Learnings, moments and memories as a food traveler who has explored the length and breadth of South India to research and document food.
Old wine in a new bottle seems to be the trend in the food industry these days. I stumbled upon this place called ‘Chellammal Man Paanai Samayal’ (Chellammal’s mud pot cooking – the literal translation) in Trichy. Initially, I was skeptical to give it a shot as they’ve been around only for a few years… Continue reading Chellammal Man Paanai Samayal
Who doesnt love Murukku? Do you know how the famous Manapaarai Murukku came on the food map of South India? Many many years ago a small town called Manaparai was famous for its cows and milk (remember the song manaparai maadu katti?). At a time when trains halted in the station, an Iyer used to… Continue reading Manapaarai Murukku story
Trichy, home to the Malai Kottai, Sri Rangam is also home to the famous Michael’s Ice Cream. You can clearly see a Trichy native going nostalgic over this ice cream parlour. When I see their ice cream, I am reminded of the ‘softy/ soft serve machines’ in cinema theatres those days that churned out different… Continue reading Michael’s Ice cream
A strong cup of filter coffee at Ambuja Maami’s house kept me asking for more. As I crossed the Sri Rangam temple gopuram the aroma of freshly brewed coffee caught my attention. I walked into the shop (that has no name board by the way) and got to understand that it was the famous ‘Murali… Continue reading Murali Kaapi Kadai – Srirangam
I’ve stayed away from ordering vadai curry( steamed or fried lentil dumplings in a spicy tomato and onion gravy) in hotels since I thought they make it with left over vadais. A small eatery called Bevi Tiffen Centre serves Vadai Curry as their signature item. Most of the top brass politicians and celebrities get a take… Continue reading Vadai Curry recipe