Dal-roti Minus The RotiBy vijaysree venkatraman | October 14th, 2006 | Category: ETC. |
The average American enjoys the occasional lentil soup — served in delis or cafeterias — but lentils, or dals, feature on the daily menu of most Indians. In America too, most Indian kitchens are well-stocked with myriad dal varieties, supplies of which are replenished by weekend visits to the nearest desi store.
In late June, the Commerce Ministry issued a notification putting a temporary halt in the international trade of pulses and lentils till the end of the year, but later extended it to March 2007. The export ban — which came about after stormy scenes in Parliament — was intended as a stop-gap measure to ease inflation in the domestic market. For now, the Indians abroad have to bear the brunt of the populist move.
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