Rediscovering Dal at Spirit Of The Earth
Best Organic Rice Store in Chennai
The Spirit Of The Earth store in Alwarpet, Chennai, sells nearly 20 varieties of Organic Heritage Rice including Kaatuyaanam, Kalajeera, Karuppu Kauvuni, Kichili Champa, Iluppai Poo Champa, Mapillai Champa, Thooyamalli. Also available in the store are spiritual books on Vedanta written by Swami Dayananda Saraswati and Sheela Balaji, Chairperson and Managing Trustee of AIM for Serva and Swami Dayananda Educational Trust – both not-for-profit organisations that work towards societal transformation at the grassroots level. Spirit of the Earth symbolizes sustenance, compassion and wisdom.
Rediscovering Dal - A Spirit Of The Earth Event
On 17th August 2019, the Spirit Of The Earth store organized an event hosted by Rushina Munshaw Ghildayal, a popular culinary expert, writer, and consultant from Mumbai, who is also known for APBCookStudio through which she curates culinary experiences and helps Food and Beverage brands and businesses connect with their consumers. Dal is often translated as “lentils” but actually refers to a split version of a number of lentils, peas, chickpeas (chana), kidney beans and so on.
There is not a single day that passes by in my house without the use of Dal in our cooking. From kichidi (simple rice and lentils) to Soups and Sambars, flat breads, Salads, and even desserts are made from lentils. Dals is a primary source of protein for many vegetarians. Dals is also economical and affordable for all income groups across India. During the event, Rushina Munshaw Ghildayal indicated about the multiple types of Dals cooked across many Indian states and the significance of the same in several events, occasions and festivals. Adding pulses to your diet is a great way to eat healthier. They are so full of protein, fiber, iron and so many other nutrients. The most fascinating part was knowing about the various health benefits of Dal.
Tip: If you are producing a lot of gas after consumption of Dal, remember to add Hing while cooking it in the future.
Food and Beverages Served
For this event, Chef Shri Bala had specially prepared “Kummayam” also known as “Aadi Kummayam”, a sweet dish prepared with different combination of lentils and jaggery and offered to God as Prasadam on “Aadi Velli” or “Aadi Sevvai”, and a Chick Peas and Poha Salad garnished with Chia Seeds. Chef Shri Bala is also is a Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary and Law graduate. The store also served filter coffee and tea to wash the food down.
Spirit Of The Earth
Address: Srinidhi Apartments, No 4, Desika Road, Alwarpet, CIT Colony, Mylapore, Chennai - 600004
Timings: The store will be open from 10 am to 5 pm. Closed on Sundays.
Phone: 044 2498 7955
You can order rice online from Spirit Of The Earth website and since the brand believes in sustainable packaging, you’ll receive your order in cloth bags. Most corporate companies order rice in bulk once a year and gift it to the employees. I have also seen loyal customers come to the store in person to buy rice and refill them in cloth bags. There is a loyalty discount too given to customers who use cloth bags.