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Tamarind flowers

Hindu Metroplus, A dash of tamarind flowers When you walk under tamarind trees during this time of year ,the ground beneath your feet,should you chance to look down, will be coated with a light dusting of yellow.The first flowers of the tamarind trees have begun to put in an appearance and can be spotted in […]

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Kollu paruppu for the monsoons

Simplicity Coimbatore , Kollu paruppu for monsoons   The south west monsoon is here and this cloudy weather is urging my craving for some good old fashioned ‘kadanja kollu paruppu’. The kollu has been lying unused in it’s tall glass jars in my store room and I couldn’t wait to bring them out. Horse gram […]

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Peerkangai benefits

Simplicity Coimbatore , Ridge gourd peel in my chutney   We love the taste of peerkangai when cooked in the traditional manner by adding a little milk and turmeric with other spices and seasoning.It cooks to an almost melt-in-the-mouth consistency and contains a natural sweetness that is enhanced through the cooking process. While we enjoy […]

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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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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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Pangritata

The Hindu Metroplus Coimbatore , Top it up with some pangritata   A true foodie would never let the vagaries of weather dictate the fate of his or her taste buds. What that means is that while we will happily adhere to a diet of buttermilk,salads,fresh seasonal fruit etc, for most of the week, the […]

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