The kelor or drumstick tree is a popular garden tree in both India as well as Sri Lanka and the Tamil areas. Known as Moringa oleifara, it is becoming increasingly popular for it’s medicinal value. The leaves of the Moringa … Continue reading
In 2010 a few of us Tamil kids thought we should start a cooking show which celebrated our Tamilness as the broader refugee community in Australia. Our plan was to have guests on the show who were refugees from different backgrounds. As they taught us how to cook they would also share a little bit of their story with us and we would share ours [now that i think about it – i am not sure what stories of us we had to share – privilege?]. We would also have auntys and uncles from our community on to teach us to cook.
We cajoled our dear friend Thushani to help us make the test vid. We knew she would be a hit! The plan was for her to be the constant character/host throughout the series.
But then the urgent need for refugee activism in Australia (how disgraceful is this country’s treatment of those fleeing persecution and horror) and working on an international war crimes campaign took over my life and i didn’t pursue this.
There is definitely a little TV series in here. If anyone wants to work on it – holla.
Check it out:
Uppumma (உப்புமா) is a breakfast dish. It should be served hot and can be eaten with banana or a curry like dhal. Actually I am not too sure how it should be eaten. So I am going to publish this post … Continue reading
Note: I started this post a few months ago, when we had just arrived in Quito with a commitment to post one new recipe a week. As you can tell, this hasn’t happened and I head back to Australia tomorrow. … Continue reading
Thank you to Tamil Culture for publishing this little piece about My Tamil Kitchen. A big thank you also to our dear Nesa aunty and for allowing me to weave ‘Recipes of the Jaffna Tamils‘ all through this project. Three years … Continue reading
“The train sped on, taking me from the ones I loved to an unknown world of the city. I could hear, with every roll of the steel wheels against the hard unforgiving iron rails, the sounds of home getting farther. … Continue reading
After 3 years of My Tamil Kitchen – I have come to realise there are a few basic tips to preparing Tamil food. SALT: Everyone has a different relationship to salt and culture seems to play a leading role. Salt … Continue reading
“You couldn’t buy thayir (yoghurt) back then. So we would ask neighbours who made thayir if we could have some culture and mummy would make thayir for us. We would do this on special occasions, like when we were breaking fast during … Continue reading
As the rains began to beat their tempo upon our roof, we gathered in appa’s rest room – always smelling of warm cheroot and coffee. Appa would like on his easy-chair reading his Ananda Vikadan, while my brother Rajadurai, would … Continue reading
In mid-2015 a diaspora Tamil thambi (younger brother) connected with me on facebook saying he had read a piece I had written a few years earlier about the war in Sri Lanka. After chatting for a bit on facebook, I … Continue reading