`Curd and treacle` all over the Southern Province of Sri Lanka is the `visiting food`, is also predominantly a festival food.
Idiomatically, `love or friendship` between two persons is said to be like `curd and treacle`.
It is one of the most cathected and over determined symbols in southern province associated with visits to kinsmen, love (the need for attention and solicitude) and for some with nostalgia for their childhood.
Treacle (kithul pani which is made from the kithul palm). Kitul tapping has a long history in Sri Lanka. There is even a special caste (hakuru), which make its living from kitul tapping and jaggery making, and also generate a large proportion of the rural economy. Both men and women participate in kitul tapping and processing. Men tap the inflorescence and collect the sap, while women boil the treacle and produce the jaggery.
To make curd, buffalo milk is filtered and boiled, the scum is removed and it is cooled to room temperature. A few spoonfuls of a previous batch of curd are added and it is then mixed well and poured into clay pots. These are sealed by wrapping a piece of paper over the pot and allowing it to stand for 12 hours. Filtering removes any particles and boiling kills micro-organisms as well as causing separation of some cream. The starter culture from a previous batch inoculates the milk, and the resulting lactic acid retards the growth of other micro-organisms and causes the curd to set. Fermentation also develops the characteristic flavor of the product.
Some Beauty Tips
Curd is the main ingredient in beauty tips galore smear curd over the face to become fair and lovely, wash hair with curd cream for shimmer-n-sheen, apply to get rid of scars and blackheads, drink buttermilk for a healthy glow, and whey to lose weight.
Now do you understand why all women are `apsaras` in South Asia? :)