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Nungu summers

Nungu summers

Simplicity Coimbatore , Nungu summers A few days ago , a friend of mine sent me a picture on Whatsapp of a dish that she called ice apple salad. It had strawberries as well and the whole white and red effect was so pretty that for a few seconds I forgot that I was actually […]

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Gulkand (rose petal jam)

Gulkand (rose petal jam)

Simplicity Coimbatore , Gulkhand Pink petals unfurl themselves in layers to form the pretty blossom which then stands tall with it’s head nodding about the dark green leaves and hidden thorns.The paneer rose is much more than just a lovely flower. Rosewater and the heady attar made from these roses have always been celebrated in […]

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Agathi Kai

Agathi Kai

Hindu Metroplus , A pod cast in buttermilk   Since having made and tasted the agathi poo poriyal ,4 years ago, this pretty ingredient has always been a much looked forward lunch dish when in season.The agathi (sesbania grandiflora) plants do grow tall and these flowers hang in attractive clusters.As I stood admiring the white […]

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Pea pods (skins)

Pea pods (skins)

Simplicity Coimbatore , Pea pods are edible If you have yet to relish the tender green peas that are in season ,you’d better hurry before this winter vegetable is no longer at it’s best.Not many in the South of India are aware that peas are a winter vegetable.In Central and northern India however green pea […]

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Mochakottai

Mochakottai

Simplicity Coimbatore , Pachai avarai My mother and I were having a conversation about one of my favourite ingredients of this season and apparently the name that I’m familiar with is different from how it is known in stores in the city.So we  actually ended up arguing about that ! I’m referring to the mochai […]

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Shakshuka

Shakshuka

Hindu Metroplus , As you like it When hunger pangs strike ,eggs are an ingredient that is quick to cook and tastes great with the addition of a few basic flavour additions. An egg and tomato meal for me is an all time winner because the acidity of a roasted tomato really cuts through the […]

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Vetrilai poondu saadham (Betel leaf and garlic rice)

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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Green guava

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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Peerkangai benefits

Peerkangai benefits

Simplicity Coimbatore , Ridge gourd peel in my chutney   We love the taste of peerkangai when cooked in the traditional manner by adding a little milk and turmeric with other spices and seasoning.It cooks to an almost melt-in-the-mouth consistency and contains a natural sweetness that is enhanced through the cooking process. While we enjoy […]

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Thenga manga pattani

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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