Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ducked!

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Statutory warning: This post contains food talk which may make Strict Vegetarians and Vegans sick. If you fall into that category then do not read further and if you may choose to do otherwise and feel sick or throw up on your keyboards while or after reading, I am not to be blamed. Thank you.
This January, my visit to Kolkata bestowed me with a great gift for my taste buds; the very delicious Duck Eggs. This was my first time with the yummilicious oval delights. I must confess I wasn't sure whether I would like it as I was told; it has a strong odor that puts off many people. My sister-in-law, a fabulous cook, prepared a feast and though there were favorite dishes placed on my platter, all my five senses had their full attention only for the bowl on my right hand-side, yes, the duck egg curry. 

I without any hesitation went for it first keeping aside the much loved chicken. The egg was little bigger than the usual hen eggs. The surface had a hazel crust from the frying process. I pressed it from the middle and a striking orange yolk welcomed me. The contrasting white made it look so inviting. It was a beautiful sight. No more thinking, I took a bite and yes, it did have a strong smell, except that it attracted me more, and the taste was divine. I was in love… and I knew that moment, that this relationship is one to cherish. 

I knew the most important task was to find these heavenly items in Mumbai, for I never had seen them all my life. I was on a mission, I asked everyone I could, and the answers were in negative. I went to the village areas of Vasai, hoping to find the eggs there for sure. I found a lady selling desi hen eggs; my hopes jumped fifteen floors higher. I asked her if she sells Duck Eggs, not knowing what was in for me next. I was gifted with a rather amusing reply; with saucer eyes she asked me, “Kya Badak bhi anda deti hai”? (Do ducks lay eggs too?).
It was my turn to have saucer eyes. I some how manage to say, yes in between giggles. And without wasting my time, I left for my home.

Did I find duck eggs? Yes, I did, but sadly, I am yet to find the divine taste which I found in my first one.

Tonight, its Kanda-Poha for dinner. *wink*

30 comments:

  1. I am a vegetarian but, I went ahead and read because I am a foodie and I am from food industry. Cooking is my biggest passion and the way you described the eggs, made me eager to cook them for people who eat.
    I really really loved the description of the egg curry. Food descriptions impresses me more than anything. :D

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    1. I am so glad you it so much :D

      Let me tell you.. I love talking about food as much as I love cooking them.. so guess you will hear more from me on that.. :D

      and thank you Dhara :)

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  2. I have not taste duck eggs....:(
    Love,

    Bong's Belleza
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    1. Ayantika, I hope you do.. at least once.

      And Thank you for your visit :)

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  3. Yuck Duck eggs but the way you have written the post they sound like manna from heaven. Will give them a try ;)

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    1. Haha.. From yuck to Manna from heaven.. :D
      Do give it a try...and let me know what you thought of it?

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  4. It is like first love, you will never find it again.

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  5. I had them in Malaysia and they were too salty for my taste! And that reply :D

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    1. Oh was the egg salty or the preparation?

      Yea the reply was something :P

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  6. Ahh! having newly turned vegan will have to give it a miss :(

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    1. Oops... you could have turned vegan a few days later :-|

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  7. a baba u never tasted duck eggs before ?ki baaje baipaar boloto ?hahahha .. well yes it does have typical strong odour .. but its all about developing the taste .. nowadays .. its getting obsolete in Kolkata as well.. aar haasho dekhina beshi :( .. childhood days .. desi murgir eggs and duck eggs ( had to be desi as I have never heard of Duck Polutry farm , so far) .. was my fav breakfast.. now that I am a veg .. its been years I have tasted duck eggs :(
    Waise kya Batak bhi Anda deta hai ? hahahhaa that question would have embarrassed the person who asked this .. had I been there .. :D

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    1. Dekhna kono din khayeni before Jan this year :(
      and ones that are found here, aren't that good.
      Aar ae ki.. really.. its getting obsolete in Kolkata too :((

      Jahh.. tui Veggie hoye geyli? Bongs are Veggie hoyegeyle kikore cholbe :P
      But jokes apart... I miss duck eggs re... and you are lucky.. you got to have them almost all your life.

      I know.. if you were there she must have been embarrassed .. Oh how I wish you were there :P :D

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  8. the eggs looked nice and a very beautiful shade of pink, so I ventured in inspite of ur warning...but i did not splatter the keyboard with the Pulao I had in the afternoon... :) so far so good! and the best part was.."do ducks lay eggs?" LOL!!

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    1. hahaha.. I am glad your Pulao stayed back in your tummy ;)

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  9. You will find many farmers in the country side having ducks and duck eggs. Your description is very nice. It would make anyone try it.

    My aunty had once placed duck eggs for the hen (desi murgi) to hatch. The duck chicks for a long time followed the hen thinking that the hen is their mother.
    Cheers,
    Sabyasachi

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    1. Hehehe... how cute was that :D

      Btw, this lady was from the country side and she still didn't know about it, unbelievable isn't it? Anyhow thank you very much for appreciating :)

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  10. Ducks are birds...toh wo toh andaa degi hi na.
    I am a veg but a veg who loves eggs and one who occasionally digs into it, with or without the knowledge of his strictly vegeterian mother.
    I don't think i have ever tasted duck eggs unless that omelette seller on the roadside served me with one without my knowledge of it. I didn't know that a duck's egg tastes different from a hen's egg or that a duck's egg is eaten at all by sane people. I thought an egg is just an egg, without any caste or creed issues :O
    I wish you more eggs for the future, and in case you don't find that perfect egg in your Mumbai, then my Calcutta is always ready to play host !!

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    1. "Ducks are birds...toh wo toh andaa degi hi na. "; yeh uss aunty ji ko kaun samjhaye yaar :-/

      Calcutta mein rehke you never had duck eggs.. kya re :(
      I will definitely make sure to go for duck eggs when I am in the city of joy... that taste still lingers on my tongue.

      And you will have to increase your "egg" knowledge.. :-o

      And thanks yaar for wishing me more eggs :)

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    2. Anytime.... Uff i will go to bed now...m egg-sausted :/

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    3. Why were you awake till 12 :-o ..oopps, look who is talking :P

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    4. I dnt like to sleep too early..... Sleeping at 12 is a personal shame.

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    5. Hmm.. and we can't afford a personal shameful moment.

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  11. Surprisingly, right now am extremely hungry and this post just intensified the feeling :P
    You described it so well that I wanna have it now :D
    Plus, let me know some nice Bengali dishes :P Sadly, till date I just have had those big yummy Bengali Rasgulla :D
    #something in non-veg will do magic

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    1. Ow.. Varun... you have no idea what you are missing if you only had Rasgullas... I will now make sure to enlighten especially you about the Bengali cuisine ;)

      And Welcome to my blog :)

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  12. I haven't tasted still but I may try sometime in future. I have tasted Partridge eggs though.

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    1. Oh.. now I haven't tried those.

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