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Indore: Solar cooking brings people together, 30 delicacies prepared

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Indore: About 50 people visited Jimmy McGilligan Centre for Sustainable Development on Sunday morning with their solar cookers. With 22 solar cookers, people prepared 30 delicacies popular in different parts of India.

From Sindhi curry to Bengali mix pulses, flavours delighted visitors during the day-long celebrations. Talking about the fest, director of the centre Janak Palta McGilligan said, “My husband Jimmy (James) left his native country United Kingdom and served as Baha’i pioneer in India for 25 years. He wanted people to stop damaging environment and promote sustainable development’.”

Acknowledging his efforts, the week-long activities have been organised. “Following his ideologies and wishes, I have been organising solar week for last seven years. I feel great that this year we had more people participating on first day of food fest,” Janak said.


Environmentalist Prem Joshi with his daughter Rimjhim added Indori touch to the fest. “We made ‘dahi vada’ and ‘moong ke bhajiye’, which is an all-time favourite of every Indori,” they said. “We feel so connected when we cook together, it is healing,” Rimjhim said.

Preparing traditional Sindhi curry together, Jyoti and Rajendra Uchani said, “Food tastes better when we prepare it together. I guess power of happiness and love adds to flavour in the food.”

Adding sweet flavour to the meal, food enthusiast Rashmi Joshi prepared ‘thuli’.  Blending pulses together, Sushmita Bhattacharya brought flavours of West Bengal to the platter. Adding ‘sev’ to potatoes, Rinky and Vaibhav Joshi prepared spicy and delicious curry.

For coffee lovers, Col Anurag Shukla and his daughter Akriti brought five litres of milk. “We decided to make coffee by hand-blending,” Akriti said.

Terrace farming semiar

On the second day of Solar Week, a seminar and live training on terrace farming, organic manure and pesticides will be organised at the centre on Monday from 10 am to 1 pm. Environmentalist Prem Joshi will guide participants for preparing organic pesticides with neem leaves.