Food for the mind and the body: Countdown 365/6 [Jan. 18, 2012]

Food for thought: The ways of law and justice

Robert Gattis killed his girlfriend in a fit of anger in 1990. He was sentenced to death by the courts that heard his case. It has now been commuted to life sentence, but without parole. Robert had been subjected to continuous sexual abuse as a child. As a consequence, he was mentally ill and prone to involuntary violent impulses. [See editorial in New York Times:

Police constable, Arun Kumar, stopped three men on a bike in the wee hours of Saturday [Jan. 14] and asked the driver, an advocate, for his driving license. Arun Kumar was only doing his duty, as per the orders issued by the police commissioner’s office.  Lawyers, protesting the treatment meted out to a colleague, took out a massive procession, without the mandatory permission from the police, and paralysed the city of Bangalore, in which the incident occurred. They dispersed only after their demand to suspend the police constable was conceded. “I did not expect that I would be suspended for doing my duty,” says Arun Kumar.

Food for the palette: Sweet pumpkin and lentils

Cook four ounces of split red gram till well done. Heat a teaspoon oil in a pan, splutter mustard, add a pinch of asafoetida, 8-10 green chillis, slit, a 1/2 inch piece of ginger, grated, 4 ounces of water, and 2 cups [of approx. 4 ounces each] of sweet pumpkin cut into cubes.  Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder and let cook. When the vegetables are well cooked, add the cooked gram, salt to taste, and let simmer for about 5 minutes till gram and vegetables are well meshed. Add 1 ounce of grated fresh coconut to the thick gravy. Remove from flame and add a tablespoon of fresh lime juice. Stir. Serve with cooked rice, roti, dosa, idli.


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