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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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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