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BASMATI

By Sreedevi Lekshmikutty On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

Basmati rice invokes aroma, taste and lovely long grains of white rice in all our minds. We wait for an opportunity to cook a special meal with this rice and are proud of this wonderful variety. In the West, Basmati rice is associated with India, Indian food, Indian shops and restaurants. What is the reality of Basmati rice? Are we really growing t ... read full article

Visit to Sagar Island, Sunderbans, West Bengal

By Ushakumari S On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

Himanshu Mondal has been inviting us to visit his Sagar Island since 2011. During our last Bengal visit in 2012 we had actually reached Kakdwip, but could not cross the river due to heavy rain and storm. From there one has to take a boat to cross the river that seems like the sea (known as Hooghly river or Muriganga river locally) to reach Sagar Is ... read full article

THROUGH KARNATAKA IN SEARCH OF RICE SEEDS, FOOD AND FARMERS- Part 2

By Sreedevi Lekshmikutty On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

From Bhadravati it was almost a two hour drive to Nandish’s home in Shikaripur (the name sounds straight out a hunting story). Nandish is a prominent organic rice farmer known for his path breaking approach ( legume logic and other new experiments ) and we were looking forward to seeing his farm, home and experiencing his lifestyle. Our visit with ... read full article

Who is afraid of red rice?

By Sreedevi Lekshmikutty On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

Make the pretty red grains a part of your daily meal, as the much-maligned red rice is actually a healthy choice “Try it,” I urge my friend, who is sceptical of making idlis with red rice. She is of the school that believes that rice leads to weight gain and causes diabetes. I send her some ponmani red rice and ask her to make idlis. “Three is to ... read full article

Eating our way to rice-diversity

By Sreedevi Lekshmikutty On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

Recently, studies have established that the causative link to diabetes is with “polished white rice” not any rice. It is increasingly being established that unpolished red and brown rice do not cause diabetes. Rice is my soul food, what I long for when I am hungry and what I miss when I don’t get it. Belonging to the post-green revolution generatio ... read full article

Rice to the occasion

By Sreedevi Lekshmikutty On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

This Pongal, celebrate Nature’s bounty by trying out some indigenous varieties of rice. When we began our rice- with- bran experiment 10 years back, I proudly presented the unpolished, small grained organically grown Komal rice from a friend’s farm near Mumbai; our son looked at his plate and balefully asked, “Can we have some normal food in this ... read full article

Eat Organic!

By Sreedevi Lekshmikutty On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

Sreedevi Lakshmi Kutty believes that we are at the crossroads today with our food threatened from all sides by toxins, genetic modification, cloning, additives, preservatives, antibiotics, hormones, and denaturing through processing. Organic is the answer The highpoint of my week is the visit to the weekly organic farmer’s market in the city centr ... read full article

Bugs in my dal!

By Sreedevi Lekshmikutty On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

How does one deal with the pests that infest your provisions? We list out a few simple tips to keep them away Earlier, many families bought grains in bulk, which was then periodically dried in the sun and later packed into containers. ... read full article

Black and beautiful

By Sreedevi Lekshmikutty On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

Omana amma would walk in mid morning with a day’s worth of betel leaf and a beautiful smile. She would settle down to leisurely exchange of the day’s news with my mother. Half an hour later, she would chop vegetables and build a small fire in the two wood stoves in the kitchen annexe. In the next hour, delicious aromas would waft from thekalchattis ... read full article

Beyond basmati

By Sreedevi Lekshmikutty On 14 May 2019 | Category : Agriculture

Over 300 fragrant rice varieties are being rescued from obscurity and extinction by committed farmers ... read full article