Happy Rice plantation and dahi-chyoora eating day !

 

If you ask most of the younger urban generations— where do rice/beaten rice come from? They probably retort—“mom goes out with the money and that shopkeeper takes it to our store in his bicycle!”

I mean-they may not know the whole processes gone through before rice/beaten rice is packed in a sack.

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Paddy plantation/domestication started in China, Nepal’s northern neighbor, some 10/12K years ago.
Rice saplings are grown in a separate terrace and later transplanted to tilled and water logged fields. For saplings– to grab the ground, grow and start seeding/ripening takes 4/5 months.
Rice is covered with rough husk and gives a grain when separated from. From rice, different eating items could be prepared. One of them is chyoora ( beaten rice, which is made ready after following rigorous four steps– 1.flash boiling of a grain 2. Drying in a big pan 3. Then beating it with big pestle or compressed in a machine to its flattened form and finally 4.separating it from chaff.

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Similarly, you can ask the same urban generation–how do you get milk or yoghurt? They may reply– ” Dad, after his morning walk, brings it home in plastic sachet or rubber cups”

I mean they may not know the basic dairy production cycle.

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Almost around 10 thousand years ago cows were domesticated in Turkey.
A cow when gives birth to a calf starts giving milk. And, cow owner outsmarts that mother cow by holding that calf nearby its dug and collects milk in long vessel. That milk, if kept overnight standstill, becomes thick with a different taste and feel from milk. That is called curd.

 

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Today is middle of a month, 15 Asar in, which falls around the end of the June and Nepal observes this as a rice plantation day along with relishing a mixture/paste made up of above mentioned –beaten rice and curd.
The day reflects the high time, if not started already, to start rice plantation.