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Crocheted in Coonoor

Hindu Metroplus, Beautifully hooked ? Summertime in Coonoor is when we folks in the plains get to be temporary residents of this charming hill station. It’s also when we catch up with friends ,enjoy the unparalleled beauty of the mist descending down the hill tops,the flitting of bulbuls,the myriad colourful seasonal flowers and take in […]

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Camachile ( Cheeni puliyanga)

Simplicity Coimbatore, Cheeni puliyanga poriyal anyone ? If you are one of those people who have seen the cheeni puliyanga fruit growing on the tree then you would understand how irresistible it is for a child to tug on those curly bunches and yank away. It’s an activity that’s firmly implanted in my grey cells […]

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Tender tamarind leaves

Simplicity Coimbatore, Flavours of tender tamarind leaves   After I began exchanging food trivia with readers and fellow food enthusiasts ,my senses not only began to get more attuned to seasons but also the untainted taste of simple local ingredients. Last year while walking through the neighbourhood of my growing up years,I continued to look […]

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Pomegranate leaves

Hindu Metroplus, It’s a green world After reading up on so many of our native greens, the term ‘green leafy vegaetables’ has taken on a whole new meaning in my understanding of ingredients. Living in a tropical country that is blessed with an abundance of varied plant specimens,we actually seem to be spoilt for choice […]

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Maanga up for grabs

Simplicity Coimbatore , The versatility of the green manga Some of my most precious memories in life are those that were spent listening to the words of our former President Shri.Abdul Kalam. His messages, often simple spoke about sustainable living in a doable manner. During one of his talks here in Coimbatore,he laid emphasis on […]

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The indigenous rice varieties of India

Simplicity Coimbatore , Rice and it’s wonderful varieties When did we start thinking that of rice as an unhealthy ingredient ? Not only has it existed as part of this country’s diet for thousands of years but more importantly it is ‘the’ grain that is best suited to the Indian DNA in terms of digestion,absorption […]

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Pangritata

The Hindu Metroplus Coimbatore , Top it up with some pangritata   A true foodie would never let the vagaries of weather dictate the fate of his or her taste buds. What that means is that while we will happily adhere to a diet of buttermilk,salads,fresh seasonal fruit etc, for most of the week, the […]

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Chettinad’s food scenes

The Hindu Metroplus Coimbatore , The spice conundrum On a recent visit to Chettinad, several food facts came to light: the food doesn’t have to be loaded with spice; vegetarian options are just as delicious; most homes and establishments still retain traditional cooking techniques; and pressure cookers don’t rule the kitchen!   The uppu kari […]

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Farmers’ Market in Coimbatore

The Hindu Metroplus Coimbatore , The sustainable sandhai     An image of a lone farmer supporting a massive plough was part of a Whatsapp forward that caught my immediate attention.People from all walks of life are striving to make the farm to table connect with deep emphasis placed on sustainable and natural methods of […]

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Vepampoo season, vadagams and lots more

Simplicity Coimbatore , Vepampoo season     Living in the South of India, we can’t really boast of having a range of seasons. However, if you watch the environment carefully,it does change.The difference is sometimes subtle while other times quite vivid.Take for instance the change in the landscape since early February. The colours of spring […]

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Comb honey

The Hindu Metroplus , Straight from the hive   A few years ago honey wasn’t among my list of favourite ingredients. It was something that I turned to when having to remedy a sore throat or some other respiratory tract allergy. My equation with this liquid gold didn’t really change until I was introduced to […]

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Purslane

The Hindu Metroplus , The power of Purslane   A few years ago , I was introduced to the grow bag system of raising plants.This was encouraged by many a kitchen garden expert as the best means to use minimal water and save space. Our grow bags contain those plants that I feel thrive happily […]

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Watermelon rind

The Hindu Metroplus , By the skin of the fruit Have you tried making a tarbooz ke chilke ki sabzi ? In other words, a side dish made from watermelon rind.It’s popularly eaten in the arid regions of Rajasthan but it isn’t something that one is familiar with in the Southern States. For the past […]

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Nungu (Ice apple)

The Hindu Metroplus , Seasonal refreshers It was just about a year ago when a few of us happened to have a chat with the nungu sellers who set up shop under the plush tree lined roads at Ambarampalayam. The start of summer is when the tree climbers are hard at work picking ripened fruit […]

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