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Semia Payasam – Once Upon a Time… A Birthday!


In these days of mass-manufactured birthday parties conducted by professionals, my mind often drifts back to the time when I was a child. On my piranaalu (birthday), my parents made me feel like a princess……. We would go to the temple early in the morning ; and after that, pay our respects to the elders … Continue reading

Kerala Kadala Curry – A Break In The Climb


Starting early morning from Kannur – to get home to Bangalore before nightfall – after attending the naming ceremony of my niece, we left Kerala behind and climbed up the Western Ghats. The rays of the morning sun slowly cleared the thick mist that hung in the air. Turns are hidden and motoring is a … Continue reading

Kerala Mutton Fry – Attirachi Fry – Erachi Ularthiyathu – Sunny Days


At times when I relax  in the afternoon….. warm  memories cascade down……. away to those carefree sunny days.. For the first decade of my married life, my brother,  much younger to me,  was an integral part of our household. Off and on, through those years, he would be with us, sometimes for a course, during the … Continue reading

Tomato Chutney / Tomato Chutney Recipe – Thakkali Chutney – Movie Magic


The idea of giving sub-titles to films  is an inspired, ingenious one.While the essence of the film remains intact, it provides clarity – both of speech as well as of understanding. For movie buffs like us, we are exposed to different cultures, different times, different lifestyles and reveals how man is the same everywhere.  ‘Paleri … Continue reading

Chilled Yoghurt Salad – Aim For The Star


Recently I came across a book, ‘OPEN’ by Andre Agassi, gifted by my son-in-law to my husband. The apt title beckoned me. I casually flicked through its pages and read a few lines. I was hooked. The excellent, engaging narration kept me engrossed from beginning to end.  Behind the glamour and glitz of the superstars’ … Continue reading

Mutton Stew – Among The Lush Green Paddy Fields


Nestled in among the  green carpets of paddy fields, in a village near Palakkad, was the home of my husband’s grandmother. It was the sort of house you would  identify  with ” The House of The Seven Gables”. The rooms were large and our room sort of swallowed me. The evening meal at 8 was … Continue reading

Olan- Ashgourd and Cowpeas in coconut milk-The Music Box


“When I was young I’d listen to the radio Waitin’ for my favorite songs When they played I’d sing along It made me smile.” – The Carpenters How truly these words of Karen Carpenter describe my passion for music?? Before cable, internet & TV remade and  revolutionised the entertainment scene, when all was quiet, calm and peaceful on the home … Continue reading