One evening on a boring weekday as I was waiting for a Ruby bound auto rickshaw to take me home after a tiring day at the client’s office, I suddenly noticed from quite a distance a really thin man selling something from something!! I walked up to him and just as I was going to ask some stupid ‘what are you selling’ question, I noticed what… bright red tomatoes, fresh green cucumber and fresh onions, peeled potatoes, coriander leaves, green & greener chillies, awesome smelling tamarind paani and last but not the least the little brown Chholas just sprouted. All of these the man had displayed on his huge circular basket which was perched on a circular stand on the Gariahat pavement.
Believe me it was a sight so refreshing and a smell so mouth watering! Of course I had to have that, I just couldn’t walk away from such a wonderful sight! He served quite a good amount of his chholas for just Rs. 5. The first spoonful was so tasty! I don’t know what spices he added or what other technique he used but he is skilled I have to say. My Mum always insisted right from childhood to eat কল বার করা ছোলা (sprouting grams) since those were so healthy. Now I felt glad that I can have something really healthy which can be tasty as well.
I tried my favourite on the second day with a different recipe as I wasn’t feeling the usual lethargic that evening and had been quite interested in trying a different kinda chhola, so I asked him – দাদা, সবুজ লঙ্কা দু বার করে দাও আর তেঁতুল জল দু চামচ দাও। Oh! how tremendous yummy it was! I finished it within a minute and ordered for 3 more, one more for me and the other two for Papa and Mommy. Since then it has been a regular habit to stop by the chholawala and have his wonderful chholas fondly named by me as জিভে জল আনা ছোলা or The Chakachak Chholas.
Now for the information for those who are keenly waiting to try out the chholas after reading my elaborate description. These Chholas are available at Gariahat junction which I’m sure you all must have guessed already. I don’t think the Chholawala sells in the morning. One can get only in the evening most probably 4 pm onwards. Guys you should definitely try out.
Ask him to put in lots of green chillies & tamarind paani to make it yummiest!