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Marcha

Since ancient times man learnt that grains and fruit of various kinds could be induced to ferment and produce potions  with alcohol content. Many of these beverages till today, in various societies, are used in religious rites. Most, of course, refined and bottled, ensure happy times for man. Marcha (mar-cha) is the catalyst used locally to induce fermentation in boiled rice and millet to produce an alcoholic beverage. Marcha is made in villages out of rice flour mixed with roots of a native plant. The rice flower cakes are dried in the sun on beds of leaves of a specific fern found in these hills and sold in markets. People buy them to make their own brew. Nobody knows why fern leaves are used for drying Marcha.

 

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