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.
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.
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.
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.’