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#1 Tue 24 Apr 07 2:20pm

Pete

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Kerala

i've just come back from holiday there.. what a nice place!

Curry for breakfast lunch and dinner.. what more could a bloke ask for?

I picked bananas, pineapples and mangoes, and green peppercorns, clove leaves, cocoa pods and cinnamon straight from the tree.

...and there was an elephant at our hotel for mrs pete to ride round on.. or was it the other way round?  yikes

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#2 Tue 24 Apr 07 3:53pm

celiak

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Re: Kerala

Glad you had a wonderful time in India Pete! big_smile
Do tell us more!

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#3 Tue 24 Apr 07 4:06pm

Arnaldo

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Member since Tue 02 Jan 07

Re: Kerala

Hi Pete,

"...picked bananas, pineapples and mangoes, and green peppercorns, clove leaves, cocoa pods and cinnamon straight from the tree..."

Hummm it tastes good... tongue

Don´t forget to tell us more about it...

Have fun!

Zêr

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#4 Tue 24 Apr 07 4:48pm

kittenclaws

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Re: Kerala

I shall tell her you said that Pete.

Welcome back.

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#5 Tue 24 Apr 07 5:01pm

LadyRed

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Re: Kerala

Hi Pete wave

Glad to hear you had sutch a brilliant holiday! If you do find the time, do tell us more about it  cool

Getting itchy feet just thinking about a holiday... guess that has to wait until the house is built...

BTW some time back I found this site about Kerala recipes. No idea if they are anywhere near traditional, at least the ones I tried tasted nice wink http://www.pachakam.com/regions.asp

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#6 Tue 24 Apr 07 5:18pm

Pete

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Re: Kerala

we stayed for a while at a small hotel in the countryside and the first night we were the only people there, so i cooked with the chef and learnt the keralan way with spices..

i now make the best vindaloo and prawn curry in west London!

http://www.malabarhouse.com/escapes/ser … aywith.php

that isn't mrs pete by the way... but whoever she is, she needs to shave her armpits  wink


I also ate here - http://chetana.com/r.htm

they do a mean Gujarati Thali

and here - http://mumbai.burrp.com/establishment/view/186613

where they do the best stuffed parathas in town.. with crushed spicy potatoes and fenugreek greens, or grated mooli and cinnamon, or fresh paneer, all served chopped into wedges with yoghurt and red hot lime pickle!

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#7 Tue 24 Apr 07 5:31pm

GeoffP

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Re: Kerala

Once spent 3 great weeks in Kerala.

Was helping set up an internet cafe in Trivandrum, and stayed with a local family the first week - and did abit of learning in the kitchen while I was at it.

Work went better than could have been expected - finished in the first week. Hired a car and driver for the last two weeks, and we travelled all over Southern India.

Kerala was particularly notable for its fresh seafood - and coconuts - I recall a memorable lobster cooked on the beach - the fisherman went out and caught a couple for us.

One thing I didn't see there was Vindaloo! - Thats a Goan/Portugese dish - and always made with pork.

Share a few recipes with us....

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#8 Tue 24 Apr 07 5:58pm

Pete

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Re: Kerala

as it happens Geoff, he did show me a vindaloo, with pork, very nice indeed, and not as hot as people think..

the secret was a masala of raisins, mustard seeds, cardomom seeds, cinnamon, coriander seeds and cloves, soaked in white vinegar, pureed and stirred into the sauce at the end

the sauce was actually more sour and fragrant than it was hot

we stopped in Goa on the way down for a party on the beach

http://www.bigchillindia.in/photos.html

we didn't find a vindaloo in Goa, but we did have a very very good tandoori whole barracuda!!

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#9 Tue 24 Apr 07 11:47pm

mercedes

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Member since Tue 22 Jun 04

Re: Kerala

Welcome back Pete-------how come YOU didn't ride the elephant?

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#10 Wed 25 Apr 07 12:13am

mummza

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From The land of song.
Member since Tue 04 Oct 05

Re: Kerala

oh I am so jealous...the nearest that I might get to a holiday this year is a few days in my daughters empty student flat in London and a trip to the Wenlock  lol .
Curry for breakfast...ooh I could do that! after  the Asian Drumming teacher told me what to do to improve making onion bajees,..I make a mean onion bagee and have been known to eat one or two for breakfast  oops

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