About Me

Madrasi sounds so familiar! Have seen it in use, right from describing your domicile being south of Vindhyas to being abusive to refer to actions your ancestors should shy away from...
So to all my friends and to-be-friends: Madrasi is supposed to refer those from the city of old-name Madras & now called Chennai. And you will be politically wrong (and also geographically), to refer any other southie (as mod mumbaikars refer those south of Worli as well as to those from states of AP, Karnataka, Kerala & Tamil Nadu) as Madrasi. But more importantly, you will still be wrong if you think I am from Madras (oops! chennai).. well, am from Bangalore  and a migrant to to India's commercial capital ! While being a Learning and Development  specialist feeds my wallet (or so I hope), Bangalore's bylanes (esp Jayanagar and its erstwhile food joints) still evoke warmth and happy memories. Further, classical music, hearty food and great conversations fill my heart.
I am Kalyani. Married to a foodie who can sense the ingredients just smelling it, my kitchen is one place where all elements - panchabhuthams- come together (yes, incl the "H"). Incidentally Panchabhoothams mean "The Five Elements", while the Bhootham (another meaning - ghost)refers to the "H" (my better half-fondly nicknamed "S" throughout this blog) !!


So this blog is to record interesting (which can also mean basic) recipes for all of us to read and share. And just to educate all those on the culinary sensitivities and differences in not just plate (cutlery style oscillating from 'so-thought' melamine to stainless steel pathram , etc) but also in palate.So depending on what ingredients were locally grown to seasonal veggies, the recipes were developed. With distances shrinking and migratory patterns of humans increasing in area to cross-community / religion marriages, recipes have evolved.
To pun on southies, the owner of this blog has the kapi-right... And you guessed it! Coffee is pronounced Kapi in Tamil Nadu and filter coffee preparation & taste, strength and flavour is different from the TN version to kerala's to Kannadigas to andhraites...
Cinnamon and Cumin, Rosemary and Rasam, Chole and Chowmein -we truly belong to the global food wagon.


So now, wake up & smell the coffee. The beans will be spilled, right here...
 

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