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The Migrant Conundrum |Poverty & Lockdown.

Over the past few weeks the most pressing matter the government is trying to handle is the migrant crisis that has arisen out of this lockdown. It seems that the government advisory mechanism was caught off guarded over repercussions of this lockdown from the migrant perspective.

To the flocking of thousands of migrants at Delhi-Ghaziabad border, to the staging protest in Surat, Andhra border or at Bandra in Mumbai. People have been protesting to arrange the government for their return to their natives. While the government has been suggesting staying put wherever they are, respective state government have been arranging return of their citizens.

A quick survey of migrant’s shelters reveals the horror. The Delhi police survey report states to Indian Express (April 28), that fans are not working, no power backup, sanitization of toilets rarely done, most migrants want to leave as their families cannot survive, rude behavior of civil staff, pathetic quality of food, no hand wash and sanitizer, foul smells in toilet, water supply in toilets only between 7 to 11am, one soap for bathing and no detergent to was clothes, mosquito bites and so on. If these are the conditions of voluntary camps, don’t even imagine the conditions of quarantine camps where one have no option but to stay.

This lockdown has left the marginal section who barely are lifted out of poverty at the helm of going back to poverty. With no job, no food and no means to send remittances to their family, it is natural that one gets frustrated. The grim pictures of migrants cycling or walking back on foot along with small children thousands of kms paints the reality of this lockdown. Remember, the lives exist out of gated society as well. The truth is government is yet to figure out the assistance of this section, and assistance if received have benefited only few.

Once, these people go back and settle, the MSME’s will be the hardest hit, which are dependent on these workforces. Once stopped, it is no easy job to restart a business. Indian railways have set off across country to bring back home the stranded migrants and estimates that 500 such trains will be needed across 15 days to get the job done. The state of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have to huddle together as coordination with states are the major pain pointed out by the Railways. Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal are also in the line.

Once this exercise is over, the next challenge of the government is to kick start the economy and feed its jobless citizens, in a country where malnutrition is entrenched, especially among children, there is a danger of hunger becoming widespread too. We all have anecdotal evidence that families are going hungry and some are starving too. While you can have food given to you by government, one just cannot give up his dignity and have no job but just food to eat even if given free by the government. A human need is much more than just-food.

Where we read disturbing news of people committing suicide because he wasn’t able to feed his family during lockdown.

On the other hand, jewellers are forced to sell vegetables so that they can survive from the lockdown crisis.

A food for thought!!.

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Bring coffee cafe at your home.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino is an espresso-based beverage made from coffee. It originated in Italy and soon the world started loving it.

As we are at lockdown and missing our cafe moments, let’s not miss but let’s make it.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Servings: 2

Ingredients

Coffee powder- 4 spoons

Sugar- 4 spoon

Skimmed milk-1 small teaspoon

Chocolate syrup

Milk for two cups

  • Add coffee powder, sugar and 1 teaspoon of skimmed milk in a bowl.
  • Use a whisker or spoon to whisk the mixture until it becomes creamy. It will take around 10-15 minutes.
  • Boil two cups of milk
  • Pour the milk in the cup, add cappuccino mix and frothy milk on top.
  • Design it with chocolate syrup.
  • Enjoy with your cookies.


Dalgona Coffee, Mimi’s style

Here comes the viral recipe of lockdown, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook all the social media is flooded with the pictures of Dalgona coffee.

I also tried today but twisted the recipe slightly by adding hot milk instead of water. So the recipe is simple but I did it through my way:

I added 5 teaspoons of sugar, 5 teaspoons of coffee and very little hot milk.

*Note- Great recipe for an arm workout.

Whip the mixture until it becomes creamy. Add chilled sweetened milk in a serving glass, fill it with ice, top it with the coffee cream.

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Viral & trending food recipes during lockdown

The most trending topic of the day is the recipe. Many cool and easy recipes have broken the internet and we are just loving it. The lockdown phase has discovered many talents hidden within us, and surely one of them is cooking. Everyday my friends share pictures and videos portraying their master art and talent in cooking.

As lockdown was announced, we all have limited stock in our kitchen as well as our nearby shops are also in shortage of grocery items.

So including the trending and viral recipes, I am going to suggest a few more simple recipes that my friends and I have tried during the lockdown phase:

1. Diet Cake

This is easy to cook recipe and also will satisfy your cravings for sweet, so if you are a fitness freak or gym freak as my friend Neha Yadav, you can seriously try this unique recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup jaggery
  • 1/2 cup Curd
  • 2 cup wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon cinnamon powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Few dry fruits
  • Dates

How to make:

In a large bowl, mix jaggery, olive oil and curd. Whisk till the jaggery dissolves completely. Now add wheat flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon powder, salt and sieve them all together.

To prepare a thick batter, add 1/2 cup water. Mix well with cut and fold method then add all the dry fruits and dates.

Bake the cake at 180 degree Celsius for 40 minutes. Your cake is ready!!!

2. Paneer-Cheese-Potato-bread roll

This is my quick recipe, you need some boiled potatoes, paneer (cottage cheese), cheese and bread.

Mesh the boiled potatoes and add shredded paneer, cheese, chopped green chilli and chopped onions. Mix them well.

Take some water in a bowl, cut the sides of the bread and slightly soak the bread slices in the water, press the bread with your hands to squeeze water from it, stuff it with the potato mix and fry them.

3. Romantic Italian dinner during the lockdown with Pasta

Pasta-La-Vista, you can store pasta for months so I do have pasta stored in my kitchen, my recipe is the easiest recipe one can try.

Add pasta, water, milk in a bowl, sprinkle salt, add a teaspoon of vegetable oil, Maggi masala, red chilli flakes and microwave them for nine minutes, remove the bowl from microwave now add milk with cheese and put in again in the microwave for a minute. Your cheese pasta is ready in 10 minutes.

Add oregano to pasta, pour wine in your glass and you can add any other stuff you want as your sides.

Dalgona Coffee, Mimi’s style

Here comes the viral recipe of lockdown, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook all the social media is flooded with the pictures of Dalgona coffee.

I also tried today but twisted the recipe slightly by adding hot milk instead of water. So the recipe is simple but I did it through my way:

I added 5 teaspoons of sugar, 5 teaspoons of coffee and very little hot milk.

*Note- Great recipe for an arm workout.

Whip the mixture until it becomes creamy. Add chilled sweetened milk in a serving glass, fill it with ice, top it with the coffee cream.

Appam with Idli batter

I am sharing the link of the video, shared by my friend Shubhra who herself is a food blogger.

You can simply click on the link and watch it:

https://youtu.be/mlqgG0tj2Lw

Few more dishes:

Veg nuggets by Fatma Khan:

Healthy quinoa meal by Twinkle

Special mention of a very difficult dish, without which our lockdown survival is incomplete and also my blog. This dish has been satisfying our palate for decades. It’s non-other than Maggie.😜😋

Veg Maggie

Share your recipes to us so that we can also try and become a professional chef..!!