Actor Swapnil Joshi has not forgotten the taste of his special monsoon treat.
Last monsoon,we were shooting for a film on the outskirts of Kolhapur and really enjoyed the food that the local caterer,Waiker,served. When we complimented him,he invited us home for dinner. Drained out after a hard days work,we tagged along in the hope of getting some refreshing food to lift our spirits. Monsoon had just started and the smell of wet soil filled our senses.
Waiker informed us that he is going to treat us to his self-invented dish,Kulha Mutton. Kulha means crazy in Marathi,and in Waikers word,he decided to name the dish so because he was confident that one would go crazy over the taste,in a good way of course.
He cooked the meat in a vessel under the shade that covered his front yard. To our surprise,his secret ingredient was mud that was wet with the first monsoon rain. He cooked the meat and the mud for two hours,telling us how the water absorbed by the mud would make the meat tender. Waiker served the mutton with rotis straight off the chulah and the dish lived up to its name.
The tender meat with an earthy taste is something I will never forget. I have never tasted anything even close to how amazing that mutton was. I remember that while my friends and colleagues were singing old Hindi songs,a slight drizzle had turned into pouring rain and the ambience put us in a state of complete bliss. It was a raw and rustic experience that was so relaxing to our senses.
I hope to take time out and visit my friend for some more earthy mutton again this monsoon.