The influence of the Western Food on South India is not noticed by many of us, as we are not conscious of proselytism.
We are being changed without being aware of it.
First, the eating Habits.
Normally South India takes meals in the morning,refreshments in the afternoon and meals at night.
This consisted of a healthy, yet not taxing to the stomach.
Then came the habit of the British Culture.
Breakfast-Are we breaking a fast from 10 pm the last night?
Evening Tea(?) substituted by us with refreshments.
Then Dinner or Supper.
I am not sure how many know the difference between Supper and Dinner!
Timings: Around 8.30 am,1 pm,4, 7 pm and 10 pm.
Compare this with South Indian Timings ; 10 am,4 pm,7 to 8 pm.
Jainism and Hinduism lay stress on Food and Timings for better physical, mental and Spiritual health.
Jainism is more particular in that it proscribes partaking of Food after Sun down.
It is proved scientifically that food taken after Sunset helps unhealthy Bacteria grow in the digestive system
My post is not about yearning for what has gone before and that The West has ruined way of Life.
It is a conscious evaluation of what is good for our health in our climate.
I am yet to find which of the foods that we have imported or Food habits we have learnt from the West are useful.
Timings are not good for Health.
Pizza, many may disagree is the preparation by allowing Yeast to grow.
This is not good.
Doughnuts , we have our own,Dosa, Adai, Pesarattu,
Salads, we have Pachadis and Kosumalli.- Of innumerable combinations
Soups, we have Rasam. of how many hues?
Gravy ,we have Sambar.
That too how many varieties!
Regular Sambar, Coconut paste added Sambar:Spices ground and added afresh Sambar; Buttermilk Sambar Pitlai.
For additional requirement of Vitamin C;apart from Lemon Rasam , we have Vatral Kuzhambu which uses more Tamarind.
Pappad prepared at Home contains protein : papad has to be roasted directly in the fire,Barbecue?
Would we pause before aping the West before we embrace their Food habits which suit only their Climate?
Remember a Recipe is not born overnight,it takes years of testing,refinement and practice to suit our climate and body.
I could feel I remained undisturbed and was in fact was watching things happening around me,even if it involved me, as though I was a spectator.
There was no hurry in doing things, no anxiety.
There was no heaviness while waking up in the morning.
This I could attribute only to the Diet, for there was no significant change in my Lifestyle other than this.
Why don’t you try”
- All Root vegetables, like Potatoes.
- Vegetables like Carrot,Beans,Drumstick,Tomatoes,Cabbage,Brinjal,beetroot,Radish.
- Raw Plantains,
- Lady’s Finger,
- Poosanikkai/Bootha kumablakkai
- Indian Beans(kothavarankai)
- Bitter Guords,
- Snake Gourds.
- Freshly cooked Rice.
Take food once in the afternoon around 1 pm.
- Kadamba Sambar (subbuskitchen.com)