密勒日巴和蕁麻湯 Milarepa and Nettle Soup

130403 Gangtok_001 一整天都在讀《密勒日巴十萬歌頌》中的道歌。

早茶時晃進廚房,敦祝在清理蕁麻葉,預備給我作湯。

蕁麻算是錫金特產,一年四季似乎都看得到,但只有在當地人家裡才吃的到,餐館裡沒有這道菜。

蕁麻的莖葉上都有細細的刺毛,被刺到的話會又紅又腫,痛得不行(台灣叫作“咬人貓”),所以摘菜時要很小心。敦祝是一手小心拿著莖,一手拿剪刀把嫩葉剪下;阿姨處理的話,還會帶上手套,以免不小心碰到刺。剪完後,一把菜其實能吃的部分沒有多少。

然後應該是把切碎的蒜頭加奶油爆香,再加入蕁麻葉和一小把米燉煮,葉子會自然化掉,米釋放出的酵素會讓湯變濃,最後成了一碗綠色濃湯。

I have been reading some songs from Mila Grubum these days.

Today when I stepped into the kitchen during tea time, Dondrup happened to be preparing the nettle  to cook for me.

These nettles are certainly local specialty in Sikkim. No matter which season I come, I can always spot them in the market, unlike the seasonal bamboo shoots and squash sprouts.  Nevertheless I have never seen any restaurants offering this special delicacy in the menu so this is more like a family cuisine that is not easy to get for tourists like myself.

Once got stun by these stinging nettles’ stems and leaves, it can be burning painful. Therefore, Dondrup carefully removed the young leaves with a scissor. As you can tell, the edible parts are not that much.

Then I think he fried some chopped garlic with butter, then added the nettle leaves and a small amount of rice to make a soup. The leaves would melt naturally and the yeast from the rice would make the soup thick and almost creamy. I don’t really know how he made it as the next time I saw the nettle, it had become a bowl of green soup for my lunch.

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中餐是炒萍菇、炒豆莢、蕁麻湯,還有昨天的甜菜根南瓜胡蘿蔔湯。

晚餐是奶豆腐蔬菜麵片,還有蕁麻湯。

讀了一天密勒日巴的道歌,也喝了一天他賴以維生的蕁麻湯。道歌的境界不是凡人所能覺受,蕁麻湯倒是能夠體驗,這算是我以食物跟大師結緣的特殊方式吧。

願一切眾生都能證得同密勒日巴一般的成就。

So my lunch was this nettle soup with rice, fried mushroom, beans and the beetroot pumpkin carrot soup from yesterday.

Dinner was veggie paneer thukpa and the nettle soup – I think I am the only one eating this in the family. Guess the boys are not very into these green things.

Thus I had a day of Milarepa’s songs and the nettles he used to have.

May all sentient beings attain Milarepa’s realization soon.

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