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
Author Archives: Brami Jegan
Cooking with Thushani
In 2010, on the back of the 2009 genocide in our homeland, a few of us Tamil kids thought we should start a cooking show which celebrated our Tamil identity and the broader refugee community in Australia.
We didn’t make it past this – at the time there were more pressing advocacy needs. But i can see a lot of value in the Tamil community producing a little web series in which Tamil kids learn to cook from their elders while sharing stories of the homeland and survival.
Check it out:
உப்புமா is a breakfast dish. It should be served hot and can be eaten with banana or a curry like பருப்பு (parrupu). Actually I am not too sure how it should be eaten. So I am going to publish this … Continue reading
Beans varai – from Quito
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
It’s been 3 years…
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 smell, the scent, the joy! Puli saatham!
“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
Rasam and More
“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
The rain and puli kanchi
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
Cooking with fire
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