My father is a kind of person who would never sit idle or relax with a book and coffee. When he was running Udupi Hotel in northern part of Karnataka, he had hectic schedule and was occupied 24×7 through out the year. In my childhood I have never seen him enjoying holidays or vacation. Now though he is retired from his business, he has kept himself occupied and active all the time.
One of the activity that keeps him energetic now is gardening. At any time of day you can find him watering plants, fertilizing, composting, seeding and/or cleaning the weeds. He nurtures the plants and trees carefully just like his kids. My mother gets most vegetables for her day-to-day cooking from this backyard vegetable garden itself. Whenever I visit home, I get to taste homegrown, organic vegetables available in that season. It’s heaven to taste dishes that are lovingly cooked by mother using such homegrown vegetables that are passionately nurtured by father. Truly I am blessed to relish them.
I too have few pots on the terrace growing few herbs and flowers. As I add kitchen waste to the pots to make the soil fertile, sometimes those seeds themselves tend to raise. Such a tomato plant yielded around 10 to 15 tomatoes yesterday, my joy knew no bounds and I enthusiastically prepared green tomato chutney. Tangy, creamy green tomato chutney with a hint of spice from green chilly was really superb. Paired it with steamed rice and relished to our heart’s content. Read on the recipe and feel the perfect taste.