Park Slope Food Coop and Healthy Indian Food

Mukti's Kitchen on front page of Linewaiters' Gazette :-)

Mukti’s Kitchen on front page of Linewaiters’ Gazette 🙂

In the current issue of Linewaiters’ Gazette, official publication of Park Slope Food Coop, they published a front page article on Mukti’s Kitchen and how we cook and teach healthy and delicious Indian food here in New York. We are obviously delighted.

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You can read the article here following this link. Feedback and comments would be much welcome.

I’m posting a few photos here and excerpts from the article below.

Happy Students and Me :-)

Happy Students and Me 🙂

“Banerjee always stresses
the healthfulness of home-
made Indian food. She
emphasizes the superiority of
Indian food prepared at home
as opposed to eating Indian
food out. She describes the
food in a restaurant as mass-
produced and made without
love. “Cooking is so therapeu-
tic, if you cook a good meal for
yourself and loved ones, it will
give you so much pleasure,
spiritually.” “
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Park Slope Food Coop is a great organization based in Brooklyn, where they sell healthy and nutritious and organic, toxin-free produce at a very reasonable price. It is incredibly popular with thousands of members taking advantage of it. It is a true cooperative and a progressive food movement, where members WORK to get the great products at great prices.

My family and I are very happy to be a part of this food and environment movement. The more we get involved with such movements worldwide, the better for us and our children.

Thank you, Park Slope Food Coop and Linewaiters’ Gazette for such an extensive coverage of Mukti’s Kitchen.

Spice Box :-)

Spice Box 🙂

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Durga Puja — Four Days of Fun, Friendship, and … Food :-)

How many people outside of India heard about Durga Puja, annual, four-day celebration of a ten-arm Goddess vanquishing a demon?

Not too many, I’m sure.

Yet, it’s one of the greatest shows of art, spirituality and culture. It’s one of the most festive autumn events held under the sun. Millions of men, women and children have a great time. 

And they have great food. Fabulous food for four full days — from the seventh lunar day through the tenth.

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You eat “mutton” curry on Navami (but you do not use onions or garlic in that curry for cultural reasons), the ninth lunar calendar day. You eat sweets — including Bengal’s famous Ras Golla — on Dashami, the final, tenth day of the moon. Then, you keep eating visiting elderly’s and friends and relatives, paying them formal respect. It’s an enormous tradition. Respect has always been a big part of India’s and Bengal’s traditions. No matter how different it has become now.

I grew up in India in this tradition. Never thought about religion as a dogma. It was as much about spirituality as it was about food, friendship and fun.

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A community Durga Puja with makeshift temple.

So, what is Durga Puja?

This is what my husband Partha wrote in an online travel journal Travelogged. I quote from it.

“Four-day Hindu festival Durga Puja takes place every fall all over eastern region of India. Puja is a Sanskrit word for worship and Durga is a goddess who vanquishes the demon Asura with her ten arms. According to the Bengali Hindu traditions, Mother Goddess Durga comes down from her Himalayan abode on to the plains for those four autumn days, and brings along her children Ganesha, Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kartik, who each symbolizes a special force.”

“In West Bengal and Bangladesh, it’s really more about expressing incredible folk artistry and music rather than the religion itself. That’s the unique, secular perspective of Bengali Hinduism. Appreciative Western minds would love it,” he wrote.

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Durga Puja: where art and culture meet.

 

You wouldn’t believe how fantastic the art is. Here are some pictures. All of it for four days only, and then they all disappear, forever. Artisans working for months — day and night — to produce their wonderful art, right on time.

Only if the Western World knew!

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