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    Traditional Local Food For Anganwadi Kids In Assam’s Hailakandi

    The Hailakandi district administration has tweaked the regular lunch menu and asked the mothers to cook traditional recipes

    To break the monotony of eating the same meal every day and also to make the district malnutrition-free, healthy and strong, the Hailakandi district administration has launched an interesting initiative – ‘Dibbi Adaan Pradaan’ – for the children of anganwadis as part of Poshaan Maah celebrations.

    The Hailakandi district administration has tweaked the regular lunch menu – khichdi or suji – and asked the mothers to cook traditional recipes once a week. The students will exchange their dibbis (tiffin boxes) with other children during lunchtime and will get a chance to taste diverse foods.

    Speaking on the unique initiative of ‘Dibbi Adaan Pradaan’, Keerthi Jalli, Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner said, “This pilot project was initiated in Hailakandi to make use of traditional local recipes. It is often found that children don’t prefer to eat food prepared in their homes and rather prefer food prepared by someone else. We thought of involving the community and requested the mothers to prepare their traditional food which will be exchanged with other students.”

    She added, “A Reang recipe is being tried out by a Bengali and vice versa. Recipes are being shared by the mothers for diversification of cooking styles to appeal to the nutritional needs of children. This move has been found to be highly effective as it has developed a healthy competition in innovative cooking by mothers in turn benefiting the developing appetite of the children for healthy homemade food.”

    The Deputy Commissioner urged everyone to eat leafy vegetables and locally available fruits to remain strong and healthy especially with unique local alternatives like amla (gooseberry) candies.

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