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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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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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Jasmine syrup

Jasmine syrup

Hindu Metroplus, sweet,with a hint of jasmine   A profusion of images from nature flooded my Instagram feed during the summer holidays. My favourite being those of pretty flowers that dot the woods and the countryside abroad ,in spring. Among the lot the ones that caught my fancy were pictures of the dainty elder flower […]

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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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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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Litchis

Litchis

Hindu Metroplus, In love with the litchi One of the advantages of staying home during the holidays is being able to meet childhood friends who are visiting from out of town. Even better is when they come bearing seasonal food gifts. To open the door and be handed a brown bag (they know I don’t […]

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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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Camachile ( Cheeni puliyanga)

Camachile ( Cheeni puliyanga)

Simplicity Coimbatore, Cheeni puliyanga poriyal anyone ? If you are one of those people who have seen the cheeni puliyanga fruit growing on the tree then you would understand how irresistible it is for a child to tug on those curly bunches and yank away. It’s an activity that’s firmly implanted in my grey cells […]

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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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