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Makhana

Hindu Metroplus, mad about Makhana Packets containing the white makhana are easy to spot at the supermarket.However, being a South Indian and used to eating pori (puffed rice) the makhana (known for it’s similarity in crunch) never seemed to pique much interest.One day however, a friend who came visiting on her yearly holiday to Coimbatore […]

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Ripe red chillies

Hindu Metroplus, fiery when it rains The monsoons are the right time for the green chilly saplings to thrive and grow. In a few months they will be ready for picking.While the first crop of chillies are plucked when green,the subsequent crops do start to show a smattering of ripened red chillies .Towards the end […]

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Vetrilai poondu saadham (Betel leaf and garlic rice)

Simplicity Coimbatore ,Vetrilai poondu saadham Most of us are familiar with seeing a tray of betel leaves during auspicious occasions and family festivities. A traditional thamboolam is said to be incomplete without the betel leaf. All through childhood watching the family elders sit around with a silver salver of freshly washed betel leaves with it’s […]

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Jasmine syrup

Hindu Metroplus, sweet,with a hint of jasmine   A profusion of images from nature flooded my Instagram feed during the summer holidays. My favourite being those of pretty flowers that dot the woods and the countryside abroad ,in spring. Among the lot the ones that caught my fancy were pictures of the dainty elder flower […]

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Green guava

Hindu Metroplus, Living on green power The guava may have originated in Central America but after hundreds of years of it’s existence in the Indian sub continent ,it is considered quite the local ! Very simply put , when it comes to nutrition, the guava is to Asia what the apple is to the west. […]

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Uzhave Thalai 2.0 – conclave on sustainable farming

Hindu Metroplus, From earth to earth Uzhave thalai 2.0 organised by The Indian Chamber for Commerce and Industry Coimbatore,for the second consecutive year, took place at the Hindustan Arts and Science College. The kit given to each participant comprised among other things a booklet containing elaborate information on sustainable farming and introductory notes on the […]

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Tamarind flowers

Hindu Metroplus, A dash of tamarind flowers When you walk under tamarind trees during this time of year ,the ground beneath your feet,should you chance to look down, will be coated with a light dusting of yellow.The first flowers of the tamarind trees have begun to put in an appearance and can be spotted in […]

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Kollu paruppu for the monsoons

Simplicity Coimbatore , Kollu paruppu for monsoons   The south west monsoon is here and this cloudy weather is urging my craving for some good old fashioned ‘kadanja kollu paruppu’. The kollu has been lying unused in it’s tall glass jars in my store room and I couldn’t wait to bring them out. Horse gram […]

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Peerkangai benefits

Simplicity Coimbatore , Ridge gourd peel in my chutney   We love the taste of peerkangai when cooked in the traditional manner by adding a little milk and turmeric with other spices and seasoning.It cooks to an almost melt-in-the-mouth consistency and contains a natural sweetness that is enhanced through the cooking process. While we enjoy […]

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School lunches

The hindu Metroplus , The dabba from home Now that the summer vacations have come to an end and the new school year has commenced ,it’s time for families to get back to following the regular school routine. One of things that’s uppermost on the mind is undoubtedly school lunches. When we were growing up […]

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Thenga manga pattani

The hindu Metroplus , Peas and manga With all the juicy ripe mango varieties that usually make their way to our home it’s only this year that we were fortunate to also receive a generous lot of killimukku manga from my sister-in-law , Mahitha akka’s farm. No matter how old one is ,this variety does […]

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Thevar Attam (Dance of the gods)

The Pollachi Papyrus , Thevar aatam   The drive from the outskirts of Pollachi town towards the picturesque Aliyar is dotted with small villages, one among which is known as Kambaalapatti, populated by folk who have lived there over generations. While they all earn their livelihoods in diverse ways, their lives are intrinsically interconnected, thanks […]

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Coconut sprout

Simplicity, The delightful coconut flower It was first at a family gathering when some of us were introduced to what is called the thaenga poo. In it’s initial stage, the colour and shape are very similar to that of a flower and I imagine that’s how it got the vernacular name. In reality the actual […]

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Litchis

Hindu Metroplus, In love with the litchi One of the advantages of staying home during the holidays is being able to meet childhood friends who are visiting from out of town. Even better is when they come bearing seasonal food gifts. To open the door and be handed a brown bag (they know I don’t […]

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Java plum ( Naval pazham)

Hindu Metroplus, The colour purple A food magazine after my own heart was undoubtedly the BBC India good food guide. Since it’s no longer in circulation I hold on to the past copies almost like safe guarding treasure. A few years ago one issue carried a recipe for a naval pazham sorbet. This is a […]

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