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*