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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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Silambam

Silambam

The Pollachi Papyrus , Silambam What are the names that spring to mind when one mentions martial art forms ?The likely answers to that question will either be Karate or Kungfu which became increasingly popular throughout Asia due to it’s organised structure and methods of tutelage. It’s ironical therefore to learn that these martial arts […]

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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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