Tuesday, February 15, 2011
It's all about the coconut
Coconut is a very common food in South India. It can be found in chutneys, vegetables, desserts, you name it.
I've got quite a few coconut trees growing where I am staying.
Right outside the shala is the coconut man. I can't remember his name, but his father did the same thing before him, when Guruji (Sri K. Pattabhi Jois) was alive. Immediately after practice you can purchase coconuts from him. The water is so refreshing, especially after sweating profusely during practice.
He uses a mean looking knife to open the husk for you to drink the water.
But the best part of the coconut is the"gungy," or meat inside. When you finish drinking, he will cut open the coconut and scoop it out for you. I could eat these all day, but try to limit to 2-3.
So how much does this delicious treat cost? 10 rupees/coconut! The conversion is about 45 rupees to the dollar, so you do the math. I think I may go have one for lunch.