Monday, December 26, 2011
Celebrate winter the Bhutanese way!
You must have heard of those Bhutanese, who travel abroad and almost die from extreme craving for food back home. I am one of that species.
I love our food. It is often accused of being too spicy, too oily and even too salty at times. But it works well with my taste buds.
With the winter months on, my love affair with food gets even more serious. The season is about eating more, but it is also about moving around less, which means putting on extra calories. Which is not what I am really worried about.
Perhaps the best part about winter is the dried red chili. I know the cold season is just round the corner when I drive past houses and see windows and verandahs decorated with strings of red chili. I can see the winter sun working on them diligently.
Like any normal Bhutanese, I love chili for reasons I hardly care to find out. And the dried ones are even better. It effortlessly blends with every other item. Shakam with red chili, vegetables with red chili, or red chili with cheese!
Just the thought of these combinations makes my mouth water. But well, what comes after eating it is a different story of course. After all these years, our very own inured Bhutanese stomachs let us down quite often. You are forced to remain confined within the four walls of the bathroom, at times spending painful hours.
That’s the only moment a thought to reduce or even stop intake of chili crosses your mind. But that thought lasts only till another red-hot dish is laid in front of you.
As long as there is dried chili, my days will always be special. And I personally don’t mind reliving the ordeal in the toilet.