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It is all about Keralan Cuisine: Plunge into a Heavenly Treat

>> Jul 23, 2014

With India being such a large country, its cuisine is certainly a diverse one.
The southern state of Kerala serves as a good example of the fact that Indian food isn’t all vegetables and pulses. The region’s backwaters consist of many interconnected canals, rivers and lakes that stretch down the Malabar Coast, meaning that fish and seafood feature highly in the cuisine of the region.

One local fish delicacy is karimeenpollichatu, consisting of marinated pearl spot fish wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed. Another favourite dish is meenmolee (or fish stew), which is fish slowly simmered in coconut milk and seasoned with just a subtle hint of masala.

As well as providing an abundant source of fish, the waters also nourish the paddy fields and coconut groves that run alongside them, meaning the people of Kerala are often blessed with plentiful harvests for a number of vegetables and food to accompany the delicious fish.
This also means that coconuts are an integral part of Keralan culture and economy, as the region accounts for approximately 45% of India’s entire coconut production. It is also a staple part of the population’s diet. Whether they are grated or the milk used to thicken and add flavour to sauces, it is both a versatile and delicious crop. Coconut oil is also an essential ingredient and is mixed with fermented rice batter to make appam, a thin pancake.

Tapioca is eaten across most of India, but grows particularly well in this part of the country, and is eaten either for breakfast or as part of an evening meal. Most commonly it is boiled, before being mixed with flavourings such as grated coconut, chilli or turmeric, then steamed and mashed into a pudding. It can also be dried and kept fresh for a longer period of time, once it has been parboiled and sliced into 0.5 cm pieces. This is called Unakka Kappa or Vaattu Kappa (meaning dried tapioca), and is eaten widely in Kerala. Tapioca Chips, similar to potato chips, are also a popular and commonly eaten snack.

Perhaps one of the state’s most widely known dishes is Keralan fried chicken. This consists of chicken pieces bathed in a marinade of buttermilk, cumin and coriander seeds, ginger and garlic, and fried until golden and crisp.Not as healthy as steamed fish, perhaps, but a wonderful taste experience.

The people of Kerala are less divided by class and wealth than in other parts of the country, which means that similar foods and dishes are eaten by people from all backgrounds, creating a fantastic unity across the state.

In the UK, it is possible to try Keralan inspired food in some of London’s top Indian restaurants. From affordable brasseries to fine dining restaurants, many incorporate a variety of regional dishes into their menus. If you’re looking for truly authentic Indian food, then the nation’s capital offers some of the best.


A Wedding Venue

The resort where we spent times during our last trip has a small but wonderful wedding venue. Dining room for guests located across the garden. The venue is beautified by the pond that surrounds it.

The dining room across the garden


Talking with Your Toddler about Your Pregnancy

>> Jul 22, 2014


Younger kids can’t keep a secret. If you don’t want your early trimester of pregnancy known to many people, wait until your womb enlarged. There is also a good idea to wait after your stomach is rather large due to the naked eye, your kid will be able to see the relationship between your belly fat with a baby in it.

Don’t be afraid to talk with toddler about the pregnancy. Let your child guide you as you prepare the answer. Face the child's questions with ease. Go with your instincts. Some of these things you can do:

1.Asking back
When your toddler asks what is pregnant, asking back to him, according to what he knows about pregnancy. Maybe your child will say: mother ate nuts, and pregnant.
2.Let the child ask anything, because you will know how big his curiosity is. For children, pregnancy is a mystery. Explain briefly, not complicated.
3.Keep expressing your love.
Frequently asking questions about babies can make your child feel threatened because he feels there will be another baby besides him. Say that you love him the same as you love the baby to be born. Explain, too, that the baby will love him as well.
4.Giving straight answer about the condition of your body. Use the appropriate term for the part of your body. Describe also when your body feels bad because queasy. Don’t use a difficult term, such as "mom’s nausea due to hormonal changes. Hormone levels in the blood to rise so ... bla bla bla."
5.Share your pregnancy progresses. Tell your kid about the size progress of unborn baby at certain weeks. How the shape of fetus body inside, your child also want to know.


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