A tale of three staples: Part 1 – Rice, The white goddess

Rice (© Jeff Youngstrom)

Rice, often called “the white goddess”, is the staple food of half of the planet’s population. Its history is the history of organised agriculture. It has changed societies, played a role in the development of the caste system in India and is present in most rituals and ceremonies in Asia. Keep your pens handy to copy down a recipe for one of India’s most beloved rice dishes and get ready to find out things about this wonderful grain you never even thought to ask. 

Producer: Dheera Sujan

Broadcast: July 23, 1999