Are you consuming pure turmeric powder or Lead Chromate & methyl yellow

Turmeric on raised bed with mulch

Turmeric plant (curcuma longa) has been cultivated in most part of India and other continents since time immoral. Cooking with turmeric powder is just a new phenomenon; almost 20 years back in Kerala people would crush it with a heavy duty mortar and pestle, which would be grinded with curry paste whenever required (You can soak them in water overnight and use next day). Industrialization gives us the modern day…

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Black Pepper endemic to western ghats of Kerala

Black pepper seed germination

Black Pepper and Long Pepper belong to piperaceae family. Black Pepper which is also known as (Kurumulaku in Malayalam – Kali Mirch in Hindi – Marich in Sanskrit) is cultivated for its fruit. Which is normally dried and used as a spice, medicine and seasoning. Black pepper is endemic to western ghats of Kerala. Since centuries India is a source of high quality pepper specially the Malabar variety. Pepper was…

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Is Kerala repeating Cuba’s path of farming?

Locall Anjarakandy river

Kerala and Cuba has undergone tremendous social reforms. They also have a lot of things in similar be it foot ball, tourism (tourism is one of the main sources of income in kerala and cuba), politics(Communist Party has high influence). It reminds me of a Malayalam movie by sreenivasan Arabikatha. Actor Srinivasan’s name in the movie is “cuba Mukundan”. He has great respect for cuba and its leaders. In the movie Mukundan…

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Successful Paddy Harvest for Actor Sreenivasan with Zero Budget Farming

Different varieties of grass with paddy (Paddy needs to be planted in line)

Sreenivasan is a Malayalam cinema actor, director and screenwriter. His most movies illustrate problems in the society which are portrayed satirically or through comedy. He has taken up the declining paddy cultivation of Kerala in real life. Wish he succeeds. His grand parents were famous farmers, Karoothoty gurikal was among them based in P.K House, Vayanthode, Mattanur, Kannur. No wonder he has nostalgia of  growing produce. Zero Budget Organic Rice cultivation by…

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Pongal or Makar Sankranthi

Jallikattu

Pongal is the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu. In fact it is celebrated all over India by different names. Since centuries people have been gathering and harvesting food, So pongal or Makar Sankranti is a way to thank nature. Pongal is important part of a Thamizhan because most people rely on agrarian activities to generate income. Pongal festival is basically cooking the Pongal dish. There are two version of pongal,…

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