• Chennai,  Flashback,  Homepage,  Restaurant Review,  Rostrum

    The treat for me during my school days

    During my school days (Thirty-Five years ago), a treat for me will the simple “Bun, Butter & Jam” that was sold in a nearby bakery. Those days when my mother was going out (a rarity) and won’t be able to give me lunch, she will give Rs.2, the price for the treat, and a permission letter to allow me out during lunchtime – my school didn’t have a canteen till I reached 11th Standard (Grade). I enjoyed watching the local baker picking a long blackened knife (not cleaned for years), slicing the bun in the stomach to leave a small bit at the end holding the two sides together, slapping…

  • Flashback,  Lifestyle

    DALDA, once the poor man’s ghee

    The other day, my mom showed me this old plastic container with the familiar yellow colour and the words “DALDA” made on Aug/1982, which she had preserved for decades as her emergency piggybank. For decades whenever we brought to the house any product made outside, she will take a bite and say this tastes like DALDA, it is not good for health, so eat little. Looking back, I think she used the term as a bogeyman to keep our eating in check – as kids we didn’t know to tell the difference between products cooked in Desi Ghee or DALDA and we believed her. In the early 20th century, when…

  • Lounge

    Tasty Appalams aka Papads

    ஜாக்கிரதை! இந்தப் படத்தை விரும்ப, உங்கள் கைபேசியின் திரையை மெதுவாக அழுத்தவும். பலமாக அழுத்தினால் சுவையான அப்பளங்கள் நொறுங்கிவிடும். சினிமாவில் வரும் முரட்டு ஹீரோக்கள்தான் அப்பளத்தை தூளாக்கி சாதத்தில் பிசைந்து, சாப்பிடுவார்கள். நாகரிகமான மனிதர்கள் அப்பளத்தை விண்டு விண்டு, வாயில் போட்டு, சுவைத்து, சாப்பிடுவது தான் முறை. உங்களின் அப்பளம் சாப்பிடும் முறை என்ன? மேலேயுள்ளப் படங்கள்: எங்கள் வீட்டில் இன்று பொரித்த “இலை வடாம்” என்று எங்கள் (ஐயங்கார்) வீடுகளில் அழைக்கப்படும் ஒரு வகை அப்பளங்கள். இதற்கு “தளிர் வடாம்” என்று ஒரு பெயரும் உண்டு. நன்றி: என் மனைவி. Explanation: Appalam in Tamil Language, is a tasty, crispy, thin waffle like eatable that is normally deep-fried and is an accompaniment to a meal in Indian subcontinent. When added with spices and toppings like onion it becomes a mini snack as well. The hot chilly variations…

  • Sweet and Sour Dish - Neem Flower and Mango
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    Sweet and Sour Neem Flower Dish

    With instructions and under the watchful eyes of my wife I managed to cook a few dishes this week. The first was a sweet, sour dish. Ingredients were Neem Flowers, Jaggery, Raw Mango, Red Pepper, and, a Tinch of Salt, Rice flour & fried mustard. [இனிப்பு, கசப்பு பச்சடி – மாங்காய், வேப்பப்பூ, வெல்லம் இதோடு கொஞ்சம் அரிசி மாவு, உப்பு, சிவப்பு மிளகாய் மற்றும் தாளித்த கடுகு]  Next day, I tried Cauliflower Pakoda and Cauliflower curry!

  • Restaurant Review

    Perambur Sri Srinivasa Sweets & Snacks, Tiruvallur

    Earlier in the day we had a nice darshan of Lord Balaji in Tirumala Tirupati and we were returning to Chennai.  Half-way to home, we were hungry and wanted to have a good vegetarian lunch, my co-brother recommended we go to PS4 Restaurant in Tiruvallur near the collector office. The place was crowded and we had to wait for over 25 minutes before we got a table. The wait was worth though, the food was yummy. If you don’t mind waiting, I will recommend the place. We had bought some snacks and sweets as well, they turned to be crispy and tasty. While our onward journey to Tirumala, we had…