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Vetrilai poondu saadham (Betel leaf and garlic rice)

Simplicity Coimbatore ,Vetrilai poondu saadham Most of us are familiar with seeing a tray of betel leaves during auspicious occasions and family festivities. A traditional thamboolam is said to be incomplete without the betel leaf. All through childhood watching the family elders sit around with a silver salver of freshly washed betel leaves with it’s […]

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Jasmine syrup

Hindu Metroplus, sweet,with a hint of jasmine   A profusion of images from nature flooded my Instagram feed during the summer holidays. My favourite being those of pretty flowers that dot the woods and the countryside abroad ,in spring. Among the lot the ones that caught my fancy were pictures of the dainty elder flower […]

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Green guava

Hindu Metroplus, Living on green power The guava may have originated in Central America but after hundreds of years of it’s existence in the Indian sub continent ,it is considered quite the local ! Very simply put , when it comes to nutrition, the guava is to Asia what the apple is to the west. […]

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Uzhave Thalai 2.0 – conclave on sustainable farming

Hindu Metroplus, From earth to earth Uzhave thalai 2.0 organised by The Indian Chamber for Commerce and Industry Coimbatore,for the second consecutive year, took place at the Hindustan Arts and Science College. The kit given to each participant comprised among other things a booklet containing elaborate information on sustainable farming and introductory notes on the […]

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School lunches

The hindu Metroplus , The dabba from home Now that the summer vacations have come to an end and the new school year has commenced ,it’s time for families to get back to following the regular school routine. One of things that’s uppermost on the mind is undoubtedly school lunches. When we were growing up […]

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Thenga manga pattani

The hindu Metroplus , Peas and manga With all the juicy ripe mango varieties that usually make their way to our home it’s only this year that we were fortunate to also receive a generous lot of killimukku manga from my sister-in-law , Mahitha akka’s farm. No matter how old one is ,this variety does […]

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Chettinad’s food scenes

The Hindu Metroplus Coimbatore , The spice conundrum On a recent visit to Chettinad, several food facts came to light: the food doesn’t have to be loaded with spice; vegetarian options are just as delicious; most homes and establishments still retain traditional cooking techniques; and pressure cookers don’t rule the kitchen!   The uppu kari […]

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Vepampoo season, vadagams and lots more

Simplicity Coimbatore , Vepampoo season     Living in the South of India, we can’t really boast of having a range of seasons. However, if you watch the environment carefully,it does change.The difference is sometimes subtle while other times quite vivid.Take for instance the change in the landscape since early February. The colours of spring […]

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Comb honey

The Hindu Metroplus , Straight from the hive   A few years ago honey wasn’t among my list of favourite ingredients. It was something that I turned to when having to remedy a sore throat or some other respiratory tract allergy. My equation with this liquid gold didn’t really change until I was introduced to […]

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Purslane

The Hindu Metroplus , The power of Purslane   A few years ago , I was introduced to the grow bag system of raising plants.This was encouraged by many a kitchen garden expert as the best means to use minimal water and save space. Our grow bags contain those plants that I feel thrive happily […]

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