দীর্ঘ হারানো ভালোবাসা। long lost love.
In my childhood days, when returning home from school, drawing class or practice, I often hear the jingling bell of the “ghoti-gorom” vendor while passing near the huge play ground. I could remember bugging my mom for a couple of rupee for buying ghoti-gorom. Good ol’ days, when you could buy something that could make your evening with just a couple of rupee. 🙂
Ghoti-gorom is a typical Bengali munchies that are sold by sellers, moving around while ringing a bell. The seller carries a medium (drum shaped, usually made of aluminium) container holding the exclusive ingredients like jhuri bhaja, onion, coriander leaves, raw mango, carrots, chills and masala. Inside the large container, rested a small metal jug with slow burning coal. The hot coal is placed into the jhuri bhaja, that makes the jhuri bhaja warm and unique. The seller, mixes the ingredients together and serves you warm in a small newspaper portion made into a cone. The warm jhuri bhaja combined with sweetness of the carrots, tangy-ness of the raw mango, along with the hotness of the chilies creates a unique flavor that makes you munching for more. Ghoti-gorom is also known as ghorom chanachur at many places.
While growing up, becoming too busy with life, I almost forgot the taste of ghoti gorom. Last week, I saw a vendor on the streets and can’t resist myself from getting one. Now-a-days, one can get a ghoti-gorom with minimum of rupee ten. The warm ghoti-gorom served in newspaper cone is sure to take you to the memory lane. It is sure one of the quick and tasty snack you can get at any lanes, market or train stations at Kolkata!
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