Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Summer is in. All the children are waiting for the vacation. During our childhood, the whole year we used to wait for this long holidays which lasted for more than 2 months. Every year, the postman used to bring the result on April 10. We all used to roam the whole area to search the postman! And once we spot him, we used to attack him!! Poor man!!! But he always gave our result without scolding us! He knew our tension!
We used to play lot of games and have lot of things to eat! In those, this Chigali or Tamarind lolly pop was very popular. We all used to enjoy the tangy, spicy taste of this lolly pop. We all children used to bring each ingredient from our house. Then a elder one in our group used to prepare it.If you don't have mortar and pestle, you can try in a blender or grinder. But it tastes good if you use mortar and pestle.
Ingredients are very simple and easily available at home.
Fresh Tamarind - 1 bowl, clean, remove seeds.
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 lines
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 1 to 2 tbsp
Jaggery - 2 tbsp
Lemon leaves - few(Optional, if you have lime tree near by!)
First make the tamarind little soft then add all other ingredients. Crush is till the tamarind becomes full soft and other ingredients blend with it nicely.
Tamarind lolly pop or CHIGALI is ready to eat. We used to stick the balls to neem sticks or match stick or small spoon. We used to enjoy it for very long time, some times more than two hours!!!
This is going to my event Forgotten Indian games!! (Edited and re written), ...
I am still waiting for your participation for my event!! Rush in your entries!!
I am sending this to PJ's (Seduce Your Tastebuds) ongoing event Think Spice - Tamarind, which is a brain child of Sunitha of Sunita's World.
So I am linking this post to Sunita's Think spice page. I hope every one will enjoy these lolly pops!!