WBEZ | Indian http://www.wbez.org/tags/indian Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en From Cinnamon To Saffron: Demystifying Indian Cooking in the Western World http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/cinnamon-saffron-demystifying-indian-cooking-western-world-105859 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/130119_CHC_From Cinnamon to Saffron.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Right from the chicken curry served out of a food truck in a bustling New York city street, to the jhalmuri served at eat.st in King&rsquo;s Cross in London, Indian food today has become more mainstream and less exotic than it used to be. Everyone seems to like a taste of something Indian&mdash;a deep-fried samosa or a scoop of biryani&mdash;but they&rsquo;re often a little intimidated by what they believe it entails: long hours of slaving in front of the stove and a gazillion spices to pepper everything with.<br /><br />While volumes of text have been devoted to busting those myths, there aren&rsquo;t too many endeavors focused on making Indian cooking simpler, using ingredients sourced right out of a regular grocery store in the West. <strong>Ranjini Rao </strong>and her partner, Ruchira Ramanujam, recently wrote and published <a href="http://tadkapasta.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/our-ebook-mango-masala-60-indian-recipes-from-your-local-supermarket/"><em>Mango Masala: 60 Indian Recipes From Your Local Supermarket</em></a>, which demonstrates what a cinch Indian cooking really is in any kitchen, right from breakfast to snacks, full-fledged lunches to dinner spreads.<br /><br />Ranjini Rao is a marketing and social media co-ordinator at an online publishing company here in Chicago. She runs a food blog, <a href="http://tadkapasta.wordpress.com/">Tadka Pasta</a>, along with her partner Ruchira, and will highlight the practicalities of whipping up Indian food in the Western world and talk a little bit about her own journey as a writer, foodie, multicultural culinary enthusiast. She&#39;ll also talk about how she ended up crafting a cookbook with her best friend and share her insights into the world of digital publishing.</p></p> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/cinnamon-saffron-demystifying-indian-cooking-western-world-105859 Clever Apes #29: Nature and human nature http://www.wbez.org/blogs/clever-apes/2012-04/clever-apes-29-nature-and-human-nature-97867 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/classroom drawing.jpg" alt="" /><p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/classroom%20drawing_1.jpg" title="Menominee students integrate natural systems into their language learning. (WBEZ/Gabriel Spitzer)"></div><p>First off, this episode is sort of a goodbye. I will be departing my beloved WBEZ shortly to strike out for new adventures. I’ll include my weepy valedictory at the bottom of this post. But the story this week is important, so before your attention wanders …</p><p>As kids, we usually learn about nature from a decidedly human point of view. The world exists in relation to us. People are the stars in this scenario: We are Hamlet, while nature is like Denmark – the place where we happen to be. The conventional wisdom has been that this is a universal way the mind develops its awareness of the natural world.<!--break--></p><p>But an eclectic group of researchers are challenging that. The team is made up of psychologists from Northwestern University, and researchers from the Menominee Reservation and the American Indian Center of Chicago. They started looking carefully at the way Native and non-Native children come to learn about nature. They found some distinctive differences.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/Richard%20falls_0.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 10px; height: 225px; width: 300px;" title="Richard Annamitta is hoping to restore Keshena Falls to the state it was in when his ancestors saw it. (WBEZ/Gabriel Spitzer)"></div><p>Namely, Native kids tend not to have that anthropocentric view in the early years. They come to see the biological world in terms of relationships and connections – what psychologists call “systems-level thinking.” Non-Native kids, on the other hand, generally think more in hierarchical categories like taxonomy – kingdom, phylum, species, etc. So the human-centered learning may not be universal after all, but instead flavored by the culture we grow up in.</p><p>This goes deeper than just having different beliefs. The scientists say those distinctive worldviews actually change the way we think, learn and reason. Over the last decade or so, the team has been designing experiments to tease out the ramifications of that change. It has major consequences for education, an<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/Bear%20clan_0.jpg" style="float: left; width: 240px; height: 320px; " title="This Bear Clan figure demonstrates how the Menominee see humans and animals as connected. (WBEZ/Gabriel Spitzer)">d might (this is my speculation!) influence our attitudes about the environment.</p><p>So, this will be my final episode of Clever Apes. We are hopeful that it will continue in some form, so you may not have heard the last of WBEZ’s science experiment. Creating this series has been a rare privilege – I have had one of the greatest gigs in media. My deepest gratitude goes to my editor Cate Cahan, whose gusto and keen mind have long inspired me. Michael De Bonis has been a fantastic collaborator, friend and co-conspirator, without whom the Apes would be far less clever. And Sally Eisele has shown great vision (or folly) in supporting this weird project from the get-go.</p><p>Thank you for sticking with us, and of course you can still subscribe to our <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-clever-apes/id379051174" target="_blank" title="http://feeds.feedburner.com/CleverApesPodcast">podcast</a>, follow us on&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/cleverapes" target="_blank" title="http://twitter.com/#!/cleverapes">Twitter</a>, and find us on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clever-Apes-on-WBEZ/118246851551412" target="_blank" title="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clever-Apes-on-WBEZ/118246851551412">Facebook</a>.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/Megan%20murals_0.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Megan Bang helped incorporate systems-level thinking into the design of an early education classroom. (WBEZ/Gabriel Spitzer)"></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:16:50 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/clever-apes/2012-04/clever-apes-29-nature-and-human-nature-97867