When life gives you ash gourd, make petha

At a press meet convened by Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Araga Jnanendra of Thirthahalli, a city on the banks of the Tungabhadra, petha was served. And thereby hangs a story.

The delicacy that’s recognized to the world as Agre ka petha, is constructed from ash gourd (recognized regionally as kumbalakai). The candy is often made within the North of India, distant from Thirthahalli, however barely per week in the past, out of sheer desperation, it started to be made proper right here. Per week in the past, Shashank Hegde, additionally from Thirthahalli, put out an impassioned plea on social media. The 35-year-old posted how farmers had cultivated 2,000 tonnes of ash gourd that ought to have discovered its manner into Agre ka petha. But with the lockdown, they had been left holding the gourd.

Warm Welcome Juice by Mallika Badrinath

  • Ingredients
  • White pumpkin: 400 gms
  • Cucumber: one or two
  • Carrots: one or two
  • Tomato
  • Ginger: an inch-long piece
  • Apple: 1
  • Celery: (non-obligatory)
  • Karpooravalli leaves: (non-obligatory)
  • Salt, white pepper
  • Just a drizzle of honey
  • Method
  • Wash, peel, de-seed and chop the greens. Add them to the juicer or mixer. First put within the ginger and celery. Add the karpooravalli leaves if you benefit from the style it lends. Add the remainder of the greens and grind. Do not add water. Strain, add white pepper and salt and little or no honey. Your nutrition-packed juice is prepared.

MLA Jnanendra, industrialist Kuntolli Vishwanath, tehsildar Sripadh and president of the Agricultural Produce Market Committee HR Mahabalesh, together with the Horticulture Department, and Shashank’s Hingaara Foundation, swung into motion to assist the farmers.

“Someone from Delhi recommended that as an alternative of attempting to move vehicles of ash gourd to Delhi, why not make the petha proper right here? It was not that sophisticated to make,” and so the Thirthahalli petha was born, says Shashank.

Ash Gourd Minestrone by Chef Bakshish Dean

  • Ingredients
  • Ash Gourd: 1 cup (150gm), half of” dices
  • Olive Oil: Three tbsp (you can even use gingelly oil)
  • Garlic: Four cloves, sliced thick
  • Onion: 1/Four cup (30gm), 1/2-inch dices
  • Carrot: 1/Four cup (30gm), half of” flat dices
  • Bell Peppers: half of cup (50gm), half of” flat dices
  • Cabbage: half of cup (40gm), half of” flat dices
  • Spinach: half of cup (40gm), half of” flat dices
  • Parmesan Rind: 2/3” piece (non-obligatory)
  • Pasta (quick): Four tbsp (40gm), dry
  • Chickpeas: 3/Four cup (120gm), boiled
  • Chickpea water: 2 cups (400ml)
  • Water: 2 cups
  • Salt: 1 half of tsp (to style)
  • Pepper: half of tsp, freshly floor
  • Pesto: Three tbsp (45gm)
  • Method
  • In a heavy backside pan, over medium warmth, add the sliced garlic, adopted by the greens, besides spinach, combine effectively and prepare dinner coated for Three minutes.
  • Add the Parmesan rind, chickpeas, chickpea water, water, pasta, salt and pepper, combine effectively, enable it to return to a boil, cowl and simmer gently for 8-10 minutes, stir each 3/Four minutes.
  • Add spinach, combine in effectively and simmer for one more 4-5 minutes.
  • Check doneness of greens and pasta, and seasoning.
  • Finish the soup with Coriander Cashew Pesto.
  • Pour in portion bowls and garnish with grated Parmesan cheese (any good onerous cheese can be utilized on this soup) and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • This is a hearty soup, which if complimented with some good rustic toasted buttered bread, can flip right into a implausible meal!

Many hours of YouTube and consultations later, 39-year-old Kuntolli Vishwanath set his individuals to work and the primary lot of pethas was made. Vishwanath, a mechanical engineer, additionally owns a meals processing unit. His firm is a pioneer and holds a patent for arecanut dehuskers.

“My company exists, thanks to farmers. I had to do something to pull them out of trouble. When the district administration approached me, I readied a sample in 24 hours but it was not perfect. YouTube instructions are not the most accurate and we got it 60% right,” he laughs.

So Vishwanath turned to Suresh Bhatt, who has been making sweets for weddings and different features for 30 years. Suresh identified the place they had been going flawed. Now Vishwanath has round eight to 10 girls engaged on the petha. “At the second, we’re manually reducing two tonnes of the gourd. Our goal is 10-15 tonnes as soon as the machines take over. We are studying by trial-and-error. I’ve tasted the pethas however had no concept they had been constructed from gourds grown in my area,” says Vishwanath.

The course of from begin to end takes 72 hours and wishes precision. “The gourd is cut, washed, soaked in lime for several hours, then again thoroughly washed and boiled.” The sugar syrup is made to simply the best consistency. The sugared items must dry. “We cannot keep them out as even a drop of water will lead to fungus.”

Vishwanath is shopping for ash gourd from farmers in want of gross sales inside 10-15 kilometres radius from right here. “They have no money to harvest, or transport… I am reaching out to them.”

But simply making pethas doesn’t clear up the issue. One is uncertain how a lot of it’ll promote, and a pair of,000 tonnes can’t all be transformed into the candy. So they’re engaged on a advertising marketing campaign. “We plan to send ash gourds to Bengaluru. I have spoken to contacts at various apartment blocks and gated communities.”

They have requested residents to purchase the ash gourds and distribute them to anybody who’s struggling to place meals on the desk.

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