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Badal wants youth to eat traditional food


Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Sunday urged the youngsters to say good-bye to fast food culture of pizza, burgers and pastas, and eat traditional food that has a more nutritional value.

“Now it is high time to revive the culture of traditional food – ‘the wisdom of our grandmothers’. Naturally grown and seasonal foods have always been intricately woven in our food culture, but unfortunately we have almost lost this,” Badal said.

The chief minister was addressing a gathering here after inaugurating ‘Bebe di Rasoi – 2009’, a traditional food festival jointly organised by Chandigarh Press Club in collaboration with Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM) and Millets Network of India (MINI).

“This rasoi (the festival of food) offers an opportunity to younger generations to have a feel of rich taste of our traditional food that have now become a matter of the past,” he said.

“Such traditional food festivals should be organised regularly to apprise our children especially with urban background about the rich nutritional value of traditional food,” he added.

In Bebe di Rasoi, there were different stalls displaying traditional cuisines of various states like Punjab, Haryana, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.