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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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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Shakshuka

Shakshuka

Hindu Metroplus , As you like it When hunger pangs strike ,eggs are an ingredient that is quick to cook and tastes great with the addition of a few basic flavour additions. An egg and tomato meal for me is an all time winner because the acidity of a roasted tomato really cuts through the […]

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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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Cecy's Caboose

Cecy’s Caboose

Home cooked with an International flavour All photos viewed on this website are usually images clicked by me.However for this article alone,I had to make an exception and request these images from friends . Many thanks to them for these wonderful visuals.   When someone who is well travelled and is an excellent cook shares […]

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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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Ripe red chillies

Ripe red chillies

Hindu Metroplus, fiery when it rains The monsoons are the right time for the green chilly saplings to thrive and grow. In a few months they will be ready for picking.While the first crop of chillies are plucked when green,the subsequent crops do start to show a smattering of ripened red chillies .Towards the end […]

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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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