POTD: Farm to home 🍍

Pineapples from Kerala🍍; grown in our relative’s land and hence has the premium tag of being 100% organic. And they are enormous too; speaks about the fertility of the land and the well tending hands !! Living in Bangalore, it’s food items that we prize during our visits home in Kerala. Though we can get…

People of the Pepper Kingdom 👑

Accompanying me on this trip to Kerala is the book “Eating India” by Chitrita Banerji. Borrowing a line from the book on Kerala… “A state tourism brochure proclaims: ‘With the Arabian Sea to the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 meters to the east and networked by forty-four rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that…

An evening by the Arabian Sea 🌅

“Kochi, one night? No problems, will get you a shack by the sea.” hubs trying to be funny. “You will love the views” he said. Hubs was not kidding. The sea view was pretty spectacular !! And I must say, the shack is pretty grand. There was this after the rains kind of stillness everywhere,…

Punalur – A (road) trip down the memory lane (guest post)🚂

So far our road trip from Bangalore to Kerala was uneventful; we sped along the empty highways crossing Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and finally arrived at the borders of Kerala. After 8 hours of non-stop driving and a ½-hr pitstop, it was the Tamil Nadu-Kerala interstate check post at Aryankavu which was proving to be a…

Love is Brown 🍂

No, it’s not chocolates, but equally sweet 😋 There are a few things quintessential Kerala, starting with Usha Uthup’s song Ente Keralam 🎶🎵🎶 followed by food specialities like banana chips, jackfruit halwa, tapioca & fish curry, parotta & beef, puttu and so on. There is much more you can keep appending to the list, like…

Prawn delights 🍤

You know the curry is good when the kid says “Why don’t you make this more often?” 😁 Roasted coconut is often added to curries to make the gravies rich, thick and so much more tastier. But the fact that you need to grate coconut, roast and then grind it into paste translates to more…

Postcards from Wayanad 🛤 (guest post)

Bidding adieu to the teak forests in Nilambur, we travelled further north of Kerala to reach the district of Wayanad. This sleepy district was suddenly thrust into the limelight when Rahul Gandhi decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections from here. Barring the sudden political spotlight, Wayanad has always been a popular weekend getaway for…

Green escapades in north Kerala🌴 (guest post)

Nilambur is a green, picturesque town in the northern district of Malappuram, Kerala renowned for it’s magnificent teak plantations and forests. A perfect green escape from the concrete jungles and asphalt plains of the city. The place is chequered in spectacular hues of green and there is no escaping the majestic trees !! Teak wood…

POTD: Vallam 🛶

There is a road, a highway actually in front my parents home in Kottayam, Kerala; along the banks of the Meenachil river. The river water has spilled onto the roads again this monsoon. While the buses and cars have stopped plying, it’s time to bring out the vallam, the small black beaked boat popularly sighted…

Another August Monsoon in Kerala 🌴

Sitting in Bangalore, I can romanticise the monsoons in Kerala. But the people in Kerala esp. in this month of August will fail to see my excitement. It’s a hat trick for the state in terms of the floods in August; this year is third time in the running🌧. From the past two years’ experience,…

Breakfast bites 💕

Good morning 🌤 Friday evening we had a visit once again from the Carnival Cakes & Breads people; they had a couple of new items on their menu this time – Focaccia bread, veg puffs, egg puffs and vada pav😘. The egg puffs were in demand and were over in the first thirty minutes of…

Monsoon memories 🌧

The books arrived one by one on different days; I tear open the plastic envelopes in happy anticipation. Finally I have the five books to read through the monsoon months of June, July & August. Am living in Bangalore, but half of me is synchronised to the events calendar in Kerala🗓. By 2 June, monsoon arrived…

Kanji and red coconut chutney🌶🥥

Kanji is the tradition for lunch on Good Friday in Kerala. And it is served in the church at the end of the Good Friday service. The service starts in the morning at about 8:00 am and lasts till 2:00 pm; by the end of it people are famished. This simple rice gruel is one…

Raw mango: A tangy twist to curries

A few slices of raw mango can bring a tangy surprise to coconut based gravies in both veg and fish curries. The sourness increases the next day, if you happen to have leftovers; which is a good thing. And people sometimes let the dish sit for a night in the fridge so as to enhance…

Wedding weekend in Kerala💐

Republic Day weekend; the kid’s school sent a message asking us to watch the Republic Day parade on the TV to see “the newly inducted stealth attack helicopter Apache and the transport helicopter Chinook” taking part in the fly past for the first time. But we were miles away in Kerala attending a family wedding….

Season’s Special🎄❄️

Last day of 2019; December passed by so quickly thanks to exams, travel and family functions. In the first two weeks the kid had is pre-board exams. With that out of the way, an excursion for his class to Auroville followed. They were staying in Auroville for 3 days to see and learn about sustainability, organic…

Easy Indian meal (Set #6)🍳🍖

Last week in Kochi, I was at my brother’s home for breakfast and my sister-in-law made the most crispy dosas ever 😋 !! Back home in Bangalore, I was commending on the dosas and the kid said that he wants to have crispy dosas too. For me the humble dosa became an overnight celebrity when I saw Gary…

ABC 🚗💨

Driving…are you crazy!? Who wants to drive in the rain, jostling for space on the crowded roads with pot holes filled with water !? 🤨 Me !!🙋‍♀️ Most of the old bridges in Kochi are two lane, but to get on the single lane, there will be cars, two-wheelers, autos etc converging at the foot…

On the road in the Monsoon 🌧🚕

“Monsoon is a perspective…it is a bane for those whose houses have been flooded and a boon for those who find time to enjoy it with a steaming cup of tea on the verandah.” the RJ on the radio was chirpy and we were waiting for the Malayalam songs to follow. 7:30 am, cloudy morning…