Kancha Moong Dal

Makes four servings

250g moong dal
salt
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of butter or ghee
1 1/2 teaspoons of oil
2 dried chilis
1 teaspoon of black mustard seeds
2 teaspoons of grated ginger
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon sugar

1. Start boiling 750ml of water
2. Rinse moong dal, squeezing it in handfuls until the water is clear
3. Add moong dal, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and 1 teaspoon of salt to boiling water
4. Reduce heat to simmer, partially cover and cook for 40-45 minutes.
5. If using butter, melt it. (I put it in a dish by the dal)
6. 5 minutes before dal is done, heat 1.5 teaspoons of oil in frying pan
7. Put 2 dried chilis in oil and cook until they start turning black
8. Add 1 teaspoon of whole black mustard seeds
9. As soon as the seeds stop sputtering, add 2 teaspoons of ginger and 2 bay leaves
10. Stir for one minute, then add ghee (or butter) and cooked dal to frying pan
11. Add salt to taste and a little sugar (I’ve been adding about 1 tablespoon)
12. Keep on mid-high heat for three minutes and remove

If you want a thinner dal, add between 250 ml to 500 ml of water. That’s it!

Other 9/11s

On September 11, 1973, the Chilean government was overthrown by a CIA-backed military coup d’état that killed or disappeared a few thousand people. Over the years, the government of General Pinochet arrested, imprisoned and tortured more than 28,000 people and over 200,000 people (2% of the population) were forced into exile because of this coup.

There are other 9/11s. We would do well to remember these others, where the United States were the perpetrators and not the victims. I try to do this by playing a song by Victor Jara, who was tortured and found dead in the streets of Chile on September 16, 1973.

It might also be worthwhile to think about today. Their is a 9/11 being created in Yemen by Saudi Arabia using weapons made in the United States and with the support of the United States government.

Boxed Breathing

Box breathing is a powerful, yet simple, relaxation technique that can be done anywhere and aims to return breathing to its normal rhythm. This breathing exercise may help to clear the mind, relax the body, and improve focus. Before starting, people should sit with their back supported in a comfortable chair and their feet on the floor.

  1. Close your eyes. Breathe in through your nose while counting to four slowly. Feel the air enter your lungs.
  2. Hold your breath inside while counting slowly to four. Try not to clamp your mouth or nose shut. Simply avoid inhaling or exhaling for 5 seconds.
  3. Begin to slowly exhale for 5 seconds.
  4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 at least three times. Ideally, repeat the three steps for 5 minutes, or until calm returns.