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Chocolate- Bean to bar

Hindu metro plus , Travels with chocolate The first time I knew of the word ‘cacao’ was when I was all of 10 years old with my head buried into a very interesting“ladybird” book which showed both in pictures and words,the journey travelled by the cacao bean from tree to being made into a chocolate […]

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Banana flower (Vazhaipoo)

Hindu metro plus , Vazhaipoo   In the past I’ve been known to wax eloquently about many aspects of the banana tree. From the banana leaf ,the green banana to the ripened fruit they are all terrific contributors to wellness in their own unique way. A few days ago,a post on instagram caught my attention. […]

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Boiled Groundnuts

Hindu metro plus , Snack on boiled groundnuts   In the past month my 4 p.m tea time slot has been all about a favourite childhood snack ; boiled groundnuts. My local organic vendor has had this ingredient on their list week after week. For some reason I never refer to it as a peanut […]

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Kandankathiri

Hindu metro plus , Farm foraged food   A few years ago I read about the food philosophy that chef Rene Redzepi had adopted at his restaurant Noma. Not only did he succeed in securing top accolades for his food worldwide but also managed to highlight the beauty of using seasonal produce that grew in […]

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Agathi Poo (Sesbania Grandiflora)- article in the hindu – metroplus

Hindu metro plus , Agathi flowers   It’s that time of the year when in the midst of all the country greens one gets to see bright flashes of red. This velvety flower when in bud stage curves outward like a long beak and hence the name ‘humming bird flower’ fits like a glove. In […]

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Gadgets – tiny in size big on utility- article-hindu metroplus

Hindu metro plus , Kitchen helpers     Food shows are undoubtedly the most watched  on television. They have contributed a great deal to not only kindling in the young , an interest in food  but also a passion to be a part of this amazing industry. Masterchef Australia is a show that is close […]

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Clove beans / Kaambhu Kathrikkai

A veggie that looks like a cross between a tiny brinjal stalk and a gigantic jasmine bud ! ‘How very unusual’ ,was my first thought when my friend Divya of foodshrink blog,sent me this pic ! I carried on with my day and soon forgot about this vegetable ,called Kaambhu kathirikkai. This was the name […]

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The “Baby Shower” part

Having an expectant mommy as a friend adds another dimension to the ‘friendship’. More smiles, many more topics of conversation,new vistas to explore and generally a whole lot more love going around ! Pregnancy,we all know is, often, after the initial excitement dies down, a period of introspection for the expectant parents. A multitude of […]

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Feijoa Fruit

Travelling with family always makes for the best holiday memories. Especially a laid back trip ,in a familiar surrounding,breathing clean air and generally experiencing a feeling of wellness and health leaves deep imprints in my soul. It’s this kind of experiences that I like to pass on to the next generation of kids in my […]

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Neikkarapatti Gola Urandai

The name “gola urundai”,in Tamil Nadu is used to describe minced meat balls. It is a huge favourite and many small eateries all over the state compete fiercely to offer the most delicious,succulent gola urundai. The preparation is deep fried and comprises of traditional south Indian spices and flavourings. The gola urundai is also a […]

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