Indian Recipies

Indian recipes

Indian recipes can be found throughout the eastern India rural plains. One of the best Indian recipes is Baingaan Bharta which is baked eggplant. This Indian recipe is a simple dish enjoyed by children in the east India rural plains.

India East India's Rural Plains

The Location


The Population


The Religion


The Weather

  • Poor adults in the rural plains rarely own land. Rather, they work as day laborers on others’ farms. East India man plowing field
  • Throughout the region, partner churches report that after only a brief time in the Compassion program, assisted children are much healthier and happier. East India children waving
  • The job of collecting water from community pumps usually falls to women and children. East India boys pumping water
  • At their Compassion center, children enjoy playing and just being kids. East India children at swingset
  • These girls are learning how to make bags from jute. Vocational training is an important part of the Compassion program to help children escape poverty. East India girls weaving rope
  • This woman from the rural plains collects bundles of grass to dry and use as fuel for the family’s mud stove. East India woman baling hay

Overview: Eastern India's Rural Plains

The plains region of eastern India is prone to weather extremes, from flooding to drought. People who live near the Bay of Bengal also are vulnerable to the frequent cyclones.

For families who rely on agriculture, such weather uncertainties often mean bankruptcy and debt. Sadly, many families are working today to pay off debt incurred by their parents and grandparents before them. It is a hopeless lifestyle for people who cannot make enough to meet their families’ daily needs, much less pay off debt.

The rural plains region is home to a wide variety of people groups, including the Bengalis, Biharis and Nepalis, among others. Also living in this region are several smaller indigenous tribal groups. Each group has its own language, traditional dress and customs. Hinduism is the primary religion here.


Culture Corner

(baked eggplant)

Try this simple dish, enjoyed by children in eastern India’s rural plains.


Bake an eggplant in the oven until it is fully baked and the meat is soft.

Remove the meat from the peel and mash it. Add a little oil, finely chopped onion, chopped green chili peppers, coriander, and salt to taste.

Serve with toasted pita bread pieces.


Here are a few phrases you can use when writing to your sponsored child in eastern India.

Mo timrowlaagi prarthana gardeichu?
I am praying for you.
(Nepali language)

Tomaar swapno key?
What is your dream?
(Bengali language)

Tumhaara paarhai kaisa chal raha hai?
How are your studies going?
(Hindi language)


Life in Eastern India's Rural Plains

Throughout the plains region of eastern India, Compassion ministers to children in rural towns and villages. The population of the plains region comprises a wide variety of ethnicities and cultures. The primary religion is Hinduism, although other religions are also practiced.

Poverty is the primary obstacle for rural plains families. Small-scale farming is the main source of work. But the region’s unpredictable weather, fluctuating between flood and drought, often leads to crop failure and food shortages. Some adults work in the many rock quarries found in this region or in other menial jobs that pay only between $1 and $3 per day.

The region’s poor homes are small structures of bamboo, mud, thatch and other simple materials. These homes often accommodate large families and provide little protection from the elements.

Children at Home

Homes on eastern India’s rural plains are made from a variety of materials, including bamboo, mud, thatch, tin or plastic sheeting. These small homes, usually measuring only 100 square feet, house families of up to seven members. The homes have no access to electricity, and during monsoons or cyclones they are often damaged or destroyed. It’s also not unheard of that elephants will destroy a home, looking for grain to eat.


Community Issues and Concerns east india rural plains community

Poverty is the main challenge for people living in eastern India’s rural plains region. Most people engage in small-scale agriculture, but the erratic rainfall makes this a precarious livelihood. In some areas, flash floods from annual monsoons wipe out crops before they can be harvested. In other areas, a lack of rain is just as devastating. As a result, many rural plains dwellers move to urban areas in search of work, only to find themselves in a worse situation.

Besides agriculture, people on the plains sometimes find work in the large quarries in this region or do odd jobs such as fishing, serving as porters or house maids, or selling fruits and vegetables in the markets. However, on average, such menial work pays the equivalent of only $1 to $3 per day.

Children in this region are vulnerable to such illnesses as malaria, hepatitis and bacterial diarrhea. These preventable conditions are the result of unsanitary living conditions and the lack of education about basic hygiene.

Another concern is the threat from the extremist, anti-government Maoist group, whose violence keeps people on edge. For people in this region, there is also a threat from Hindu fanatics who sometimes destroy churches and threaten the lives of believers.

Local Needs and Challenges

It is not easy for children from eastern India’s rural plains to grow up healthy and happy. Children commonly deal with chronic malnutrition and diseases such as hepatitis, malaria and bacterial diarrhea caused by unsanitary living conditions and the consumption of contaminated water. But medical attention is largely inaccessible to poor families. In addition, most schools in this region are overcrowded and under-supplied. They also lack qualified teachers. As a result, children typically don’t advance beyond middle school.


Schools and Education east india rural plains education

Educational levels in the region are low, with few students advancing beyond middle school. Often children leave school to work and help provide for their families, or to care for younger siblings while parents work.

Children attend school in one of two shifts, either in the morning or the afternoon. Because of poor pay, there are few qualified teachers, and there can be up to 80 students under the care of one teacher.

At the Compassion Child Development Center

At Compassion-assisted child development centers in eastern India’s rural plains region, children receive the one-on-one attention from the staff that they lack in their schools. Extra tutoring helps them achieve standard academic milestones, and balanced meals help them avoid malnutrition. The children also learn good hygiene habits to keep themselves healthy. Most important, they have the opportunity to learn about God’s love and His gift of salvation.


Working Through the Local Church

Compassion believes that God’s purposes on Earth are accomplished through the church – including His purpose of bringing justice and mercy to the world’s poor and oppressed. That’s why in eastern India, as in every country where Compassion’s ministry is found, our program is carried out through local churches.

Our partner churches in eastern India are on the front lines, reaching into their communities to serve impoverished children and families. After all, who better than the local church understands the real needs of the people in its community?

It is our privilege and blessing to work alongside these committed partner churches in eastern India, encouraging, empowering and equipping them to meet children’s needs, all because of God's love.

How Compassion Works in India east india rural plains compassion in india

Compassion’s work in India began in 1968 and in eastern India in 2002. Currently, more than 56,500 children participate in 233 child development centers in eastern India.

Compassion partners with local churches, helping them provide Indian children with a long-term program of physical, educational, social and spiritual development. Through this partnership between Compassion and local churches, children in need have the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and fulfill their God-given potential.

The Role of a Partnership Facilitator

As the link between Compassion and the partner churches operating our program, Partnership Facilitators play an important role. In eastern India, one of these dedicated staff members is Rupesh. Previously, Rupesh worked at a local church’s Compassion center. So he knows well the challenges partner churches face in providing the best program possible for the children they serve.

Rupesh has a big heart for eastern India’s children in need. He meets regularly with the staff members of the centers under his care, addressing any issues they have and guiding them in improving their ministry. And when he is back in the Compassion office, he spends time with other Partnership Facilitators, sharing ideas and encouraging each other in their important work.


Prayer Requests

  • Pray for the health of children living in unsanitary conditions in the rural plains villages.
  • Pray that parents will understand the importance of education and encourage their children to complete their schooling.
  • Pray for the protection of children and their families from flooding, drought, cyclones and other natural disasters.
  • Pray for the end to the persecution in this region by Hindu extremists.
  • Pray for Compassion child development center staff members, who diligently strive to meet the needs of the children in their care.