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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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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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Mango Ginger (Maanga Inji )

Hindu metro plus , Maanga Inji Ever since I visited the Sulur Sandhai some months ago , my trips to this weekly shandy have gotten rather frequent. And I’m pleased to say that it’s become my go to place for any farm related implements made the old fashioned way. On one such visit I spotted […]

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Boiled Groundnuts

Hindu metro plus , Snack on boiled groundnuts   In the past month my 4 p.m tea time slot has been all about a favourite childhood snack ; boiled groundnuts. My local organic vendor has had this ingredient on their list week after week. For some reason I never refer to it as a peanut […]

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Sundakkai / thai eggplant /turkey berry

Hindu metro plus , sundakkai a k a turkey berry Thai food features on our menu at least a couple of times a month,especially when the weather turns cool. The combination of the fiery thai chilli paste and sweet ,creamy coconut milk is one that is irresistible. Over the years I’ve managed to grow the […]

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Betel leaves

Hindu metro plus , betel wrap   My earliest memory of betel leaves go something like this ; After a family function the grandies of the family would have the traditional silver platter brought out. These would contain lots of freshly washed betel leaves neatly arranged to form an overlapping circle , a square cup […]

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The sugarcane juice story at Cane4U

Hindu metro plus , Cane 4 U     A road trip with cousins is always an unforgettable experience. The one we took on the first weekend of April was no different.  All the fun and merriment aside there was little respite from the intense heat of summer. One of the highlights of our weekend […]

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Life at a free-range egg farm

Hindu metro plus , The Happy hens at Farm Made Foods   Did you know that hens caught colds too ? I never knew that until I visited the farm at Ammapalayam that is owned by Mr. S. Umapathy and family. It’s situated about an hour and half’s drive from Coimbatore city and is part […]

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