My last few days were tired-out in shifting our home from Udupi to Shimoga, opening up boxes, setting up the house and the kitchen, wasting time searching for little things that were strewn into random boxes during the last moments of the shift. I must say, Shimoga is absolutely a delightful place. I am mostly drawn towards places with cool weather. The journey from Udupi to Shimoga is a pleasure with the Agumbe Ghat coming along the way with its picturesque sight.
Clicking pictures all the way, I was truly happy to unravel the pretty sceneries and being a nature admirer it was a sense of satisfaction and peace that swept away my little worries. I found some strange looking creatures on the way as well and Monkeys will greet you all the way through the Agumbe Ghat.
Our home is located in a village, and when I say “a village” it means, we see cattle everywhere, tractors, corn fields, men and women working very hard to make a livelihood, simple people and greenery everywhere. This village is located 5 kms away from the city of Shimoga.
I am taken by surprise to see old men and women being active all through the day. They wake up at 6 a.m. in the mornings or sometimes earlier, clean their homes, apply rangoli on their courtyards, pray, cook and then they set out for a strenuous field work till evening comes; The reason why they are healthy, light, fit and they look very young as well.
They eat normal food like anyone. The amount of physical activity they perform all through the day is several times more strenuous than what we go through. It is a realization of how our ancestors could maintain so much of physical strength in spite of having financial crunches. These hard-working men and women are a real source of inspiration for all of us back at home and I admire the amount of their adherence towards work.
Masala Corn is a spicy snack made from steamed sweet corn kernels which is spiced with extra flavors.
- Sweet corn kernels - 2 cups
- Butter - 3 tsp
- Red Chilli Powder - 2 tsp (You can add more for extra spicyness)
- Lemon Juice - 2 tsp (You can add more for extra sourness)
- Table Salt - 1 tsp
- Water - 1 cup (For Steaming the corn)
Step 1: Steam the corn kernels with one cup of water in a pressure cooker. Let it cook until 2-3 whistles. Let the pressure cooker cool down
Step 2: After the cooling time, remove the corn kernels and strain out any extra water. You can utilize this water to make curries or soup.
Step 3: In a wok, add in the butter and cooked corn kernels and let this mixture fry for 3 minutes.
Step 4: Add in the red chilli powder, salt and lemon juice. Stir fry for another 2 minutes and serve hot or warm.