During the day my sadness was replaced by an enormous sense of well being when i looked out from the balcony. Sure the trees looked green now instead of ashen. Later a walk to the vegetable mart was like an added bonus. This vegetable market is like a bazaar which happens every Monday and one can't help but feel overwhelmed with the freshness, richness and varieties of the vegetables for sale.
i felt like a foreigner in my own country as i was not aware of the so many varieties of veggies displayed. The vendors were quite surprised to see a local asking so many questions. They thought i was from the press when i started taking pictures.
My joy at seeing such fresh produce knew no bounds. Have not seen this kind of freshness for years now. i started feeling just too good acknowledging the fact that i am placed now in an area where i have access to such fresh veggies at an affordable price.
Suddenly all things looked bright and beautiful and i felt a sort of relief like some heaviness has just been lifted off me.
On my request the seller showed me what Bathua is ( for me the forgotten green)
i know that just a handful of Bathua in any green be it spinach or mustard or even gram greens enhances the taste of the greens cooked.
Lettuce in these two striking colours looked so fresh that i felt like grabbing and chewing some, just as it was.
i have seen these for the first time. These as the seller apprised me were radish flowers called Moongri. The stalk which holds the buds are cooked as a tasty vegetable and maybe next time i will ask them to tell me some basic procedure for i feel like trying this out.
Hara Chana ie fresh green gram (behind the mushrooms in the packets)...OMG i am seeing these after so many years. Could not resist so bought these immediately.
Delectable greens...just a sight of the freshness delights the senses.
The greens seller had everything one could possibly think of. Spinach, Mustard, Drumstick greens, Fenugreek, Coriander, Mint, Bathua, Dill, and many others that i don't know the names of.
These cuties took me by surprise for i thought they were small turnips and instead they turned out to be Red Radish. i addressed them with the wrong name and was corrected by the seller.
The fresh radish looked just too white and oh ! so tempting so a couple of these went inside my shopping bag too.
Same with the fresh mushrooms and the bell peppers. The colours enticed me and i couldn't help but lovingly grab some of these.
Ber...one very significant fruit that is offered to Goddess Saraswati and it was not surprising because just a couple of days back it was Vasant Panchami also known as Saraswati Pooja.
The rich green of the lettuce was just too beautiful and i could not help but stare at it longingly like a hungry goat.
This vendor had everything right from fresh broccoli to American corn. i think i also saw what looked like black olives. But i could only be guessing here. For what looked like black olive could be Karaunda. The seller was just too busy with his customers so i have reserved this query for next Monday.
This was another new item i had never seen as being sold as a vegetable. i know it's hard to guess for what looks like pistachios are actually Drumstick flowers. i have to learn how to cook these too.
Maybe i got just too blown at looking at all these fresh veggies neatly bordering the street for i have to be very honest i was not seeing such freshness and this kind of variety in Chennai. i know that the climatic conditions are responsible for what i saw today. Not bad i said to myself. i think i am going to like this place after all. It sure will take care of my palate apart from giving me these moments of pleasure as i go about my daily chores. Who knows tomorrow i might get to see something new again.
That's it for the time being. Maybe more laters...