Celebrating Vishu with ‘Vishukkanji’ and ‘Vishukkatta’

April 12, 2021 0 Comments

Ahead of Vishu 2021, we examine the popularity of ‘Vishukkanji’ and ‘Vishukkatta’ and how they are prepared at different households in the northern Kerala Golden yellow blooms of kanikkonna or Indian laburnum herald the arrival of the festival of Vishu in April. Vishukkani, the tradition of opening your eyes to witness the bounty of Nature, …

Ramasseri idli has put a small village in Palakkad on the food map of India

March 31, 2021 0 Comments

The popular Ramasseri idli, a fusion of an idli and a dosa, has a distinctive texture Driving past paddy fields touched with gold, and swaying palms, we reach Ramasseri, a dusty, nondescript village about eight kilometres from Palakkad, in time for breakfast. It is 8.30 am, and the village is still waking up from the …

Why Malayali households went back to ration shops during the pandemic

January 21, 2021 0 Comments

The pandemic is when many of Kerala’s urban millennials, Gen Z and even celebrities rediscovered the good old Public Distribution System, with its free, quality grocery kits Gayathri TS is at her wits’ end, thanks to her mother Vimala S’ constant reminders about collecting their monthly free kit comprising rice, wheat, pulses, oil, masala powders …