Food for the mind and the body: Project 365/6 [Jan. 19, 2012]

Food for thought: Love and politics! And an amazing survival story

A regional party in India has promised more parks for lovers, and has promised an end to ‘moral policing.’ So, what is the name of the party? ‘Love Party’ of course! And, this is for real. They are actually campagining for a forthcoming state election and have already announced the names of candidates for a hundred constituencies in elections for a state assembly with more than four hundred seats.

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And, in another amazing story, on the other side of the globe, Yong Chun Kim, a resident of Tacoma in Washington, got lost in a blizzard when climbing the volcanic Mount Rainier. He kept alive by burning money and socks for warmth. Kim is sixty-six.

Food for the palate: Okra [lady’s finger]  menthya kuzhambu: a spicy soup with the goodness of fenugreek

Soak a small lime-sized ball of tamarind in about 4 ounces of water. Grind to a fine powder 1 teaspoon of raw mustard, 4 red chillis, 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan, splutter mustard, add a pinch of asafoetida and 1 teaspoon of split bengal gram. When gram browns, add 200 gm of okra cut into inch-sized pieces, stir a minute, add the powdered spices, 1 teaspoon of bengal gram flour, 1/2 a teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon of rasam powder [see earlier post for recipe or use search on top] stir a second, add tamarind water, a tiny piece of jaggery, salt to taste, and bring to a boil. Let simmer on low flame till vegetables are cooked and a thickish consistency is reached. Goes well with roti, poori, dosa, idli or hot cooked rice, particularly with some crisp savories as a side dish.

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