Day 16 of the March SOLSC! #SOL21

I am reading a fascinating commentary on Mahabharata by Chaturvedi Badrinath.  I am in the second chapter now. In the first chapter the author writes about food and water in the Upanishads and in Mahabharata. Both placed the greatest emphasis on food as the foundation of everything.  Food and water were considered as the highest gifts one could give to others. One Upanishad states, ‘Whatever lives on this earth, is born of food, is sustained by food, and at the end reverts to the earth which itself is born of food.’

As I was reading this my thoughts went to our temples where anyone reaching at lunch time are offered food. Last January we were in Amritsar.  At the Golden temple and in all Gurudwaras, people can partake breakfast, lunch and dinner for free. This is langar, the community kitchen of the Gurdwara. When in Amritsar we ate food in the gurudwaras and they were experiences of a life time. 

Food in the Golden temple langar hall.

For us breakfast is an important meal of the day. I usually make different types of dosas.  For a change I make idlis,  rice balls or sago kichdi or beaten rice usli or rotti from rice or whole wheat. But I make rottis on weekends as they take more time.

Idlis
Small dosas for our granddaughter 😊
Whole wheat rotti

What we eat for breakfast is different in different parts of our country.  In our village we eat boiled rice conji in the morning. When we were in Uttarakhand a few years ago we enjoyed aloo parathas with pickles. In Amritsar it was kulchas. 

in McleodGanj

Whenever we go to a place we love to taste the local cuisine. I wonder when we will be able to go on a vacation? Many have started traveling but we will wait for some more time.

‘ Thin and crisp dosas
  Are as tasty as soft ones,
  Good start to a day.’

https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/sabudana-khichdi-navratri-vrat-recipe/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langar_(Sikhism)

https://hebbarskitchen.com/khara-avalakki-recipe-karnataka-style-poha-recipe-flavored-beaten-rice-recipe/

https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/akki-roti-recipe/

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

10 comments

  1. I loved seeing the pictures that accompanied your descriptions of the food. It reminded me of the beauty and importance of food (as you were writing about in the beginning). Now I’m hungry 🙂

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  2. I love seeing the pictures of your food along with your descriptions. So much of culture is found in our food and sharing our food with those we love. I enjoy hearing about your customs of eating food at the temple and with your family.

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  3. I absolutely love dosas, though not usually for breakfast, more for lunch, the rest of my family also love idlis but I find them tasteless even with chutney. Rotti sounds delicious and I’m always amazed at the variety of different foods Indians cook for breakfast (and every other meal).
    It is amazing how they serve food for everyone in the gurudwaras. There is one in Shillong and when we came back here into quarantine, they offered to provide food for hotel guests in Adelaide.

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