Monday, August 25, 2008

The Sixties, Sobre Las Olas and Raja's Special!

The Sixties, Sobre las Olas and Raja's Special
It was the early sixties. Father took us on long drives almost every day, in spite of his multifarious activities. His blue coloured Companion van was perfect for our family. The four of us brothers and sisters fitted well in the long back seat, while father drove with mother by his side. My brothers monkeyed around by jumping back into the open boot and hopped back to the back seat as and when they liked.
A picnic dinner at the grand Lalitha Mahal Palace (it was not a hotel at that point of time!)which stood at the foot of Chamundi hills was a frequent agenda. Mother packed our favourite sambar rice and curd rice, with vadams (rice crispies) and pickles for the much awaited dinner. But the high light of the dinner was the special parcel and a crate of Fanta Orange which we picked up from the Sports Club on our way.
There was a sprawling lawn and a grand fountain in front of the palace. On the opposite side huge flights of steps landed us in different levels of gardens. The domes on the lamp posts at frequent intervals shed cool dim light like the moon. We parked our Companion Van in front of the stairs and carried all our paraphernalia to one of the landing which again had a huge fountain in the center.

Father took out the gramophone from the boot and turned the handle to play our favourite records. We loved to dance to “Chinkey Butterfly” which was a fast number, and Over the Waves or Sobre Las Olas which was a waltz. Father joined us in the fun while mother filled up our dinner plates. The lone watch man or the occasional wild wolves which came down the hill did not interrupt our merriment. The cool breeze and the privacy in the expanse of nature, under the star lit sky is most unforgettable.
And then it was time to open the parcel ! All of us pounced on it to take a big helping of the Raja's Special and Peas on Toast. Raja's Special of yore is masala nuts of the present day. It seems this was the Raja’s favourite dish prepared at the Sports Club, and hence goes by the name Raja's Special.

Peanuts – 500 gms
Onion – 2
Green chillies -3
Salt – 1 tsp
Lime – 1
Cooking oil- 1tsp
Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
Fresh chopped coriander leaves -1/2 cup
1. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.
2. When it splutters add finely chopped green chillies.
3. Add peanuts and roast till they crack, and allow to cool.
4. Add finely chopped onions, salt and the juice of lime.
5. Shake all ingredients in a vessel covered with a lid to blend well.
6. Top it with coriander leaves.
Munch along as you watch your favourite movie, or as you watch this quaint version of Over the Waves or Sobre Las Olas!

8 Post your Comments:

Arundathi said...

ohmygoodness! lol! havent had Raja's Special in about 20 years! thanks for reminding me! we used to love these when we were growing up!

notyet100 said...

enjoyed readin ur post,....raja special is delcious,..

YOSEE said...

Sigh! "Those were the days,my friend! I thought they'd never end !" ( BTW, that was also a popular song of the period). Abs. ecstatic to hear the good old over-the-waves.Pat on the back for excavating an old relic ! feel like have having Raja Special immediately !

Unknown said...

Nice post and a delicious way to have peanuts will try this soon for sure :)

anudivya said...

Hey that so looks like the "sundal" we get from vendors in India. Dont know when the transformation happened but I just love it!

Dibs said...

Arundathi - Welcome, guess you grew up in Mysore!

Notyet100 - Thanks!

Yosee - there are heaps of version of Over the waves in You Tube. I liked this visual the most! :-)

Usha - yes - its very addictive!

Divya - hmm you are right ...quite sundal-ish isn't it? This is apparanetly a very old Mysore Sports club speciality ...from the Wodeyar days! maybe since 1950s - 1960s, if not earlier!

bee said...

thanks for dropping by and for your kind words. raja's special looks truly wholesome and delicious. .

Anonymous said...

nice to see the old gramaphone and raja special. you have forgotten one thing that is peace on toast. this was a great hot item also.

You also remember how the fanta bottles once became missiles and started flying inside the car!!!!!


The wolves were very much like alsation dogs and we did not know the danger then. we scared them away by running towards them. It is said that there is only one wolf sanctuary in India and that too in Malkote. I had the fortune of trekking the place which really looks like some Jurassic park. there are insect eating plants like drosara sun due and oldest plant species like agaricus.

So what a great time we had in having wolves in chamundi itself!!!!!!!!!!