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  • A Bubbling Pot

    Recently, I was going through a collection of Coorg nursery rhymes for very small children recorded way back in 1871...

  • Shortages and Plenty

    A couple of weeks ago, I carefully carried out a jar that had been standing on the...

  • A Small Feast

    Waves of taste and scent rise and fall in a single helping of pulikool. It might seem that the entire...

  • Kaima Undé By Another Name

    On a recent trip home to Coorg, once quiet country roads were jammed with...

  • Short Love Stories

    There’s a particular warm, nutty fragrance that I associate with the time of year when the days are ...

  • Field Notes And A Tender Curry Of Ash Gourd

    Huge, impassive, its inscrutable, waxy green...

  • A Mutton Pulao to Cherish

    On mornings when a wilderness of tangled, lush greenery grew on my...

  • Mutton Stew And Shared Histories

    The stew that we were served at my boarding school was simply repulsive...

  • Forest Tales

    There’s a pile of thick, silky leaves between my hands. They are a deep, shiny, dangerous green...

  • Farmyard to Table

    Some time ago, I was at a highly sophisticated biryani tasting session. About halfway through...

  • Ordinary Days

    A large glass pitcher with freshly squeezed juice from local oranges or full of clear squashes...

  • While Waiting For The Rains…

    …we ate a curry of tender, translucent green mangoes. The summer heat raged...

  • The Sweet Taste of Summer

    The sweetest tastes of summer come to us under hot, open skies and enclosed corridors...

  • Familiar Strangers

    Some afternoons there was an enormous platter of sweet yellow estate grown pineapples...

  • Bright Citrus and Three Spices

    There never seemed to be any great fuss attached to the making of lime pickle...

  • In Search of a Gathering

    Not so long ago, at a Coorg wedding, you could be fairly sure of whom you would...

  • Travels with Guavas

    Just how two friendly guava trees came to be in my grandparents’ backyard in Coorg...

  • Harvests to Share

    This year, I’ve been collecting images of putharis long past from some of my friends...

  • Fish Fry Nights

    Some evenings, everything comes tumbling together in a way that is so perfect you ...

  • A Little More Than Just A Table

    A friend recently asked me why ‘The Coorg Table’? Why had I chosen the name for my blog...

  • Sometimes You Get The Blues

    If Coorg were a season, she would be the monsoon. The land sparkles and welcomes...

  • Mango Pickle and Fine Rice

    Locked away in my head are not quite faded images of roaming a mango orchard...

  • A Table of Missed Opportunities

    The hungry traveller is a familiar sight in Coorg since the little district opened...

  • A House Filled With Stories

    My grandparents lived on a coffee estate that was situated in the middle of nowhere...

  • Tea and Company at the Coorg Table

    It isn’t very often that I get to meet people who follow The Coorg Table...

  • Summer Living

    March welcomed me back home from my travels with a cool, breezy –and I imagined -slightly distant...

  • It's A Small World

    There's a little store that I visit to pick up all sorts of delicious Coorg treats –homemade wines, maybe a bottle of...

  • A Recipe Lost - And Found

    Some food knowledge travels serenely, passing from generation to generation...

  • Breakfast for Two

    Last year ended and the new one began with indulgences –and there were far too many of them ...

  • Ancient Evenings and a Promise of Plenty

    Year after year, the beauty of puthari just takes my breath...

  • Finger Food and Small Feasts

    We love our feasts in Coorg. At weddings, festivals and family gatherings, not to mention...

  • The Scent of Coffee in the Air

    Travelling on a bus on the Algarve coast between Albufeira and Faro in...

  • Welcome Back Home

    The last few weeks have been packed. Transatlantic flights, eating at legendary...

  • Life's Little Luxuries

    If I began this post by writing: "take 4-5 dozen ripe bananas and mash them"...

  • One Good Dish

    This afternoon I cooked one of those effortless, classic Coorg combinations: paputtu...

  • Burnt Oranges and Other Stories

    A delicious marmalade aroma spreads through my kitchen, mixed with notes of charred...

  • Snack Box Time

    An old and very dear friend recently tracked me down via the highways and byways ...

  • The Right Age for Pickles

    There's been a change in my kitchen lately. Every now and then, I find myself...

  • A Bean For All Seasons

    A short while ago, a young man who follows The Coorg Table wrote in to say that...

  • A Bean For All Seasons

    Every time I return from one of my trips to Coorg, some kind friend or other hands...

  • A Bittersweet Beauty

    In the rush of everyday cooking, it's often easy to overlook the beauty and...

  • Drinking Partners

    A small ritual unfolds at sunset in many Coorg homes. There's a clinking of glasses...

  • Kadambuttus

    Kadambuttus are an old-fashioned favourite - plump, steamed rice puttus...

  • The Perfect Puttu

    The beauty of Coorg deepens towards the end of the year, when acre after acre...

  • Celebrity Chicken Fry

    Koli barthad – quite simply, fried chicken – is one of those unassuming, ordinary sort...

  • Rainy Day Blues

    Moody, melancholy landscapes, cold, rough weather, and unrelenting...

  • Old Spice

    It's raining in Coorg right now. Clouds hang heavy over the hills, and a steady...

  • The Golden Grain

    Rice is the ultimate comfort food: reliable, unpretentious and always present....

  • Mangoes and Memories

    Luscious, sweet, fragrant and seductive - I play out the mango season every year...

  • Banana Fritters for Grown-ups and Children

    A small, round version of a banana fritter...

  • A quiet lunch, with greens

    Every now and then, the regular spread on the lunch table begins to look like....

  • The Reluctant Vegetarians

    For the better part of my teens, I was vegetarian by choice. Not dramatic...

  • Pumpkin, Pumpkin

    One of the best-kept secrets of the Coorg table is the sheer range of fresh and vivid...

  • A Hunting Legacy

    Since Coorgs hunted regularly, venison, wild boar, barking deer and several other kinds...

  • Flavours of a Coorg Monsoon

    Tender bamboo is a seasonal delicacy that can be salted or frozen for use through...

  • Bread of Life

    Akki ottis can be adapted to breakfast, lunch or dinner. They are versatile....

  • Fishing For Compliments

    At the Coorg table, you can get engrossed in a dark, tangy fish curry, with spice tones...

  • Local Attractions

    Crabs from the clear streams, and the mud embankments of paddy fields were always...

  • The Chicken Chase

    Every Coorg household had, until recently- and many still have - a scattering of...

  • Finders Keepers

    I once wrote elsewhere, that I would gladly give up much of my culinary heritage for...

  • Pork Tales

    The English food writer, Jane Grigson, remarked: " It could be said that European...

  • The Coorg Table™

    The Coorg Table is a palimpsest of grandmothers, mothers, aunts, in-laws...

  • Coorg Modern

    Living and working in London in the late '80's and '90's, between my husband's...

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    I began collecting cookbooks and recipes in my teens, driven by a passion for ...

  • A Taste of Coorg On The Five Star Table

    Since last December, we have been involved in tasting...

  • Sister Act

    Take a pair of siblings – one a freelance promotional filmmaker, the other an...

  • A Year of Green Living

    In Coorg, the violet hills hide their secrets well. Although meat is an essential part of ...

  • Queen of All She Surveys

    Ranee Vijaya Kuttaiah's table, where I have dined many times...

  • Flavours of Coorg

    Many times in my life I have thought of Coorg as a great, open-air gourmet paradise...