FIVE PHOTOS FIVE STORIES: Let’s go to Hurda Party ( Day 2)

“Have you ever tasted Hurda?” inquired my husband.

“Now what’s that? Never heard about it.” I questioned.

“Even I didn’t get the chance before. Now we have. It is nothing but coal roasted tender jowar, supposed to be healthy yet tasty. Get ready for the ‘Hurda Party’. Here is the invitation from Nath Group. It sounds fun.”

Jowar and tasty? huh ! I had doubts. We left for the event. The venue was  located in the outskirts of the city. It took us an hour to reach.

Well it was actually a colorful event ! It was like Roy G. Biv event with lot of fun activities planned based mainly on hurda. At the entrance we saw some very creative floor designs/rangolis made out of vegetables, dry chillies, corns and cereals. I started taking pictures at once which made my son uncomfortable.  DSC07242 DSC07243 Around four hundred people were gathered in a lush green ground near the fields enjoying farm fresh products near the stalls. There were freshly plucked guavas, radish, roasted tender jowar, fresh curd, bananas, boiled corns Oh yes ! Hurda was the show stealer along with other cereals, served on a platter. I was tempted to taste all. Irresistible food it was !

The green cereal is hurda/coal roasted jowar
The green cereal is hurda/coal roasted jowar

Hurda is roasted on coal in mud pits which gives it an earthy taste. This freshly roasted hurda is then eaten with an accompaniment of various types of chutneys made of sesame seeds, groundnut, dry coconut, garlic and red chillies. Additives like jaggery, revdi, lime and miri shev make the experience all the more interesting. As people were there from morning till late afternoon, spent more than half of a day at the farms, a proper meal was laid out in one of the stalls that comprise a typical menu of jowar and bajra rotis, pithla and vangyachi bhaji. Sugarcane juice was one of the most sought after stall. It was so naturally sweet ! I had three glasses full. Store house of energy I must say. Cost of food was included in the entry ticket.

Traditional Maharashtrian food
Traditional Maharashtrian food

The concept of  hurda parties is not new for locals. Out here in Maharashtra these events are annual feature especially in Marochi Chincholi which is 55 kms away from Pune and  in Aurangabad. Conventionally people organize farm visits every year in the period between December and March to feast on hurda. Over the years this simple celebration has turned into a lively event with a lot of other attractions that provide people a glimpse of rural life.” DSC07255 While we were chatting with one of the party organizer, he said, “Earlier this outing had an objective of tasting farm fresh food but now there are other add-ons for the people like, bullock cart rides, games, rangoli competition etc. People also love to try their hands at ploughing the fields, plucking fresh vegetables and flowers, enjoy the swings brought for children.” The event was held for two days.

It was a memorable experience as we got a chance to venture into the jamun, mango and custard apple orchards located in the area. We felt positive energy as if we were connected to our roots.” Thanks Nath Group for making our day so lively and healthy.

Colorful attires healthy food
Colorful attires healthy food


You all must be aware of this challenge by now. I was so thrilled when Cee at Cee’s Photography Blog asked me to join for this challenge. On the same day Marilyn also asked me whether I would be interested in it. I said, ” Why not ?” It offers so much fun and creativity and moreover all my friends seem to enjoying this.

The rules of Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo (or more!) each day for five consecutive days.

2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or nothing more than a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to you.

3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is supposed to be fun. It is not a command performance!

Today I would like to invite my friend Ledrakenoir who happens to be a great photographer as well as a gifted writer. He was among those first few blogger friends who have always supported me since I have started blogging. He is elder and a well -wisher. He may not comment on all my posts but always make me feel that he is there appreciating my work with his surprise feedbacks. You may like to visit his wonderful blog and enjoy his superb work. Have a good day.



22 Responses

      1. OH I didn’t make all of them though, But Vancouver is well known for having foods from all around the world, we even pride ourselves on that 🙂

      2. I know those bakery items were from a very famous bakery. I was hinting at the post where you shared the dish you made for daughter.

      3. Ah..gotcha and thank you again 🙂 I love making dishes for my daughter to enjoy, She thanks me with her sweet smile and I think ‘success!’ 😀

    1. Thanks a ton for responding so quick though you always do it through your likes and I know you are there. I have invited you without taking your views on it I hope you won’t mind it. You as it is write such meaningful lines for your marvelous shots so I thought of you. Entirely up to you.

      1. You are much too kind to me, but admited I appreciate your words
        even I’m not so old – not 100 yet… 😀

        Yeah you wonderful spirited soul, I’ll accept your challenge,
        I’m the kind of guy who hardly can reject challenges… 😀

  1. I love learning new things and I learned a lot of new things from this post. I learned that Jowar is Sorghum, for one thing … a grain I have not yet tried using, but I think I’ll give it whirl since it is available and sounds like a healthy addition to our diet. The pictures are beautiful, bright with color and your writing is lively and informative. I’m so glad you joined the dhallenge!

    1. I am honored. Always yours coz you keep inspiring.Why shouldn’t I join you when there is so much learning and fun. Your five precious comments will be my reward. What’s say?

      1. I love Indian food. We have a nice Indian restaurant here, and we had dinner there a week ago. 🙂

  2. I lived two years with a family from North India/Pakistan. She was Swiss, but I know the indian food quite well, although I had never heard of hurda. Probably I only knew the Urdo names. In any case I love indian food and your photos show it all in wonderful colours.

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