Food for the mind and the body: Project 365/6 [Jan. 12, 2012]

Food for thought: The way it was [is?] for women

On this day, in 1915, the United States’ House of Representatives rejected the proposed constitutional amendment to give nation-wide suffrage to women. In the same year, Sarojini Naidu was travelling all over India, giving fiery speeches on women’s emancipation. Four years earlier, Marie Curie had become the first woman to get a second Nobel Prize.

Food for the palate: Wheat flour dosa

The popular Indian crepe can be made in many tasty variations.  Take 2 ounces each of wheat flour and rice flour. Add salt to taste, a pinch asafoetida powder, a pinch turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon of raw cumin seeds. Mix the raw ingredients lightly and add water to make a batter of pouring consistency. Let stand for 10-15 minutes. Can also be allowed to ferment for up to 8 hours.

Heat pan, pour a ladle of batter on hot pan, tracing the dosa from circumference to centre. Sprinkle a teaspoon of oil to cover the dosa. When sides brown, flip and let cook for a few minutes. The longer you let it stay, the crisper the dosa. Remove and eat hot with chutney or pickle of your choice.



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