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Curry Leaf Thief (standard:Flash, 624 words)
Author: JuggernautAdded: Dec 22 2012Views/Reads: 1053/643Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Curry is an integrel part of Indian cooking. Curry ain't curry without curry leaves. Few Indians like Juggernaut sometimes resort to stealing curry leaves to satisfy their curry taste.
 



Curry Leaf Thief 

Subba Rao 

“I notice my curry plant loosing leaves steadily from the 

bottom up, I am wondering if you Juggernaut has something to do with 

it,” said Mia looking at her curry plant, around 3 feet high with lush 

green tender  leaves on the upper branches and leafless lower branches. 

Mia first tasted curry during her visit to South India three decades 

ago to attend her friend's wedding, ever since she hooked on to curry. 

When she saw a curry plant for sale at a local nursery few years ago, 

she purchased and planted just outside her front porch among other 

plants mostly flowering plants. 

“Me, no why should I pick curry leaves?” Juggernaut looked at 

Mia with a look of surprise. 

“Well, I am not blaming you of any grand theft or calling you 

curry leaf thief, I just thought you might have pick some leaves 

steadily to make curry.” 

“Since I am an Indian you were blaming me for the missing curry 

leaves, you do get other visitors besides me. Also you have 4 goats, 

one donkey and a horse not mentioning few rabbits and free-range 

chickens running around in your yard, any one of them could have chewed 

up curry leaves.” 

“The goats, donkey and horse were fenced and the rabbits always 

in the cage, I doubt the chickens are interested in curry leaves, 

besides if any animal got loose and like to devour a plant, it may eat 

the entire plant, not systematic disappearance of leaves gradually from 

the lower branch towards the upper branches, it seems somebody 

carefully selecting the leaves to pick,” Mia gave a look of a 

detective.” 

“Well, I was making sambar the other day, without curry leaves 

Sambar ain't sambar, so I picked few leaves,” Juggernaut looked 

apologetic.” 

“That's fine, you could have mentioned to me. I did remember 

you sharing delicious sambar with me the other day, I liked its strong 

curry leaf flavor, I wondered how you got the curry flavor, and it 

didn't occur to me that it came from my curry plant.” 

“Remember the egg plant curry I made few weeks ago you said you 

loved it.” 

“Yeah.” 


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