Food for the mind and the body: Project 365/6 [Jan. 13, 2012]

Food for thought: The day of the animals!

In what is probably the first event of its kind in the ~1700 year history of the Holy See, a rare Cuban crocodile was given as a present to the Pope.

And, in the tropical forests of Papua New Guinea, a speckled red and black frog measuring just 7.7 mm in length has been discovered. Called Paedophryne amanuensis, it is considered to be the the smallest known vertebrate in the world.

Food for the palate: Thayir sadam [Also called curd rice]

Cook 4 ounces of raw rice in liquid that has equal proportion of water and milk. Cook rice soft and mushy. Add ½ a teaspoon salt to the cooked rice and mash it well till it is like a round ball. After it cools a bit, add 2 teaspoons of curds and about ½ a litre of milk. Mix well and leave for 6-8 hours. Eat as is or season with ½ a teaspoon each of mustard and split black gram roasted in ½ a teaspoon of ghee. Add a pinch of asafoetida and a few curry leaves pinched into bits to the hot ghee before pouring the seasoning on to the curd rice.

Good to pack for travel or picnics on a hot day. Also, can be prepared at night for eating early morning on a busy day. Goes well with any salad or pickle.

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