The art of farming 0

Though humans were nomads, civilization started with farming. Farming required that humans settle in one place, and this in turn lead to the growth of culture, race, language etc.… In another words farming is the backbone of any civilization. Great wars were fought over ownership of farm lands. Dynasties born and destroyed over them. 

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The untold story of mango pickle 0

As per a popular dictionary pickle is a relish consisting of vegetables or fruit preserved in vinegar or brine.

The term pickle is derived from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine In the United States and Canada, the word pickle  almost always refers to a pickled cucumber (other types of pickles will be described as "pickled onion", "pickled beets", etc.). In the UK pickle generally refers to ploughman's pickle, such as Branston pickle, traditionally served with a ploughman's lunch.

Let’s talk about the mainstream pickle, pickled cucumber (commonly known as a pickle in the United States and Canada or generically as gherkins in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia) is cucumber that has been pickled in a brine, vinegar, or another liquid and left to ferment for a period of time by either immersing the cucumbers in an acidic solution or through souring by lacto-fermentation.

Now let’s come to India. Like language, colors, race etc., India has vast variety of pickles and majority of them are spicy. Of course it has to be!

The one illustrated here is called tender mango pickle. In Kannada (A South Indian language) it is called ‘Midi uppinakayi/ ಮಿಡಿಉಪ್ಪಿನಕಾಯಿ. This is somewhat different from other pickles in India.

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Its not just a mustard 0

After losing her only child, Kisa Gotami became desperate and asked if anyone can help her. Her sorrow was so great that many thought she had already lost her mind. An old man told her to meet Buddha. Buddha told her that before he could bring the child back to life, she should find white mustard seeds from a family where no one had died. She desperately went from house to house, but to her disappointment, she could not find a house that had not suffered the death of a family member. Finally the realization struck her that there is no house free from mortality. She returned to the Buddha, who comforted her and preached to her the truth. She was awakened and entered the first stage of Arhatship. 

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Food culture in India 0

 

Did you know, the food culture in India is as diverse as its demography, languages, culture... And has evolved over 8000 years. 

 

Every cuisine is unique in its own way. 
This diversity unites India under one umbrella and that is the taste! 

 

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Story of steamed food 0

Steamed food is integral part of Indian cuisine, particularly in high rainfall areas like western ghat belt, north eastern zone. Also rice is the staple diet here. One reason ...

 

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It is not just a stone 0

I picked up this stone from the Nandini River, 30 years ago! Yes you heard it right, it’s the same year when my son was born. Me and my mom were walking along the shore to get a ‘perfect’ stone..............

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Birthday of Mother Earth aka Bhumi Hunnime 0

This is an interesting traditional festival. It’s called Bhumi(Earth) Hunnime(full moon). It is mostly celebrated South India, that too in western ghat sections of Karnataka, in and around Sringeri. It’s something like the birthday of mother Earth. Mixed curry of 108 variety of herbs is the speciality of this day. Yes you heard it right, its 108 types of herbs at the minimum!

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