Friday, August 9, 2013

English story - WONDERFUL WASTE!- reading exercise

Once, the Maharaja of Travancore ordered a grand dinner in his palace. In the afternoon before the dinner, the Maharaja
entered the kitchen to survey the dishes that had been prepared for the feast.

"What are you going to do with those vegetable scraps?" he asked the cook, pointing to the basket of scraps near the cook.
The cook replied, “They are waste. We will throw them away."

"You cannot waste all these bits and pieces of vegetables. Find a way to use them."
the Maharaja commanded sternly and walked away.

The cook was in a fix and kept staring at the vegetable scraps fur sonic time. Suddenly, an idea flashed across
his mind.

He took all the vegetable bits, washed them and cleaned them well.

Then he cut them into long strips. He put them in a huge pot and placed it on the fire to cook.
Next, he ground some fresh coconut, green chilies and garlic together. He added this
paste and some salt to the cooking vegetables.

A tempting smell started coming from the pot. Now he whipped some curd and added it to the curry.
He also poured a few spoonfuls of coconut oil and decorated the dish with curry leaves.

Lo and behold! The new dish was ready. The cook served this new dish to the guests that evening.

Everyone was eager to know the name of the new dish. The cook thought and thought. Then a name came to
his mind. He named it avial

Avial became famous all over Kerala and is now one of the dishes in a traditional Kerala feast.
And imagine, it all came from a basket of waste!

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