It was a good break for me and my brother as both of us took time off to visit our Aunty in Nawalapitiya! Nawalapitiya is a very cold, misty, picturesque beautiful village surrounded by green mountains covered in thick white mist, located in the hill Capitol(Kandy) of Sri Lanka. It is a village completely different than of my native village Dankotuwa. Nawalapitiya is surrounded by high mountains and it’s very cold specially in the morning and at nights and frequently drizzling as well. The entire area is covered with lush green rain forest fauna and flora and gives you this unmistakable feeling of living in the midst of a rain forest! Like my native village produce abundant harvest of coconuts, this cold mountainous city produce freshly grown the most tastiest world famous Ceylon tea! A picture book city you may call it, is freezing during the rainy seasons and it was such a wise idea that grandmother didn’t come with us!
My aunty’s daughter, who is younger to me invited me to take a stroll with her to go and pick freshly grown Mandarin. As you know me, I jumped at that chance to go with her and it was an exciting and a enjoyable trip. The path was between the brightly green tea bushes, and cold breeze was brushing against my face as we walked towards the mandarin trees. It was a novel experience compared to our native village. But my friends I was very frightened of leeches as they are common in this parts of Sri Lanka. Brother was very eager to come with both of us to pick Mandarin but since I asked him to stay back, poor fellow was with a long and a frowning face for the entire morning! But later the most delicious sweet & sour chili mixed fruit salad that he made using Mandarin & many other fruits proved his loving sweet nature as always!
Since there were lots of mandarin left from our picking I decided to make a salty sour pickle from them. First I fried kochi chilies ( bird chillies) and cumin seeds and added to the boiled and quartered Mandarin incorporating them well. At Nawalapitiya coconut oil was always solidified because of the freezing weather. Their trick was to heat up the bottle above a flame or immersing the bottle in a half filled hot water bowl.
I tasted one of my Aunty’s remarkable cup of Mandarin tea as it will be an empty experience if one doesn’t taste one of Ceylon’s World famous cup of upcountry tea! My aunty is a very good cook and she proved her skills more by laying a scrumptious lunch table laden with yummy treats. Since my little Brother always needs to eat something that i make from my own hands, I deep fried prawns coated in egg wash, yoghurt, gram flour & breadcrumbs to make him happy too. I served the battered deep fried prawns in a green onion bed together with my previous day made mandarin salty sour pickle to add a bit of my touch to the lunch table. My aunt had made a delicious masala egg curry, potato white curry and a finely shredded cabbage leaf stir fry(Mallung). Everyone enjoyed my battered deep fried prawns and sweet & sour mandarin pickle as the two dishes complimented each other. Actually I wholeheartedly welcomed the hot rice in that cold weather as they warmed my body and soul both. I fell in love with Nawalapitiya and didn’t like to leave this cold mountainous fairy land with its own charm and Magic, hence we stayed for few more days before we bid our farewell to my Aunty and her family!
Love you All!
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乡村烹饪 cuisine de village गाँव का खाना बनाना cucina del villaggio طبخ القرية Dorfkochen 村の料理 dorp koken 마을 요리 pagluluto ng nayon деревенская кухня cozinha da vila ഗ്രാമീണ പാചകം cocina del pueblo গ্রাম রান্না vesnické vaření landsby madlavning ចម្អិនអាហារតាមភូមិ kylän ruoanlaitto गाउँ खाना पकाउने masakan desa கிராம சமையல் masakan kampung หมู่บ้านทำอาหาร gotowanie na wsi köy pişirme làng nấu ăn ရွာချက်ပြုတ် μαγειρική στο χωριό villa coctione
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