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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Sun dried cherry tomatoes

Sun dried cherry tomatoes

Hindu Metroplus , hello sunshine   Summer is the much awaited season with regard to the annual pickling and sun drying process. While in India we take advantage of the intense sunshine to help in making pickles out of seasonal ingredients,in colder parts of the world drying and preserving during the summer months ensured the […]

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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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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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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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Uday Balaji - The Whisky Advisor

Uday Balaji – The Whisky Advisor

Hindu Metroplus , Drinking with authority It’s funny how vocabulary enhancements happen from the unlikeliest of sources ! This week the new word that I picked up is ‘dram’. A dram is the fluid measurement used to measure whisky. It’s from the whiskey advisor website, conceptualised and maintained by Uday Balaji who also has an […]

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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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