#71 – Gud Jaggery, Muringakaya’s Migration, Schezwan Dosas, And More


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Cha Pornea/Eater

“Without rest, the trees would eventually die,” says Bera.

In West Bengal, Date Palm Jaggery Is a Winter Delicacy. It’s Also in Danger of Extinction.


“While there is no satisfactory study or data available on the depletion of date palm trees, the experience of longtime shuli illustrates the magnitude of the problem. When Mistry, the shuli in Nimpith, began working around 45 years ago, he would tap at least 48 to 50 trees a day. Today, he taps 12.” writes Tania Banerjee.

This is not Gud

Samia Singh/Vittles

The perils and promise of bean-to-bar chocolate


“The phrase ‘bean to bar’ subtly shifts the focus to manufacturing that happens ‘in-house’ — like sorting and grinding — rather than the agricultural work of cacao production, such as harvesting, fermenting, and drying.”

Bitter Sweet

👩‍🌾On the field💰

The Who and Where of Farm-Level Crop Diversity in Bihar
The finding that households selling higher-value produce along with a small portion of cereals tend to have more crops in the rabi season is not surprising: since growing cereals is so ubiquitous in the area, growing market crops will almost always be an additional crop, not a replacement for cereals. However, this finding does reinforce the logic, often seen in agricultural development projects, that connecting farms to markets will increase diversity.

Explained: Reining in the subsidy bill
Simply put, the post-Covid crisis led the Centre to not only distribute but also procure, unprecedented quantities of grain. The PDS — more so, the 5 kg of free grain per person per month given under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), apart from the regular 5 kg quota of wheat or rice at Rs 2 and Rs 3/kg, respectively — became the government’s preeminent social safety net programme, both during and after the lockdown.

Modi govt slashes food & fertilizer subsidies, pushes agriculture’s allied sectors in Budget
“The introduction of drones in agriculture nutrient spraying will undoubtedly provide a boost to the agriculture input industry. Spraying by drones will help save on water while increasing the uniformity and efficacy of crop protection and nutrition products,” Rajesh Aggarwal, managing director, Insecticide India Ltd, told ThePrint.

TCI to Host Webinar on Climate Change and Agriculture

Can India achieve zero hunger while significantly lowering the greenhouse gas emissions associated with its agricultural sector? The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) at Cornell University will host a webinar with leading experts to tackle this question and understand the significant challenges in achieving a zero-hunger, zero-carbon agricultural system in India.
Register Here

🌱In other news 🐜

🔬Food major Cargill opens its first Innovation Centre in India
Hindu BusinessLine

🍔What’s driving the burger boom in India?
Mint Lounge

🤑The Indian food and drink brands that wowed judges on Shark Tank India
Conde Nast Traveller

📦Dine-ins vs cloud kitchens and takeaways: How pandemic has changed the way we eat
Indian Express

👨‍🌾Hyderabad-Based Our Food Raises $6 Mn To Increase Crop Portfolio
Inc 42

🥩Waiter, there’s a pea in my steak: Veg proteins make food market sizzle
Times of India

🤖Food Waste Startup Uses AI And Blockchain To Fight Food Waste
Outlook India

🍜Yu and its instant food gambit
Forbes India


These Grants are a wonderful opportunity for chefs to attend and participate in the 2022 symposium — Portable Food

Past recipients from India are Gaurish Shyam (2021), Karan Upmanyu (2018), Girish Nayak (2017), & Elizabeth Yorke (2015)

The last date to apply is March 1st

We end our Edible Oil exploration with a whole lot of resources and more questions than ever before!

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Read the RBI’s report on Indian Agriculture’s achievements and challenges through the last year.

Food, Culture, and History

Moringa has traveled well beyond the Indian subcontinent and forged a new identity, finding its way into new recipes and uses. Rekha Warrier finds that in the era of climate change, as plants and people find themselves moving and putting down roots along new frontiers, hybrid cultures and cuisines emerge.

Love, Friendship & Muringakaya: A Story of Migration
Goya Journal

All opinions on food can be safely ignored. Eat what you enjoy and don’t hate on other people’s tastes — be it Schezwan ‘dosas’ or Maggi burgers

Why Amma’s sambar is the best: How flavours are linked to memories
Mint Lounge

Tamarind: As essential to the country’s pantry as salt.

From Chutney to Curries, This Beguiling Fruit Has Enlivened Indian Dishes For Millennia

Tales of goat milk gastronomy
Pastoral Times

The halwais have received positive responses and the future looks bright. Kodhabhai also aims to set up a Sangathan (an organization) of herders to meet the demand from sweet shops, restaurants or caterers in future and grow this into a thriving business.

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