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The chocolate map – The Hindu

The chocolate map - The Hindu

Bean-to-bar chocolate makers strive to retain the inherent flavours of cacao in their final product, through minimal processing. This is what sets them apart, justifies their charging a premium price, and in turn helps them support cacao farmers by paying a higher price per kilogram. This skill — of retaining ...

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Metroplus takes you on a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. food trail around the famous Meenakshi Temple

Metroplus takes you on a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. food trail around the famous Meenakshi Temple

At 7 a.m. each day, the streets around the Meenakshi Temple bustle with activity. Amidst the cacophony of sounds and colourful sights surrounding the touristy hub of Madurai, it is the unmistakable whiff of ghee dosas and fried vadas that pulls you in. Whether you are a local or a ...

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Right off the grinder – The Hindu

Right off the grinder - The Hindu

Have bitcoin? Buy atta. In these yeasty days of e-commerce, rotis are the next frontier. At TWF (The Wheat Flour), which revels in its ‘ground-to-order technology’, Internet-connected, specially-designed, dynamic stone mills grind your wheat only after you have placed an order online. Not surprisingly, Pranjal Y Kumar and Arjun Rungta, ...

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In search of peas and manga

In search of peas and manga

With all the juicy ripe mango varieties that make their way to our home, this year there were generous amounts of killimukku manga too from my sister-in-law’s farm. No matter how old one is, this variety brings out the child in any mango-obsessed person. I love to buy killimukku off ...

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Much ado about ice-cream – The Hindu

Much ado about ice-cream - The Hindu

When I reach for my ice-cream, it wiggles away like a worm. It sits on the end of a tall ladle held by our server, 25-year old Akash Kashyap, who teasingly flips the cone over and over with a nimble hand. The ice-cream, however, taunts gravity. All we wanted was ...

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In Chennai’s Bagel Pot, forgotten traditional food gains centrestage

In Chennai’s Bagel Pot, forgotten traditional food gains centrestage

“I have been cooking since childhood, and grew up watching my grandmother cook with great passion,” says Rennee Saradha, the 24-year-old founder The Bagel Pot. The Bagel Pot is a unit of Attrai Vidhai (meaning a seed from the past), an organisation that aims to bridge the gap between the ...

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Making sense of the Scandi Sense diet

Making sense of the Scandi Sense diet

The Scandi Sense diet gets its name from Scandinavia, home of Thor, and from common sense. Scandinavians have a lot of common sense, because they get very little sunlight, and sudden, impulsive actions in the dark can cause injury. Historically, Scandinavians have enjoyed a balanced diet of fish and potatoes. ...

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A whiff of Goa in Green Park

A whiff of Goa in Green Park

There is nothing quite like nostalgia, as I often say. I felt the magic of old memories one evening a couple of weeks ago when I went to meet two old friends, in a restaurant that I had first visited long years ago. I ate food that I always associate ...

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Heritage in every GRAIN – The Hindu

Heritage in every GRAIN - The Hindu

Nel Jayaraman, Tamil Nadu State Coordinator of the Save Our Rice Campaign, stood tall, unmindful of the heat, greeting people and keeping an eye on the preparations. The 12th annual Nel Thiruvizha brought together thousands of paddy farmers from around Tamil Nadu and a few from neighbouring states as well. ...

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Why beans are India’s most underrated comfort food

Why beans are India’s most underrated comfort food

Beans — rich, versatile, magical — have inspired countless stories, proverbs, idioms, slang and analogies. They can be had as soup, as an accompanying dish, with bread, rotis, puris, rice, noodles, tacos… or simply as a bowl of comfort food (aka the Buddha bowl). The diversity begins long before these ...

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