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Sesame seed balls (ellu urundai)

Sesame seed balls (ellu urundai)

Simplicity Coimbatore , sesame-the nutrient rich seed The harvest festival that we in Tamil Nadu refer to as Pongal is a time when we celebrate the land for nourishing us with it’s rich bounty and also acknowledging the role of the sun as it passes into ‘makaram’ ,marking the end of shorter days and heralding […]

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Classic Cheese ball

Classic Cheese ball

Hindu Metroplus , Cheese and the Indian palate An often ordered appetiser at many restaurants here in Coimbatore is undoubtedly the cheese ball.This deep fried snack with it’s golden crunchy exterior and melting stringy cheese on the inside,sometimes with the addition of corn ,jalapenos, onions etc is popular at parties as well. There is however […]

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Dugout Cafe' Coimbatore

Dugout Cafe’ Coimbatore

Hindu Metroplus , Take a pit stop If ,like me, you too enjoyed reading the Grimm’s fairy tales while growing up then a gingerbread house would never cease to delight even as an adult !The part where Hansel and Gretel find an edible house in the woods is undoubtedly one of my favourite of childhood […]

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Makhana

Makhana

Hindu Metroplus, mad about Makhana Packets containing the white makhana are easy to spot at the supermarket.However, being a South Indian and used to eating pori (puffed rice) the makhana (known for it’s similarity in crunch) never seemed to pique much interest.One day however, a friend who came visiting on her yearly holiday to Coimbatore […]

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Coconut sprout

Coconut sprout

Simplicity, The delightful coconut flower It was first at a family gathering when some of us were introduced to what is called the thaenga poo. In it’s initial stage, the colour and shape are very similar to that of a flower and I imagine that’s how it got the vernacular name. In reality the actual […]

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Pearl onions ( chinna vengayam)

Pearl onions ( chinna vengayam)

Hindu Metroplus, A pearl among veggies There we were,just mother and daughter tucking into a plate of vegetarian kothu parota.A few spoonfuls later, it dawned on us that the dish before us contained less of the bits of sautéed parota and more of chopped onions which had been cooked until they softened. Now our family […]

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Watermelon rind

Watermelon rind

The Hindu Metroplus , By the skin of the fruit Have you tried making a tarbooz ke chilke ki sabzi ? In other words, a side dish made from watermelon rind.It’s popularly eaten in the arid regions of Rajasthan but it isn’t something that one is familiar with in the Southern States. For the past […]

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Pongal-The harvest festival

Pongal-The harvest festival

The Hindu Metroplus , Pongal feast   It’s interesting how Indian children of today are aware of the fact that Halloween is pumpkin pie time while thanksgiving and Christmas are all about roasts ,stuffing, mashed potatoes etc .How many of them actually pay heed to foods that are served up during a traditional pongal lunch […]

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Chettinad Diaries

Chettinad Diaries

The Hindu Metroplus , Chettinad Diaries   1.Weaver’s colony What was once a thriving colony of over 2000 weaver families has dwindled greatly and is now reduced to a mere handful who work at the hand operated looms.Chettinad cotton sarees are much loved for their vibrant colours and traditional patterns.The proprietors at both Senthil Kumar […]

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Sandhaghai dinners (idiappam variations)

Sandhaghai dinners (idiappam variations)

The Hindu Metroplus , All steamed up   One of our all time favourite dinners growing up was undoubtedly the sandhagai. I’m not sure if my mother was aware of this but this simple dinner never ceased to fascinate me no matter how many times it was served during the course of my childhood.The reason […]

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