Food for the mind and the body: Countdown 365/6 [Feb. 4, 2012]

Food for thought: Villagers stand up for their hero, 200 years later

Rayanna was a 19th century freedom fighter from the south Indian state of Karnataka. A recent, big-budget regional film portraying him has landed in a soup for not being true to history. What is remarkable is that the objections have come not from scholars and academics, but from the people of Rayanna’s village, Sangolli, in the Bailhongal taluk of Karnataka. Rayanna was a bachelor, who fought guerrilla-style and never wore an armour or rode a horse when doing so. The film portrays him wrongly on all these counts, said the village leaders who chose to approach the media to make this public.

Food for the body: Quick chana masala

Soak 4 ounces of chick peas overnight and cook, with 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, an inch stick of cinnamon, and sufficient salt, till soft. Heat a teaspoon ghee/ oil in a pan, roast for a few seconds 2 teaspoons of coriander powder, 1 teaspoon of cumin powder, and a teaspoon of grated ginger. Add cooked chana with water to immerse fully, add 1 teaspoon chilli powder and 1 slit green chilli. Let boil till it becomes thick. Help it along by squashing the chana slightly- without completely mashing it up –  so that it all comes together. After 10 minutes, add a teaspoon of garam masala, and cut coriander leaves for garnish, adjust salt and remove from heat. Goes well as a snack by itself, with raw bread slices, or roti. Some also like it with rice or even dosa!



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