Tuesday, March 1, 2011
One of the most important chores a dutiful Chennai husband has to perform on an early Sunday morning is to purchase the fish/meat. Chennaiites have an unsatiable proclivity for fresh food. Frozen foods are looked down upon and are strict taboo.
So this morning, off I went to the butcher's to buy 2 kgs of chicken and 1 kg of fish. You might be wondering why a couple might want so much! To let you in on what's happening, here are the details: My aunt and mom came over from Tuticorin this morning, my mom stays with me but had been there to visit my grandpa. Aunt came over to meet her son, my cuz who stays with us. (He works for a consultancy company). His older brother who works in Pudukottai also came down this morning. My sil an IIT-ian who works in Bombay came down to meet her dear sass, my wife, and so as you can see it was a mini get together of sorts.
Goddamn, there was a huge rush at the butcher's, each clamouring for their share of the meat! Looks like the whole of Chennai is non veggie! Couldn't stand the crowd, so headed off to a lesser crowded meat shop and after having bought the chicken, as I stepped out, I noticed a huge make shift tub full of water on the roadside. On closer look there were about 30 live squirming black fish. The unmistakable Magoor, called Theli in Tamil and referred to as Catfish in English. (I doubt if Catfish is the Magoor coz I heard someone say that Keluthi is actually the catfish. Agreed even the Magoor has whiskers but all that has whiskers isn't a catfish;)) A favourite with the Bong population. In fact it can even be christened as Bengal’s life force as it is Bengal's most devoured and revered fish. The fish continue to squirm even after it is decapitated. Pretty gory eh? Who cares as long as it is delicious and passes down the gullet smoothly;)
Only complaint was from wifey who said that the fish pieces when dropped in hot oil spluttered a lot thereby spraying a few drops of oil on her delicate hands ;)))))
So it was mint pulao, chicken gravy and fish fry. Yummilicious :D
PS: Magoor is also a catfish but called walking catfish and its scientific name is Clarias batrachus