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  • IITians Build Low-Cost Machine to Produce Sanitary Napkins & Help Keep Menstruating Girls in School

    A report from 2011, claims that only 12 % of India’s 335 million women use sanitary napkins while menstruating because of lack of access to good quality and affordable menstrual care products . A major reason for this is the fact that pads are generally manufactured using expensive machinery, which makes them unaffordable for many women living in rural India. In an attempt to address this issue, a product driven startup called Saral Designs developed machines, which they designed in-house so that they can start manufacturing good quality sanitary napkins at the decentralised level. The machines are easily replicable and can be set up within Rs. 10 lakh. This means that such units can be set up across India without middlemen. IITians Suhani Mohan and Kartik Mehta founded Saral Designs in June 2015. Suhani says, “While conducting some research in this field, we found out that 23 % of girls in India dropout from schools once they start menstruating due to the lack of proper facilities. They resort to using unhygienic material, which leads them to contracting reproductive tract infections. A lot of government schools and NGOs are creating awareness about hygienic menstrual practices, but the challenge is finding good quality products. Small-scale manufactures produce inexpensive pads but the material they use isn’t very good. And the number of pads that they make isn’t enough to sustain the costs borne by the company for electricity, manpower etc,.” The Saral team is made up of  nine young engineers from IITs, NITs and BITS Pilani and has around 15 people working on production and local sales. Suhani thinks of that their background in learning technology has been very useful in developing an easy to replicate, low-cost machine for producing sanitary napkins. She says, “We managed to make a machine that produces high-quality pads 30 times faster than the average. Our product is called Aisha Ultra XL, which are “ultra-thin pads with wings” and they are sold at Rs. 30 for a pack seven. The price is pretty low compared to other rival brands. We’ve been producing these pads for nine months and have managed to sell more than 2 Lakh pieces so far.” But aside from selling their products at pharmacies, the Saral team has reached out to women in living in villages in Maharashtra as well. Suhani says, “We have a team of 20 women, who go door-to-door and make girls aware of safe menstrual practises. They also let the girls try our products and sell it to them on a monthly basis if they like it. Additionally, we have distributed vending machines in schools and colleges across Mumbai.” The Saral team has also started partnering with NGOs in Karnataka and Chhattisgarh to make pads accessible to young women in remote villages. One such organisation is Shiksharth, an NGO working in the tribal dominated area called Sukma, Chattisgarh. With this partnership, they hope to educate 1000 girls about menstrual hygiene practices and provide them with one year’s worth supply of sanitary napkins. So, how this partnership happen? Suhani says, “In 2015, I met Ashish Shrivastava, the founder of Shiksharth while doing my Acumen fellowship. The Acumen fellowship is run by a US-based organisation that conducts fellowship programmes for leadership development. When Ashish did his Teach for India fellowship, he realised that girls in India, don’t drop out of school as much in urban areas as they do in tribal areas after they start menstruating. So he decided to move to Chattisgarh where this situation is very critical and set up a school. He’s fighting to convince families to let their daughters finish their education. We know that education is a way out of poverty and violence. Also, there is a need to remove the taboo around menstruation around such areas. So, we decided what better way to help these girls than by teaching them good practices and providing them with sanitary napkins.” The Saral team will train volunteers in Shiksharth to teach the girls in two batches -- the first would be made up of students between 6th-10th standard and the other will have students between 8th-9th standard. The curriculum for hygienic menstrual practices includes modules on reproductive biology and other relevant information about keeping their bodies clean while they are menstruating. Suhani says, “We’ve included information from UNICEF and Menstrupedia in the curriculum. But we also try and remove local superstitions/taboos surrounding the topic through playful intervention in the form of games and questionnaires. If we manage to successfully train the volunteers at Shiksharth, it would mean that our project would be sustainable over a long period of time as well.” You can help 1,000 girls in Sukma continue their higher education despite having their periods, by donating here. Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. NEW: Click here to get positive news on Whatsapp!

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  • TBI Food Secrets: 18 Traditional Indian Breads That You Must Absolutely Try Out

    A little-noticed culinary gem, freshly made flatbreads are an integral part of traditional Indian home-cooked meal. Deceptive in their simplicity, these Indian cuisine essentials seem easy to make but they actually requires a complex balance of textures and flavors. Photo Source There are several theories about the origin of flatbreads in India. One theory says that the earliest flatbread, roti, originated in the erstwhile state of Awadh. A coarser and thinner avatar of the plumper Persian flatbread, barbari, it is believed that roti for ancient travellers, was like a bowl that helped one hold the curry while enjoying the meal, thus negating the need to carry utensils while travelling. Another interesting version states that roti is the Indianised version of an unleavened flatbread that travelled all the way from the Swahili people of East Africa. Photo Source However, various ancient Indian texts suggest that round flat breads existed in ancient India. Vedic texts mention  purodhashas (the word believed to the precursor to the words  pataha or paratha) as thick pancakes, stuffed with dry lentils or vegetables, offered to deities during Vedic rituals. The word  rotika has been mentioned in the 16th century medical text Bhavaprakasa to describe a bread used to eat curries with. Flatbreads resembling bowls have also been described in Tulsidas's 16th century epic poem, Ramcharitamanas. Kannada literature between the 10th and 18th centuries also talk about an unusual method of roasting flattened wheat dough that is then eaten with sugar and edible camphor - these methods mentioned are still used in making the rotis today! During the medieval period, the roti is believed to have been a royal favourite. Abul Fazl's Ain-i-Akbari mentions that Mughal Emperor Akbar was extremely fond of eating the thin, roasted, wheat flatbread with ghee and sugar. The first mention of naan in India has also been found in the medieval-era notes of the Indo-Persian poet Amir Kushrau. According to his memoirs, naan-e-tunuk and naan-e-tanuri (accompanied by keema and kebabs) were very popular as breakfast food in the Mughal court. [caption id="attachment_73137" align="aligncenter" width="634"] Royal feasts of the Mughals[/caption] Photo Source The story goes that by the time Shah Jahan came to power, chefs in the royal kitchens had started replacing naans with kulchas stuffed with vegetables and meat. However, his son Aurangzeb had more austere tastes and preferred palm-sized rotis over lavish flat breads like the  kulcha. It is believed that rotis finally became popular during his reign. During the colonial era, the phulka ( roti roasted on fire till it puffs up) became popular in the dining rooms of the British army. It is also believed that the staple food for the armies of Tantia Tope, Rani Lakshmi Bai and Kunwar Singh during the revolt of 1857 was the humble combination of  chapati (another name for roti) and jaggery. You May Like: Chapati Movement: How the Ubiquitous and Harmless Chapati Had Terrified the British in 1857 Today, India has a vibrant assortment of delicious traditional flatbreads that stand testament to the diversity of flavors and food traditions in the country. For those of you who have wondered about the difference between the dhebra and the  rotla, here is an article that explores India's bread basket and more! 1. Akki Roti Photo Source A delicious spicy flatbread from Karnataka, akki roti is traditionally made by flattening the rice dough on a banana leaf. It is then cooked on a tawa with the leaf resting on top of the roti - this helps it cook evenly and gives the dish a distinct flavour. Get the recipe here. 2. Bakshalu/Puran Poli/Obattu Photo Source If you're looking for a balance of sweet and salty flavors, look no further than the mouthwatering puran poli. Bakshalu, obattu and bobbatlu are the other names of this traditional flatbread that is made by stuffing a mouthwatering mix of jaggery and roasted chana dal (bengal gram) inside the dough ball. A generous smear of warm ghee just plays up its subtle sweetness! Get the recipe here. 3. Baati Photo Source Baatis are traditional Rajasthani wheat breads that are first boiled in the water and then baked in a  tandoor (clay oven). Hard in texture and round in shape, this bread is very different from the other regional breads in India. Baatis traditionally served with the delicious Rajasthani panchmela dal. Get the recipe here. 4. Bhakri/Jolada Roti Photo Source A round flat unleavened bread flavoured with ghee and cumin seeds, bhakri is widely eaten in the western coastal states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa. Generally made of jowar (sorghum) flour, bhakris can be of two types— one that is cooked like a biscuit and the other that is puffed up and served with ghee. Rich in fibre and several other nutrients, this flatbread is also called jolada roti in Karnataka. Get the recipe here. 5. Bhatura Photo Source Who doesn't like dark, fabulously spiced  chole served with sliced onions, green chillies and fluffy bhature? The delicious  Bhatura is a thick leavened fried flatbread that is counted among the classic traditional dishes of the Punjabi cuisine. Get the recipe here. You May Like: Food Secrets: On The Trail Of Kumaon’s Culinary Wonders 6. Bakarkhani Photo Source A thick Kashmiri flatbread with a biscuit like texture, bakarkhani gets it’s name from a legendary tragic love story between a general named Aga Bakar and dancer named Khani Begum. Flaky on the inside, with a soft sesame seed sprinkled crust outside, the bakarkhani is usually served in quarters with accompaniments like korma (creamy, mildly spiced curris) or kaliya (Kashmiri stew). Get the recipe here. 7. Thepla/Dhebra Photo Source A lightly spiced Gujarati flatbread, thepla (or dhebra) is prepared from wheat flour, gram flour and fenugreek leaves. A delicious wholesome bread, theplas have a great shelf life and taste absolutely lip-smacking when eaten with chunda (sweet mango pickle). Get the recipe here. 8. Kulcha Photo Source A soft, fluffy and tangy flat bread made from a dough infused with sour curd, the Punjabi kulcha is a bread that hums in sweet harmony with decadent Indian gravies like Amritsari chole, shahi paneer and nalli nihari.  Get the recipe here. 9. Luchi/Puri Photo Source A deep fried puffed flatbread made of wheat flour, luchi is a much loved delicacy of the Bengali, Assamese, Maithili and Oriya cuisine. A softer whiter version of the puri (eaten across the Indian sub-continent), the luchi is the perfect bread to mop up traditional delicacies like the aloo dum and cholar dal. Get the recipe here. 10. Naan Photo Source If there is one single flatbread that has been the front runner in terms of addictiveness across India, it is the ubiquitous naan. Baked in a clay oven, this restaurant staple has a crisp exterior, a fluffy core and a distinctive charred flavour, making it the perfect bread to soak up any rich, spicy Indian gravy. Get the recipe here. 11. Rotla Photo Source A simple flatbread made from pearl millet flour, rotla is traditional specialty of Gujarat's Kathiawad region. A winter favourite, this super healthy gluten-free flatbread tastes greats when smeared with fresh homemade butter and jaggery. Get the recipe here. 12. Makki ki Roti Photo Source Makki ki roti topped with a dollop of ghee and served with sarson da saag is an iconic Punjabi dish that needs no introduction. A corn meal flatbread, spiced with green chillies and ginger, makki ki roti is generally made and consumed during the winter months in northwestern India. Get the recipe here. 13. Sheermal Photo Source A mildly-sweet, saffron-flavoured flatbread of the Awadhi cuisine, sheermal is greatly influenced by Mughlai and Persian culinary traditions. This versatile flatbread has a light, creamy texture and can be eaten with aromatic curries as main course, as a dessert with fresh cream or yogurt, or even as a simple snack with a cup of tea or coffee. Get the recipe here. You May Like: TBI Food Secrets: 10 Lucknowi Delicacies and the Best Eateries to Savour Them 14. Taftan Photo Source Flakier and lighter than the normal naan, taftan is a royal flatbread of the Awadhi cuisine. A leavened flatbread baked in a tandoor or a clay oven, taftan is often flavoured with cardamom, saffron and poppy seeds. Get the recipe here. 16. Warqi Paratha Photo Source A tastier cousin of the lachcha paratha, warqi paratha is a flatbread that is all about its sweet and savoury layers. While this flatbread needs quite a bit of time and patience for its elaborate preparation (almost like making a puff pastry), it tastes heavenly with almost every kind of Indian dish. Get the recipe here. 17. Khamiri Roti Photo Source A Mughlai version of sourdough bread ( khamir means yeast), khamiri roti is soft, thick, chewy and very similar to pita bread. Though khamiri roti can be eaten with various Mughlai curries, it is absolutely delicious with dal makhni and mutton keema. Get the recipe here. 18. Girda / Tchot Photo Source A traditional Kashmiri special, girda is a type of baked bread that is often served as breakfast along with noon chai (salted tea) on cold mornings. With a crispy, furrowed exterior and soft, squishy interior, the  girda can also be relished with an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian gravy recipes. Kashmir also has several delicious versions of the traditional baked bread, including the chochwor/teliwor ( a bland bagel-resembling bread), katlam (a flaky flatbread with generous quantities of vegetable fat) and lavaas (a lighter version of pita bread used to wrap barbecued meat). Get the recipe here. Traditional flat breads have a unique place in Indian cuisine and selecting the right one as an accompaniment to a dish is as important as infusing the dish itself with that perfect flavour. So the next time you want to try something new from India's bread basket, do check out the many delicious flatbreads on this list! Also Read: Food Secrets: 20 Delectable Indian Sweets You Probably Haven’t Heard Of, But Must Try Right Away! Feature Image Like this story? Have something to share? Email: contact@thebetterindia.com, or join us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia). NEW! Log into www.gettbi.com to get positive news on Whatsapp.  

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