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« on: October 08, 2018, 06:49:47 PM »

http://escapepod.org/2018/10/04/escape-pod-648-a-handful-of-dal/


AUTHOR : Naru Sundar
NARRATOR : S.B. Divya
HOST: Mur Lafferty

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200g Dal
300ml Water
Ghee
Turmeric
Coriander seeds
Whole black pepper
Cumin seeds

Start with the dal. Wash it like one washes the feet of ascetics entering a temple: with love, with care. Shake loose the dirt and twigs that inevitably stow away alongside it. Perhaps this note will stow away with you onto the Yatra, a tiny mote of the past to accompany you on your grand journey.

Then, a finger of coppery ghee in the pot, and seeds of coriander fattening in the heat. Let the dal swirl into the now fragrant fat. Watch it flush as red and bright as the stones in Fatehpur Sikri that we marveled at once. Let turmeric dust it in gold, as bright as suns. Drown the dal in water quickly, before it blackens to ash—like the protesters in Chandni Chowk. Who can blame them, our people carry the sin of division under our skin, and the selection process for the Yatra was not immune.

You were chosen, Rajiv. I can only hope that when you grind pepper and cumin, you will think of your children’s children, fated one day to smell the air of a distant world. When the dal is ready, soft and lush and swollen, let everything marry. A tapestry of flavors, a gift from your ancestors to your descendants.


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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2018, 08:12:40 PM »

Absolutely loved this one, and registered for the forum to say so. It tells so much story with so few words. I legitimately went "YES!" out loud when the recipe started turning around.
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