Summer is still here… and so are the yummy memories of childhood! Each of us will definitely agree with this fact that those roadside foods acted as little goodies and played a major role in making our childhood really special and memorable. They contributed so much in making those old days highly amazing and fascinating forever. Let’s rewind!
1) PANJU MITTAI
Tang Tang Tang! That ringing bell used to make all the kids run over it with a one or two rupee coin embraced in their tiny fist – to buy some colourful happiness for themselves. And nothing can be better than sweet Panju Mittai.
The most effective way of eating and playing at the same time was to have – crunchy finger chips.
No one could ever say that they never had these teeth-thundering bites of super-tangy Nellikaais – especially while going back home after school. That peculiar sour taste of Nellikaais is truly unforgettable.
All kids used to fight amongst themselves to pick up a sugar candy of their favourite colour. Just a few lights chews, and it used to melt right there inside your mouth giving a delightful taste and aroma. Their different colours with different flavours have made ‘n’ number of childhoods impeccable.
These black gems of Naagapazham were a mere time-pass while travelling to your grandparents’ home during vacation. It leaves your mouth with a dark violet colour which used to become a reason for many kids to play “Bhooth-Bhooth”!
Big and generous balls of puffed rice glued with jaggery were a power-packed snack. Totally delicious! During grand festivals like Diwali & Pongal, Pori Urundai were prepared in each Indian home being a part of the culture and tradition.
Another way for kids to do their two favourite things at the same time, that is “eating” and “playing” was these amazing edible toys made of sugar candy. Their sellers were true artists. They used to create different shapes and objects out of it like doll, necklace, teddy, fruits etc.
All the moms got tired by suggesting their children not to eat Kodakkapalli – as it will choke your throat…. But as you know kids are kids! The dual taste of Kodakkapalli (dry and sweet at the same time) was so attractive that there is no child left who didn’t get a rough throat due to eating those yummy lumps.