Kerala is the ‘land of spices’. It has been on the tourist route for centuries as well as being a trading hub. Its climate and soil are perfect for growing pepper, cardamom, curry leaves, chilies, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and turmeric. Coconut is king and features in some form or other, be it the pulp, the […]
Read More Dislocated Recipes for Success: Pollichathu
Saint Thomas (he of the Doubts) is believed to have travelled to preach the gospel to Kerala in 50 AD (& later Tamil Nadu). Those converted and their descendants are known as Saint Thomas Christians, Mar Thomas Nazranis. (Syro-Malabar Catholic Church or Church of Syrian Catholics). Masses are held in Malayalam. Saint Thomas is often […]
Read More Dislocated Recipes for Success: Delicious Syrian Catholic Fish Curry
A bit different from dropping a line over the jetty down the Bay. Legend suggests it was that famous travelling Irishman Marc O’Polo who bought these sci-fi insect like and strangely elegant devices back from China. The chant of the Keralan fishermen was compelling and beautiful and sounds like the song of working gangs all […]
Read More Gone Fishin’
Kochi – seaside town filled with delicious Keralan fish dishes, happy holidaymakers, architectural delights. Here are a few.
Read More Délices d’Architecture: Kochi
Kochi is so very beautiful, so full of amazing tableaux that it could not be contained in one blog. Thus…White ginger sifters, black Santa, Dhobi Wallahs, Ayurvedic massage recipients bearing uncanny resemblances to road accident victims, a Hebrew village, Bolsheviks, Catholics, Dutch Skulls and crossbones.
Read More Kochi #2
Street Art Kochi Kochi is a dreamscape of 18th century Dutch and Portuguese architecture floating on lush green islands in a tropical sea. It is the land of Kathkali, of pepper, all things ginger, fragrant spices and coconuts, ancient churches congregated by believers whose ancestors were evidently converted by St (Doubting) Thomas himself, and the […]
Read More Cochin
Kathkali is an ancient and venerable dance tradition that sprang from the rich culture of the people of the Malabar Coast. The Dancers are the direct hereditary descendants of dancers going back over many centuries. They are trained from early childhood in the language and symbols of the dance and in a muscle control so […]
Read More Kathakali Kapers