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Sandhaghai dinners (idiappam variations)

The Hindu Metroplus , All steamed up   One of our all time favourite dinners growing up was undoubtedly the sandhagai. I’m not sure if my mother was aware of this but this simple dinner never ceased to fascinate me no matter how many times it was served during the course of my childhood.The reason […]

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Ravuthar recipes- Cookbook by Hazeena Seyad

The Hindu Metroplus , Ravuthar recipes – Hazeena Seyad   Picture courtesy :Rock Paper Scissors Studio A dish that is a huge favourite at home is undoubtedly the Kari Katti Kola urandai. To see it featured on the cover of a cookbook against a striking turquoise blue background, titled “Ravuthar Recipes” caught my attention instantly. […]

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Deepavali (Diwali) gift hamper options 2017

The Hindu Metroplus , The gifts you bear Deepavali,the festival of lights is celebrated with such joy and togetherness. It is a time of the year when families take time out of their daily routine to visit loved ones bearing special gifts. Festival gifts can vary from traditional home made sweets to carefully chosen exotic […]

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Murukkus from Coimbatore

Hindu metro plus , In search of the hand made Murukku   If there’s one thing that our friends overseas can never get enough of,it’s our savoury Indian snacks. Among the lot ,the murukkus are a clear winner.They insist that it’s the perfect nibble accompaniment to a glass of chilled wine,especially during the summer months.So,it […]

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Strawberry preserve -locally grown and home-made

Hindu metro plus , Strawberry fields forever A friend gifted me a bottle of strawberry jam for Diwali,about 2 years ago. She told me that the lady who made it grew her own strawberries and was particular about following a natural process sans preservatives. I couldn’t wait to try!  The jam turned out to have […]

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Panam kalkandu ( rock candy from the palmyra tree)

Hindu metro plus ,Sweet alternatives for pongal The rituals that make up the harvest festival hold a great deal of significance for me.Not only does it give me an opportunity to pay obeisance to the land for it’s multitude of offerings but it also throws light on how important it is to be involved in […]

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Kollu paruppu (horse gram lentil)

Hindu metro plus ,A hot favourite It doesn’t matter where one is from or how much of global cuisine one is exposed to because at the end of the day all food enthusiasts have one thing in common.We all crave comfort food.Not anything fancy or unusual but food that reminds us of being ‘hand–fed’ by […]

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Copra (Dried coconut and it’s uses)

Hindu metro plus ,A cut and dried treat   A new ingredient has been a source of much delight for me over the past few days. By new I don’t mean to say it’s a discovery of sorts or anything to that effect , on the contrary it’s something that’s always been a part of […]

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Green papaya

Hindu metro plus ,How green is your papaya ?   A guest from Europe was quite fascinated at the sight of the papaya tree growing in my garden.It wasn’t just the fact that it was a tropical tree but also because the fruit when available was rather expensive in his part of the world.That set […]

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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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