I currently live in Isai Ambalam School in Auroville. This is an outreach school for the kids from the surrounding villages. I have been wanting to write about the food culture I have noticed here over the past couple of years. Children are given ragi porridge as snack on three mornings during the week and ragi puttu is made as an afternoon snack once a week. It is all unceremonious. Unsung. Just a part of life for the the person who makes the food, the food itself and the person who consumes it.
But on second thought, it is such a wonderful thing that such wholesome, healthy, simple food is still a part of life in some places. My 3.5 yr old son likes to potter to the school kitchen on some days and sip the porridge they serve. This is legitimate food as far as he is concerned because all the kids drink it.
What I have seen here is not unique to this school. Ragi kanji is made here because it is still very much a part of life. And that is something worth celebrating.