Monday, November 8, 2010

Panjayeeb G'aaer



Roasting



Panjayeeb G'aaer or Punjabi Singhara (Water Chest Nuts) being sold in Srinagar. Srinagar, Nov 2010.

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Gari gojih.

(Like) the kernel of a water-chestnut (singharah).

A Kashmiri curse, meaning " May your eyes start out of your
head through trouble and sorrow." Also when a person is not sharp
at finding any thing, another person will sometimes say, " You, gari
gojih, can't you see it?"

~ from 'A Dictionary of Kashmiri Proverbs and Sayings' by James Hinton Knowles (1885).

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Aych che ya gari gojih.

2 comments:

  1. These look like chestnuts that grow on trees...not water chestnuts (from what I can make out).

    I love the everyday-life pics you post from Srinagar, but most of all, I love the food related ones! :)

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  2. I think you are right, these are chestnuts and not water chestnuts. I think that's what makes Kashmiri Singhara (those triangular things) different from Punjabi Singhara.Thanks for pointing out.

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