Dhampur Speaks — khandsari

Forgotten foods are fresh on our palates!

Forgotten foods are fresh on our palates!

Forgotten foods are fresh on our palates! We humans, are a very unique breed. We take so many things for granted, one being home-cooked food, cooked by our mothers and grandmothers. Having said that, cooking these days is with more and more emphasis on healthy and traditional eating. The forgotten foods are back with a new vibe! No matter who you have become, or what traditions you follow now, sometimes all of us want to go back in time, to those good-old-days and relive some cherished memories again. Realising the importance of some recipes which our grandmothers and mothers cooked,...

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Is sugarcane only a villian?

Is sugarcane only a villian?

“Don’t cut trees”, is what I’ve heard ever since I was a child. “Use less paper", “Don’t waste paper”, is what I find myself telling everyone in office, all the time, and this isn’t even over-rated. Thanks to the e-revolution, normal snail mail is replaced by email and technology has certainly reduced our dependence on paper. Ironically enough, we, the generation ’Z’, have started using more plastic bottles, and plastic-ware in the kitchen. Some sane minds have started paper straws and disposable paper-ware boxes for food. Albeit, it is still paper! Still not eco-friendly enough. We talk about being eco-friendly,...

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Jaggery-making: challenges of this cottage industry

Jaggery-making: challenges of this cottage industry

  Predominantly, the Indian population is rural, with more than 65% of the population living in the villages. Majority of Indian population suffers either under-nutrition and/ or malnutrition. We are forever looking for ways and means to enhance health of the population. Herein, jaggery, being the wholesome medicinal sugar, comes to the rescue. Jaggery is not only nutritious but also easily available to rural India.   Typically to make jaggery, i.e. gur, the filtered cane juice is pumped into open pans, kept on a triple pan furnace, fired with the bagasse. The juice is clarified with traditional herbal clarificants, thereby...

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