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Open Kitchen pizzeria & deli

The quaint hill town of Coonoor has seen a few changes since the summers of my childhood.That’s why I was most excited to see the sign that said ‘Open Kitchen pizzeria & deli‘ set above the provision store at Bedford. Apart from a couple of mentions on my instagram feed about the pizzas I didn’t […]

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Cafe’ Diem

Hindu metro plus , Radhika Shastry’s cafe’   When my brother-in-law Arun, heard that I was going to Coonoor he not only told me to check out Café Diem but followed his suggestion up a few days later with an insistent reminder for the same. One of the topics that we can talk tirelessly of […]

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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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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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Nut butters

Hindu metro plus , Utterly nutty butterly It’s a usual practice at our home when having people over to first ask about their dietary preferences.Trying out various diets is rather common in the grown up world but it came as a complete surprise to me when my kids talked of one of their friends who […]

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The French door

Hindu metro plus , The French Connection We decided on a lunch outing one day and as we drove down Bashyakarlu road,my mother pointed out to a building and said “oh look,what a beautiful house”.I smiled and told her that we had reached our destination.The restaurant in question was located behind a charming old French […]

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Ven pongal with millets

Hindu metro plus , Millet pongal We grew up eating the staple dosa (south indian rice pancake) ,chutney and sambhar (lentil side dish) breakfast.On special days there would be piping hot,crisp ullunthu vadais  (deep fried savoury donuts) waiting for us at the table (my brother’s favourite) .The one dish that was rarely made at home […]

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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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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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