It's brinjal treat all the way at Vanaranga


This was the scene witnessed at Vanaranga premises in Rangayana-the venue of the ‘Badane Vaibhava’ organised by Nesara Nisarga and Arambha in the city on Sunday.
When the talks are going on at the national-level over the introduction of BT brinjal, the event  breathed the essence of brinjal, with awareness campaigns, talks against BT brinjal, exhibition of many ‘unseen’ brinjals, recipes that demonstrated brinjal’s face beyond only vangibhath and ennegayi, drawing competition on brinjals for children and so on organised as part of ‘Badane vaibhava’ - brinjal diversity.

 The stall which had some 150 packs of varieties of seeds were sold like hotcake. These native seeds should be mutliplied and should be send it back to Sahaja Samruddhi, a seed bank. “I’m thrilled to give my might to the BT brinjal campaign, so I’m buying the seeds,” said Vasanth, who had brought two packets of Eramgere Badane or also called as Mysore badane. The stall that had at least 40 varieties of brinjal attracted good number of visitors who were seen expressing their surprise over this poor man’s crop’s diverse family. There were Rayadurga Badane, bili badane, gulla of Udupi, mullu badane, musuku badane, rajkot badane, kottitale badane and such on display which needless to say was like an educational stall. Besides, chutnipudi and balaka of badane were also on display. However, it was delicious recipes of brinjal that attracted people, especially women, whose recipe treasure was limited with regard to brinjal. There was badanekayi chutney made in a simple way by Sarala. “It is the native dish of Chitradurga and can be made from any brinjal,” said Sarala to Deccan Herald. Besides, there were Badanekayi mosaru bajji, badanekayi ennegayi, badane dose, badane sasive and such. Women were seen writing down the recipies from the presenters.

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