In India, we call “Mango” as the king of fruits. But, for me, Custard Apple (aka Sugar-Apple or सीताफल or சீதாப்பழம்) will be the King of fruits and my favourite. I didn’t feel like this always. 20 years ago, when travelling in Australian outback near Cairns, I was offered a natural (forest-grown) custard apple by our friendly naturalist (and tour guide), it tasted heavenly – A taste, I can recall vividly even today. Ever since all other fruits come second to custard apple. Yesterday, my sister gave me this ‘large’ custard apple and I loved it!

In 1932, a Belgian baker named Jan Boone Sr., creates a caramelised biscuit with nothing but natural ingredients. He names it Lotus, after the flower that symbolises purity. I am tasting for the first time, what is called as the best biscuit in the world – Lotus Speculoos / Biscoff biscuits from the UK. Indeed, true to its fame, it is tasty and you certainly can’t resist with a few! I just noticed it is now available in India from Amazon India for Rs.180 and Big Basket for Rs.149. #biscuits #cookies #belgian #tasty

Earlier I had written about a speciality vegetarian restaurant in T.Nagar, Chennai called Paati Veedu. Today, again I went there – this time with two friends for a tasty and healthy lunch, which they call Arogya Thali [Health Meal] and it cost about Rs. 499 + taxes. This was a limited portions meal, meaning you won’t get any extra helpings – if you wish for unlimited portions will cost Rs.100 more. I enjoyed the meal, which consisted of sambar rice, Pongal and curd rice – all made out of various millets. The main meal Onion uthappam Curd rice, Coconut Puttu…

When it comes to traditional food, there are a few restaurants in Chennai who still manage to retain their authenticity. Over the decades the list has become small, as many have closed their doors unable to stand their ground against the fast food culture, franchise onslaught from bigger chains and ever-increasing input cost. Among the ones who are still in business are Rayar’s Cafe, Mylapore; Hotel New Woodlands, Dr Radhakrishnan Salai; Hotel Palmgrove and a few others. Today, a friend of mine wanted to meet up for lunch and I suggested we go to Menaka Restaurant in Hotel Palmgrove. I…

மூன்று மாதங்களுக்கு முன் (மார்ச்) சென்னை மேற்கு மாம்பலத்துக் கடைவீதியில் பச்சை மோர் மிளகாய் விற்பனையைப் பார்த்தேன், பார்த்தவுடன் நாக்கு ஊரியது! இன்று ஒரு திருமண விருந்தில், காயவைத்து, வறுத்த மோர் மிளகாய்ப் போட்டார்கள் – தயிர் சாதம், மோர் மிளகாய் போல வேறு ஒரு உணவு கூட்டணி இருக்கவே முடியாது, தேவாமிருதம்!