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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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Pomegranate molasses

Pomegranate molasses

Simplicity Coimbatore , make your own pomegranate dressing   The most often found fruit in our fruit bowl at home is the pomegranate. Easily available all through the year ,I love this fruit for it’s intense red colour , juiciness and many health benefits. It’s also one of the fruits which are most resistant to […]

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Rose water for summer

Rose water for summer

Simplicity Coimbatore , Home made rose water The loveliest sight during the onset of summer is to see the riot of blooms in their gorgeous hues and shapes. A flower that was most common in the Indian garden is now one that needs to be ferreted out from our garland makers at the poo market. […]

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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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Elantha pazham (jujube)

Elantha pazham (jujube)

Simplicity Coimbatore , Elantha pazham childood memories   Most of us cherish those memories of intervals (mid day breaks) spent at the canteen back in our school days. Among the many other treats which were sold in various paisa denominations,one which is extremely special is the elantha vadai. My friends and I never really bothered […]

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Green channa

Green channa

Simplicity Coimbatore , Hara channa   A few days ago I got a message on Whatsapp about the short term availability of the fresh green chick pea otherwise known as green channa. I was delighted and quite eager to get my hands on this rarely available ingredient.It’s not really common in South Indian cuisine because […]

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Winter carrots (Laal gajar)

Winter carrots (Laal gajar)

Simplicity Coimbatore , winter carrots If you’re one of those people who scout the grocery section or market looking for seasonal ingredients, then you would have definitely spotted the winter carrot otherwise known as the desi gajar .’Desi’ simply refers to the fact that it is a crop that is indigenous to the northern regions […]

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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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Kollu paruppu for the monsoons

Kollu paruppu for the monsoons

Simplicity Coimbatore , Kollu paruppu for monsoons   The south west monsoon is here and this cloudy weather is urging my craving for some good old fashioned ‘kadanja kollu paruppu’. The kollu has been lying unused in it’s tall glass jars in my store room and I couldn’t wait to bring them out. Horse gram […]

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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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