or mutta curry..Everyday the cook would carry a limited set of what was supposed to be chappati but would be just semi cooked aata…and a big pot which had a dozen boiled eggs floating in bright yellow curry and you had to see how hungry girls(including yours truly) would make a dash 4 it..the egg would be invariably tossed in2 the waste but still…
Then we were given the choice of mess out…overjoyed we started eating out..but soon realised the drawbacks of goin broke by middle of the month..
And then it happened..Sunita returned from class one day and said pata hai Nas main half egg biryani milta hai..That statement changed our lives.
If u were to regularly eat from small hotels or thattu kadas in Kochi u would realise that the options are rather limited..the kerala parotta and cetain curries and the biryanis(we are talking of edibles here and severe budgetry considerations) so the egg biryani soon became a staple diet..and the half egg biryani comes at 10 bucks..
No words can do justice to the experiance of eating egg biryani at lunch and dinner..there was a time when we thought we could not face it any longer and yet we would return at every lunch hour and after deliberations and having the waiter hang around for sometime invariably order the half egg biryani..
Its almost a year since our affair with the half egg biryani started and you need to enjoy the ambience of the tiny cramped place,the plastic chairs,the TV blaring tambi or mal songs,the smell of yesterday s food to fully comprehend the joy when the waiter moves towards you carrying the miniature plate containing your half egg biryani..