Banana stalk oil applicator

Most houses in coastal south India having a garden also have one or more banana/plantain ( Musa balbisiana ) plants in addition to a few coconut trees. The plant has a long list of uses, apart from its edible fruit. You can check another documented use of its stem in this post. Here we outline […]

Drumstick leaf fried rice

The drumstick tree, as it is known in India or the Moringa Oleifera, is a well known tree. The stick like seed pod is commonly cooked and at home is mandatory for sambar, the leaves although being highly nutritious are seldom used in our house. Even though we had a tree by our window all […]

Meen kolai (Barbecued fish)

All the practical aspects for my blog posts take place out of my house, usually when I’m travelling to different places on official work, or on leave -especially my annual leave which I prefer to take all at once for Christmas. This is a blessing in disguise as I can focus all my energy on […]

The Nook Adde press

When we were kids, we went  home to Udupi from Bombay every year to spend the summer holidays with our uncles, aunts and cousins who all came to grandma’s house for vacations. For a change, we had lots of place to run around and when we played hide and seek, Ajjamma‘s (i.e grandma in Tulu) […]

Making Semai Adde

I mostly go home only once a year, usually for Christmas. This is also when I grill the poor old things at home for posts for my blog. I hate to do this as this kind of information is passed on during casual conversation or while doing something related together, rather than through interrogation. Many times it […]

Recipe: Soji/Upittu/Rawa/upma

Upma is a popular breakfast dish in India and can also be served at tea time. It was not very popular in our house though as we were part of the Maggi instant noodles generation which saw the rise of fast, tongue tickling, instant foods in India. However we reluctantly had to eat what was dished out […]

Poha/Avalakki/Bajil recipe

This is one of my all-time favorite snacks. I had written it down from mum many times but have always misplaced the scrap of paper I wrote it on. This time I decided to post the recipe as I can always refer to this post online while others can get access to the recipe as well. Poha is […]