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In the family kitchen  the fires burn for long hours and food related activity  goes on relentlessly. Women tend to all the kitchen chores and often the children pitch in. The area of the kitchen where the ChapattiÕs are made is dark and medieval (shaft of light penetrates the smoke) with minimal ventilation. Women squat on the ground kneading dough and making hundreds of chapattis (unleavened bread) at a stretch. The vegetables and lentils are cooked in the adjoining kitchen where women prepare churn buttermilk, and grind and beat herbs/condiments to make curry paste. It is in this area that the male members usually eat. It is a rarity to find men and women sitting and eating together. When the men sit down for a meal itÕs the women who serve.

In the family kitchen the fires burn for long hours and food related activity goes on relentlessly. Women tend to all the kitchen chores and often the children pitch in. The area of the kitchen where the ChapattiÕs are made is dark and medieval (shaft of light penetrates the smoke) with minimal ventilation. Women squat on the ground kneading dough and making hundreds of chapattis (unleavened bread) at a stretch. The vegetables and lentils are cooked in the adjoining kitchen where...
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