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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Pearl onions ( chinna vengayam)

Hindu Metroplus, A pearl among veggies There we were,just mother and daughter tucking into a plate of vegetarian kothu parota.A few spoonfuls later, it dawned on us that the dish before us contained less of the bits of sautéed parota and more of chopped onions which had been cooked until they softened. Now our family […]

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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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