We have started to harvest our turmeric/haldi & its been quite a satisfying experience. Basically i am satisfied with the quality of the rhizomes, which means we have good planting material, good for pickling & a powder which is full of aroma & fragrance. In Indian cooking at least half tsp of turmeric powder is used everyday, many people use it to apply on their skins, and also is used extensively in weddings, its applied on wounds & we also put a spoon of haldi powder in the drinking water of our hens.
Sadly the turmeric powder which is available in the market is adulterated with colours like Metanil yellow & sometimes Red Oxide of Lead
The process of making the powder is simple.
- Boil the rhizomes till they are soft enough for a matchstick to go through it.
- Dry it in the sun for a few days
- Scrape it in a gunny bag to remove the skin
- Take it to the mill & make the powder
Peace, love & if anyone needs one of this sublime gift from our soil; please do contact us.
“…………….On February 16, 2015, Govind Pansare, a public intellectual and rationalist, was shot at, at point-blank range, outside his house in Kolhapur. His English translation of Shivaji Kon Hota? from the Marathi original of a 1987 speech was one among many important quick turnaround books published after the murder to retrieve the texts and ideas for which Pansare, Narendra Dabholkar and M.M. Kalburgi were killed. Indeed, Kalburgi’s murder, in August this year, turned out to be a tipping point, and sparked a movement by writers and artists to protest increasing incidents of intolerance in India. Writers, with Nayantara Sahgal among the most prominent and articulate in stating their concern, returned their Sahitya Akademi awards, to protest the institution’s — and the Central government’s — inaction on defending freedom of speech and expression. Soon enough, the movement caught the imagination of civil society — with film directors, artists and scientists joining the protests, and leading historians issuing statements — and the questions raised will surely continue to demand answers in the new year………….”
adios till 2016 with despair & hope