Recipes

Recipes from Coorg

Snack Box Time

Snack Box Time

An old and very dear friend recently tracked me down via the highways and byways of the Internet. She lives halfway across the globe, and we haven’t met or spoken in decades, but the surprise and excitement of having found each other have kept me on a high for some time. I know that when…

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The Wild Side of Life

The Wild Side of Life

A short while ago, a young man who follows The Coorg Table wrote in to say that he had tried out and enjoyed most of the recipes posted so far. He also made a request for a recipe for kaad mange curry adding that his grandmother, who used to make this curry for their family, had passed away.…

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A Bean For All Seasons

A Bean For All Seasons

Every time I return from one of my trips to Coorg, some kind friend or other hands me a plastic bag full of dried beans, twisted and tied in a knot at the neck, or wrapped up in twists of newspaper. This may not sound like very much, but inside lies a treasure of beautiful,…

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A Bittersweet Beauty

A Bittersweet Beauty

In the rush of everyday cooking, it’s often easy to overlook the beauty and individuality of very ordinary ingredients. Take the familiar aubergine, for instance. It comes in so many shapes, sizes and colours – round, large, shiny purple, pale green, white striped and streaked. It grows easily in back gardens and you can see…

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Drinking Partners – Kaima Unde Barthad (Poached and fried meatballs)

Drinking Partners – Kaima Unde Barthad (Poached and fried meatballs)

A small ritual unfolds at sunset in many Coorg homes. There’s a clinking of glasses as they are arranged on trays, followed by the heavier thud of bottles of whiskey, brandy, rum – or homemade wine for the ladies – being brought out of locked cupboards, cabinets or bars and lined up for the evening.…

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Kadambuttus – Steamed Rice Dumplings

Kadambuttus – Steamed Rice Dumplings

There’s not much that can compare with these round, steamed rice puttus, faintly glossy on the outside, firm and moist in texture, piled up neatly and swathed in damp muslin in a traditional steamer. Kadambuttus are a personal favourite, equally good with the classic pandi curry, or with a simple curry of vegetables and dal;…

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The Perfect Puttu

The Perfect Puttu

The beauty of Coorg deepens towards the end of the year, when acre after acre of paddy grows tall, slender stalks, first translucent, then a vivid green, complementing the indigo hills. In late November or December, the crop is harvested and welcomed into homes in the greatest celebration of the year, putari. Rice is everywhere…

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Coorg Chicken Fry – Koli Barthad

Coorg Chicken Fry – Koli Barthad

Celebrity Chicken Fry Koli barthad – quite simply, fried chicken – is one of those unassuming, ordinary sort of dishes that can transform a meal into something special. Easy to rustle up at short notice, since it does not bother with any complicated ingredients or equipment, it was a favourite, when unexpected guests arrived at…

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Rainy Day Blues – Madde Kool

Rainy Day Blues – Madde Kool

Moody, melancholy landscapes, cold, rough weather, and unrelenting rain pounding on rooftops, the outline of the hills watered down under a wash of subdued blue – the beauty of the Coorg monsoon is not the obvious kind, but it is one that the Coorgs love and appreciate. As the rains build up, drowning the valleys…

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Coorg Mutton Chops

Old Spice – Pepper Fried Mutton Chops

It’s raining in Coorg right now. Clouds hang heavy over the hills, and a steady downpour that may last for days has blurred the landscape. Madikeri is all mist, damp and gusts of wind. Fresh, cold cascades of water come tumbling down the hillsides, splashing onto roads. It’s a raw season, and it directs my…

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