How colorful sweetness changed Egypt’s ‘life’, understand fennel and Egyptian customs like this after eating
Until a few decades ago, black sugar nuggets were popular in the villages of Uttarakhand, which were made by pouring thick sugar syrup into a mould. It was given to the children as a sweet and the elders also used to eat it with weak tea. This was the sugar of the poor villager. In folk songs, the heroine was compared to a nugget of Egypt.
The custom of offering fennel and misri
In elite restaurants, it is customary to present fennel and sugar candy along with the bill after the meal. Today most of us have only this much relation with Egypt. The condition has come to such a pass that one of our friends told us that this sweet was invented in Egypt, hence its name! Other forms of white sugar with small grain, Kalpi, Kuja sugar are rarely seen today. For the redness of Bengal, palm/date palm sugar is sometimes found in home remedies for cough and sore throat. Its famous producer Dulal Bara has been selling it only in vials like medicine.
‘Egyptian is endowed with all virtues’
The tide of Lalbuzhakkadi knowledge keeps rising on the internet, so according to its scholars, Misri is full of all qualities- it sweetens the speech as well as is digestive, tonic and better than sugar for diabetic patients. These claims could not be verified, so there is a need to be cautious. According to the doctors, the hard sugar candy made of stringed string is made from the saturated solution of sugar. It has the same effect on our body as that of sugar particles. Ritualists avoided factory-made refined sugar because it was widely believed that the refining process for its production used sulfur and also contained chemical elements derived from animal bones. Jaggery, Khandsari manufactured in the cottage industry was considered satvik and that is why only Khadi sugar and Misri called Kalpi were included in the worship material.
Dirty Egyptian nuggets in the villages of Uttarakhand
Until a few decades ago, black sugar nuggets were popular in the villages of Uttarakhand, which were made by pouring thick sugar syrup into a mould. It was given to the children as a sweet and the elders also used to eat it with weak tea. This was the sugar of the poor villager. In folk songs, the heroine was compared to a nugget of Egypt. The migrant Paharis used to take it with them to the metropolitan cities by calling it ‘Muluk Mewa’ to keep it reminiscent of home. Kuja Misri is much more delicate than this ‘nugget’. Like a thin transparent membrane, its circular form is tempting, which requires special skill to make. Weaving a net of twine on thin bamboo skeins, it was hung in Khadi sugar solution.
‘Sugar Candy’ Varieties
In English language all these are varieties of ‘sugar candy’. Another form of misri which is not hard but soft is called ‘Candy Floss’. In our country, this is known as ‘old woman’s hair’. In the west, such art is called ‘Pulled Sugar’ art. In our opinion sugarcane cultivation has been taking place in India for thousands of years. There is no reason to believe that sugar was invented in any other country. For this, the word sugar is used in ancient Sanskrit literature, from which sugar has been produced.
Production of organic Egyptian started
The young generation has started groping for its heritage in the 21st century. Natural, artificial color chemical flavor free foods attract him. That’s why many big sugar mills have also started production of green/organic misri. Palm candy is also being used these days not for its medicinal properties, but for its flavour. The number of people using Misri as a substitute for sugar in home-made soft drinks is also increasing.