I have been intrigued with gluten free foods for some time. I recall seeing “gluten free” signs hanging in bakery shops and grocery stores. I found myself caught in a situation where there was a “new” food and I had no idea what it was. About a month ago, I decided it was time to displace my ignorance and explore the unknown. The bakery on main street where I live boast itself as a 100% gluten free bakery.
When and how did humans begin cooking? The answer has not been found yet, but there are many theories trying to resolve this mystery. Archaeologists, anthropologists and historians hold different opinions on this subject. Some believe that cooking started from incidentally food falling in fire. Their theory is that, humans began using fire for their protection. One day, accidentally food might have fallen in this fire and some curious person might have tasted it and after finding it delicious, could have told others which gradually became known to all. Ancient pottery from Mesopotamia and Indus Valley Civilization show advanced cooking techniques using different pottery. These types of pottery were also discovered in Ancient Bengal Civilizations. It was also common in many African desert civilizations to roast food under sunlight. Later on, humans might have discovered fire and pottery.
Anyway, the main theme is that cooking was linked to the discovery of fire. In Greek mythology, Prometheus was said to have given fire to humans. There are also so many myths and stories pertaining this type of concept involving supernatural involvement.
It is still a debate of whom or when the use of fire was discovered. But it is sure that the evolution of the use of fire and the way of cooking occurred. From roasting food under the scorching heat to the usage of hot rocks to the invention and use of pottery all happened gradually. It is of great fascination how we invent or discover new things and find a way to use it for our purpose.
Cooking evolved over thousands of years. At present we use ovens, gas-stoves and even earthen stoves in many rural cultures. Different types of techniques are used in cooking. Our present cooking style does stop this evolution, rather some day we might begin to use some new technique which will make previous ways obsolete.
This particular food is usually cooked and served at special occasions. It is one of the most favorite foods in Bangladesh. From time immemorial, this food has been eaten. It is a part of the Bangladeshi culture and heritage. All walks of people from young to old, all love this food and enjoy its delicacy. In Bangla New Year, weddings, birthdays, etc. this is a typical food cooked for guests. Sometimes it is cooked at home without any occasions. The ingredients are found everywhere in Bangladesh and even in most parts of the Sub-continent.
1. Milk - 1 Liter
2. Rice- 2 teacups
3. Cardamom- 3/4 pieces
4. Peanut- ½ teacup
5. Sugar- ½ teacup
6. Bay leaf- 2