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|Yellow to Red (standard:other, 615 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Dec 16 2012||Views/Reads: 1654/1267||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Color change at the traffic lights triggered some thoughts in Juggernaut about making red colored kumkum from yellow turmeric. Read about it.|
Click here to read the first 75 lines of the story main ingredient in making sindoor or tilak; Hindus use sindoor to make red-dot on their forehead. Kumkum powder in various shades of red is in fact yellow turmeric powder. Juggernaut's mother, like many Hindu women make Kumkum powder at home. The process was simple though laborious. The turmeric roots or rhizomes sold in the market were ground into a fine powder. The yellow turmeric powder is the base for making curry powder that's why Indian curry is always yellow from using turmeric. To turn yellow turmeric powder to shades of red or vermillion, the turmeric powder mildly boiled with lye or caustic solution, this would turn the color from yellow to red, and then the wet red Kumkum powder is sun-dried. The intensity of red depends on the concentration of caustic used. The color change of yellow turmeric to red Kumkum by caustic is a simple acid and base reaction. Yellow Turmeric is acidic and red Kumkum is alkaline with lye. Sacred red Kumkum is a symbol of divine and yellow turmeric is symbol of Indian curry. “Wait a minute, I was burnt with hundreds of dollars of fine from red light violations recorded illegally while the red kumkum is a symbol of divine, something is wrong here that's why the traffic cameras should be barred,” shouted Juggernaut while driving home. Tweet
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