Dhampur Speaks — traditional

THE IRRESISTABLE CULT: KALA KHATTA BARF-KA-GOLA

THE IRRESISTABLE CULT: KALA KHATTA BARF-KA-GOLA

If you grew up in the 80s and early 90s, chuskis and golas were your dreams, whose mention gave you goosebumps, as the Indian traveller hadn’t ventured into global cuisines enroute his many globe-trotting escapades. Over the decades, traditionally-inspired chefs remodelled the once-taboo street-treats into a new avatar, actually a gourmet delicacy, in restaurants and ice-cream bars. The ‘loved-by-one-and-all’ roadside Kala khatta ‘chuski’ aka ice gola aka ice cream soda float- the one that tops the list of guilty pleasures of the edible variety- the one that was a cult- has repearedly been reinvented into hand-crafted signature molecular desserts and...

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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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Jaggery: medicinal sugar, immunity-booster, and much more

Jaggery: medicinal sugar, immunity-booster, and much more

Jaggery is a traditional raw sugar produced and consumed throughout the world. It is produced almost in 25 countries under different names with a total production of 13 million tonnes per year. Derived from evaporated sugar cane juice, it’s a non-centrifugal sugar product that retains all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants of the sugarcane plant. A perfect alternative for everything from coffee and tea to baking and cooking, it’s also a sustainable product that’s produced with environmentally-conscious technologies. Now that you know it is healthy, wholesome, environment-friendly, promotes sustainability, it’s time to try it for yourself. Try the liquid jaggery,...

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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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