The Bangala Story
The Storied Recipe Podcast
I am delighted to share a link to The Storied Recipe Podcast, a collection of food stories from guests across the globe, hosted by the..
The Coorg Table and Masala Memsahib
In September 2019, I was invited to curate a Coorg Food Festival being held at the iconic Leela Palace Hotel, Bengaluru, which enjoys a reputation..
The Pleasures of Slow Cooking
The instructions for cooking this pickle come from women who never knew recipes as we know them: detailed, involving descriptions, weights, measures and cooking times…
Gathered around the table
Hello there! In case you are wondering what has been happening at The Coorg Table, here is a quick update. The years of the pandemic..
Art & Heritage
The town of “ …Bingrul… with its massive fort gates and strong fort walls (is) an impressive place. Deep ditches, full of water from the..
Boxes of Riches
Blowing across the waters of the Indian Ocean to the warm shores of Africa and Arabia, the North East monsoon carried on its winds Arab..
The Expediency of Colour
Excerpts from a monograph on Rekha Rao Hebbar Rekha engages with the contemporary world, but her painterly concerns are equally the problems of the newly..
Kaveri Ponnapa is an author and widely published independent writer on food, wine and heritage, based in Bengaluru She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. In 2013, Kaveri completed work on The Vanishing Kodavas, an extensive cultural study of the Kodava people, published by Eminence Designs. The book details the story of the Kodava people in their own voices supported by a parallel, rich, visual narrative. The book is an invaluable documentation of a very small community under great pressure to maintain their identity in a rapidly changing world. Read More…
A Place Apart – Poems from Kodagu
The Vanishing Kodavas
The Coorg Table
Part of a Tradition
As a food writer —specifically one who has been writing about, researching and cooking the cuisine of Kodagu for decades —I get asked a lot..
It was a conversation with a friend’s octogenarian mother — a conversation that wandered back and forth, expanded and contracted over a couple of visits..
Long Road Home
Writing about food has led to many unusual, enriching conversations, valuable friendships that I would never have made in the normal course of my life,..
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Chinnaswamy’s “Sunday Special” Prawn Curry
Plantation cooks belonged to a special tribe, now almost extinct. Eccentric, temperamental, usually drunk on arrack on market days, they had a distressing tendency to..
Spirit of Place
When the first few stalks of paddy —still edged with green and pulsing with new life —have been ritually harvested, tied around a stone pillar..
One Good Dish
This afternoon I cooked one of those effortless, classic Coorg combinations: paputtu and erachi curry. The huge bowl of curry dwindled rapidly, as we scooped..
Flavours of a Coorg Monsoon
From the early weeks of June, to the end of August, great, sullen formations of clouds rise from the West coast, climb the ghats, and..
I once wrote elsewhere, that I would gladly give up much of my culinary heritage for those small wonders – wild mushrooms – that grow..