Do you know the name of first woman teacher of India? Hereafter you can say “Yes”. It is Savithribai Phule. She was born in Naigaon, Satara District of Maharashtra on 3rd January 1831. Savitribai Phule was only nine when she was married to 13-year-old Jyothirao Phule. However, her husband educated her and trained her to become a teacher.
She was a social reformer, who, along with her husband played an important role in improving women’s rights in India during the British Rule. She only took much efforts for establishing a school for girls in India. In 1851, Savitribai Phule founded three schools that taught over 150 girls. Most schools at that time were only meant for those from the upper castes but Savitribai Phule and her husband started schools for ‘untouchables’.
She was a revolutionary woman in 19th century. She is a pioneer of advocating woman’s right in India. Poetry was her passion and Savitribai Phule wrote about the importance of education in her poems. As a social reformer, she was sensitive towards the needs of women and girls. She set up a care programme for widows and fought against caste-based discrimination. Other major achievements of her include campaigns against Sati tradition, child marriage and other social evils. She passed away on 10th March 1897.
Let us give a big salute for her broad-mindedness and firm mind to promote the status of the women in the society.
We all know that drumstick leaves are very good for health. How to cook this in a nice way to satisfy our taste buds? One such tasty dish is drumstick leaves kootu. It suits very well with rice and chapathi.
Ingredients required :
Drumstick leaves – One big bunch
Gingerly oil – 1/4 tsp
Cooking oil – 1/2 tsp
Tur dal – 100 gms
Mung dal – 50 gms
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Kala mirch – 1/4 tsp
Green chilly – 4
Jeera – 1/2 tsp
Coconut – shredded – 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
Salt – 3/4 tsp
Curry leaves – one small bunch
Coriander leaves – one small bunch
Method of preparation :
Wash and shred drumstick leaves. Pressure cook tur dal and mung dal with turmeric, gingerly oil & water. mash well, when it is still hot. Grind coconut, green chilly, jeera and kala mirch coarsely. In a kadai, put cooking oil & do seasoning with mustard seeds and asafoetida. Put drumstick leaves and one cup of water. Close the lid & cook for 10 minutes. Then, add the ground mixture, salt and cooked dal. Let them mix well & get cooked nicely with nice aroma. Put curry leaves and coriander leaves & switch off the gas. This drumstick leaves kootu will be liked even by children. Please try.