Food for the mind and the body: Countdown 365/6 [Jan. 7, 2012]

Food for thought: Proud to be Indian, fascinating to be human

‘Build an honest nation’: This is the message a group of young Indians wants to take to every nook and corner of the country. And, they’re doing this by simply walking across the nation. They have already walked about 700 kilometres, from the southern tip of India, Kanyakumari, and reached Bangalore. They have another 2000 plus kilometres to go. They call themselves simply, ‘Proud Indians.’ They began their journey on December 16th and hope to reach the country’s capital, New Delhi, by April 7th.

Other fascinating facets of our fellow beings: Danielle Radcliffe says, ‘I got paid so well for doing the “Harry Potter” films, it’s ridiculous. If somebody asked me, “Did you think you deserve that money?” No, of course, I didn’t…’  He says he feels a ‘moral imperative’ to help others.

Food for the palate: Mustard-lime rice   [with apologies to Kadugoharai, a traditional mustard rice preparation from Mysore, India]

Cook about four ounces of rice and keep aside to cool. Grind to a fine powder two teaspoons of raw mustard, 5 red chillis, 1/2 a teaspoon turmeric powder and a pinch of asafoetida. Mix into cooled rice, along with 3 tablespoons of raw groundnut oil [each cooking oil would give the rice its own distinct flavour].

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan, roast 1/2 a handful of groundnuts [peanuts] till crisp, add a few curry leaves pinched into bits, add 2 tablespoons of grated coconut, 1 ounce of fresh lime juice, stir a few seconds, and add the rice to the seasoning. Add salt to taste, and stir in pan, over a slow flame, for a few minutes till rice, spices and seasoning are well blended. Serve hot or cooled.

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