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Village kids enjoying fresh groundnuts (peanuts) on the cow dung floor in their family hut, Kavanur, Tamil Nadu.

The peanut or groundnut (Arachis hypogaea) is a species in the family Fabaceae (commonly known as the bean, pea or legume family).

In the Indian subcontinent, peanuts are known as a light snack by themselves, usually roasted and salted (sometimes with the addition of chilli powder), and often sold roasted in pod, or boiled with salt. They are also made into little dessert or sweet snack pieces by processing with refined sugar and jaggery. Indian cuisine uses roasted, crushed peanuts to give a crunchy body to salads; they are added whole (without pods) to leafy vegetable stews for the same reason. Another use of peanut oil as cooking oil. Most Indians use mustard, sunflower, and peanut oil for cooking. In Andhra Pradesh groundnut ‘chutney’ is a popular combination, usually partaken with Dosa and Idli at breakfast.

Cow is considered very sacred in Hinduism and it is called Gow Maata (Cow, The mother). Cow dung and cow urine is considered holy in India.

Applying Cow Dung is part of cleaning process in Indian villages. In festivals also, after cleaning their houses, rural people implant cow-dung paste on walls and floors for making their houses pure just like urban people make their houses painted for getting the festive feel.

The recent researches have proved that Cow dung has the power to kill bacteria which are harmful for humans. Cow Dung is considered good for health. It is very rich in minerals and a great factor of anti-bacterial. It prevents people from various diseases and health issues.

Small insects like scorpions, centipedes etc don’t come near to the places which are coated with the paste of Cow dung. Cow Dung acts as a natural mosquito repellent. Mosquitoes stay away from such places.

The floor which is coated with cow Dung remains warm in winters and cold in summers. In rural areas, people apply cow-dung on outer walls of their homes and let them dry. Villagers use these dry cow dung cakes as fuel.

Even in many parts of the developing world, and in the past in mountain regions of Europe, caked and dried cow dung is used as fuel.

Cow-dung is also used as raw material for bio-gas plant.

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