Burp! (Blog #107)
Memories are always confusing, they suddenly erupt from nowhere with just a mentioning of thename.
One particular memory of my childhood that I recollect when somebody asked me to share the best food experience I ever had.
Then I narrated him, a very short story-
Every year my family goes to visit the religious place in Rajasthan (Nakodaji). On one such particular trip, we were returning from Nakodaji. It was hot afternoon time, the temperature outside was soaring and we were driving through a road with only desert around us.
I was 14years old kid who was growing impatient as I didn’t eat anything from last couple of hours. I was grumbling and complaining. Even my parents were hungry, but unlike me, they didn’t show a single sign of protest. (These things you can always feel by just looking at them).
We drove a few more kilometres and suddenly we saw a roadside ‘Dhabha’ in the middle of nowhere. My dad was a bit sceptical of eating at a Dhabha as he was concerned about hygiene. He spoke in his deep masculine voice “What if we got sick?”
After calculating all options (FYI, we didn’t had any options) my dad decided it’s better to eat at the Dhabha.
We were the only customers there, the owner told us the only thing available was dal and Moti Roti (It is a local Rajasthani chapathi which is very very very thick).
He served us the dal and moti roti dipped in 1 bowl full of desi ghee.
I took the first bite of the dal, it was yummmmmmy. I still savour the taste of that dal. It was just mind blowing
(At that moment, I realized “why good food is the best thing in the universe”)
I ate two moti chapathi and drank 2-3 cups of dal. Even my family was astonished with my sudden appetite.
I don’t remember the amount of the bill, but I recall my dad saying “the food was very tasty and even cheap”
This memory will forever resonate in my head whenever someone will talk about “my best food experience”.
The only sad part is that I don’t remember the location of that DHABA.
Every year, I pass through the same road and always look for that Dhaba. I wish I can taste that delicious dal again!