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Ripe red chillies

Ripe red chillies

Hindu Metroplus, fiery when it rains The monsoons are the right time for the green chilly saplings to thrive and grow. In a few months they will be ready for picking.While the first crop of chillies are plucked when green,the subsequent crops do start to show a smattering of ripened red chillies .Towards the end […]

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Tamarind flowers

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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Java plum ( Naval pazham)

Java plum ( Naval pazham)

Hindu Metroplus, The colour purple A food magazine after my own heart was undoubtedly the BBC India good food guide. Since it’s no longer in circulation I hold on to the past copies almost like safe guarding treasure. A few years ago one issue carried a recipe for a naval pazham sorbet. This is a […]

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Tender tamarind leaves

Tender tamarind leaves

Simplicity Coimbatore, Flavours of tender tamarind leaves   After I began exchanging food trivia with readers and fellow food enthusiasts ,my senses not only began to get more attuned to seasons but also the untainted taste of simple local ingredients. Last year while walking through the neighbourhood of my growing up years,I continued to look […]

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Pomegranate leaves

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

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

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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Vepampoo season, vadagams and lots more

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

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

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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