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Watermelon rind

The Hindu Metroplus , By the skin of the fruit Have you tried making a tarbooz ke chilke ki sabzi ? In other words, a side dish made from watermelon rind.It’s popularly eaten in the arid regions of Rajasthan but it isn’t something that one is familiar with in the Southern States. For the past […]

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Nungu (Ice apple)

The Hindu Metroplus , Seasonal refreshers It was just about a year ago when a few of us happened to have a chat with the nungu sellers who set up shop under the plush tree lined roads at Ambarampalayam. The start of summer is when the tree climbers are hard at work picking ripened fruit […]

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Heirloom tomato (Nattu Thakkali)

The Hindu Metroplus , Pucker up ,the nattu thakkali is here   One major battle that is constantly on going between me and my kitchen helpers is that of the hybrid tomato vs the country tomato.The so called ‘apple thakkali’ seems to have slowly but steadily usurped the place of the ‘nattu thakkali ‘ mainly […]

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Vegan Cookery Demo in Coimbatore

The Hindu Metroplus , Eat tasty and healthy   The headline on the Whatsapp image I received,said ‘Life beyond cheese’.It was about a vegan cookery demo held at Arttdinox (Race Course) organised by Bio Basics and On the Go restaurant. While an Indian vegan diet is easy to follow,it does get a bit challenging when […]

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Coriander in your diet

Simplicity Coimbatore , Coriander not to be taken lightly   We are often advised to include a variety of greens in our daily diet.How many of us actually pay attention to the many herbs that are on our plates every day ?! Let’s take the coriander leaves for instance…they are used as a garnish , […]

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Moringa flowers

Hindu metro plus , Saying it with moringa flowers   The lunch menu at home went something like this murungakkai sambhar , sundakkai poriyal and murungapoo varuval. Left to me I would have loved to add a murungakeerai cutlet along with it but fearing protests from my offspring’ decided to save that for another day […]

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Cauliflower Greens

Hindu metro plus , Don’t chuck those (organic) leaves   When a local farmer with years of experience in agriculture told me that it was possible to grow cauliflowers in the plains,it was all the prodding I needed to give it a go. This cruciferous vegetable that is loaded with a multitude of vitamins and […]

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The Indian Tamarind

Hindu metro plus , The sour truth If your childhood consisted of plucking ripe tamarind pods fresh off the roadside trees then you must know that it’s that time of the year again.The branches swaying in the wind result in unfolding a carpet of tamarind that remain undamaged thanks to being ensconced in the hard […]

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Micro greens -home grown

Hindu metro plus , Micro greens   Let’s talk micro greens shall we. They’re a recent addition to my kitchen garden. Before you groan and go , “not another new health fad” ,please read this through. The first time I was exposed to micro greens was when I was served a beautiful plate of a […]

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Mango Ginger (Maanga Inji )

Hindu metro plus , Maanga Inji Ever since I visited the Sulur Sandhai some months ago , my trips to this weekly shandy have gotten rather frequent. And I’m pleased to say that it’s become my go to place for any farm related implements made the old fashioned way. On one such visit I spotted […]

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