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Bell Fruit aka Paneer Nellikkai

One busy morning while I was on my way to finish the important errands of the day,deep in thought I absently gazed out of my car window. A flash of bright red brought me out of my reverie and onto ‘foodie’ mode. Interesting looking plump red (what looked like fruit) were placed in an attractive […]

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Idigarai murukku

A long time ago before the arrival of samosas,kachoris,puris,sev and other fried delicacies from the North, became popular in Tamil Nadu,the people of the South indulged their taste buds in fried snacks made from rice and dhals…murukkus ,seedai , thatta murrukku , ribbon murrukku or ottu pakoda¬† and many variations of the same were most […]

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Artisitic food

I’ve long believed that food is an expression of who we are as individuals,what we appreciate in life…as in beauty is in the eye of the beholder ! To be an artist one need not always express themselves on canvas…while I am an art lover…art is also in music ,theatre, fashion ,jewellery ,writing and in […]

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Food disguises

Food disguises….what you see is not what you are actually eating…many chefs all over the world have mastered the art of making dining an art form .One of my favourite chefs whose work I am completely in awe of is Heston Blumenthal…his 3 michelin star rated restaurant ‘The Fat Duck’ has been consisitently voted among […]

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Kaffir lime aka Narthangai

Kaffir lime,that fragrant ingredient that has permeated into our home and our food…full of flavour and really adds zestiness and zing to an Asian dish ! The citrusy flavours go so well with the sweet flavours of coconut milk and the spiciness of fresh red chili…truly a marriage made in heaven ! While we fret […]

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Orange peel

When people talk of citrus fruits…Vitamin C quickly slips into the conversation…drinking OJ world over,is very common and most all breakfast buffets will serve a pitcher of this refreshing orange drink…it’s one of those foods that signify health instantaneously…the sweet sometimes tart taste of the fruit finds it’s way into many many dishes both sweet […]

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Bento Box

The Japanese are famous for their artistic flourishes whether in food,their living spaces,their attire,their tea ceremonies and the way they present their wares. It’s a culture where respect and reverence is steeped in every action,the guest is indeed treated on par with the divine.¬† They shower so much attention on their guests from the moment […]

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Ezhantha vadai

It wasn’t until much later in life,as an adult,that I knew the English name for the ezhantha palam.The Indian jujube as it is also known is a huge favourite in rural India. For me the ezhantha palam will always remind me of the ezhantha vadai,that was and still has my brother and cousins drooling. This […]

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