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Citron – an original but uncommon citrus fruit !-article for the hindu-metroplus edition

Hindu metro plus , Citron My aunt Krishnaveni is passionate about her farm . She is always on the look out for unusual seeds and is rather adept at growing them. She makes it a habit to treat me to some of her unusual findings. So, one day  what arrived at my doorstep was a […]

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Liliputtian delights- article in the hindu-metroplus edition

Hindu metro plus , Lilliputian delights http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Food/bitesized-sweets/article7512348.ece On arriving home one day I was delighted to find a box of the famous sweet from Andhra Pradesh,the khaaja. They were generously shared by Nithya and Narayan Kumar.I was thrilled more so with it’s diminutive size ! I had never before seen nor eaten one that was […]

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My pumpkin patch – article for the hindu- metroplus section

Hindu metro plus,pumpkin patch   http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Food/remembering-apj-abdul-kalam/article7481451.ece Early this year ,I was inspired to devote time to nurturing my kitchen garden. The greens and the herbs did well but the vegetables were another story altogether. The trials continued with a variety of seeds. One day ,we decided to plant some pumpkin seeds. With little or almost […]

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Miniature food art- article in the hindu metroplus

http://m.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/bitesized-and-beautiful/article7456406.ece   My cousin Harini has introduced me to a whole other world of food ! It’s far from edible but that doesn’t make it any less delectable,  to look at ! Thanks to her, I got to know Shirali and learn more about her miniature food creations. Shirali lives in Ahmedabad and is a […]

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Millet noodle – Healthy noodle dinners- article in the hindu metroplus

Chinese food is a family favourite. And I love cooking it too. I find prepping a Chinese meal calming and therapeutic. I enjoy the precision and organising that goes into it. Cutting the veggies uniformly and neatly placing them in individual bowls before firing up the wok for a quick stir fry is what this […]

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10 biriyani mandi – article in the hindu-metroplus

  “Have you tried 10 biryani mandi in Ram Nagar?” I received this whatsapp message from a friend, along with pictures of the food she ate there. That is all I needed to try it out. It was clean, simple and unpretentious. And ‘10’ is the door number, and there is a large white board […]

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Handwritten recipes

          My favourite kind of recipes are the ones that turn out great as a result of kitchen mishaps. These too find special mention in my book along with a description of the kitchen blooper. Photo: Special Arrangement   My mother always right away wrote down a recipe that was a […]

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Natural Vinegars- article in the hindu-metroplus edition

  A large cane hamper filled with crusty bread, a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh fruit and cheese is my idea of picnic fare.   I have used vinegar many times and in many ways. It adds not just a sour note, but also carries the muted flavours of fermented sugars, […]

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Adhalakkai – a forgotten vegetable ! – article in the hindu – metroplus edition

The Adhalakkai       Most of us can identify an olive, a caper or even a raspberry. But, mention adhalakkai and most folks go, “Huh? What’s that?” My aunt Mallika sent me some adhalakkai recently, and my help at home thought they were baby bittergourds. I was utterly dismayed and I decided to write […]

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Balamurali Snacks -Coimbatore -article in the hindu ,metroplus edition

  Roadside eateries can surprise you with some really tasty, like crisp and golden samosas, writes SHANTHINI RAJKUMAR   How many of us can resist biting into a hot flaky samosa? Especially one that was bought by a thoughtful brother! Certainly, not me. This treat doesn’t really need an occasion. Our biking buddy Deepak Samuel […]

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