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    81s5oyHnE3LSave the date for a cooking workshop by the talented Meiyammai Murugappan, in her backyard.blackricecooked

    MANGKOTTAI Kuzhambu. Or Dried Shell of Mango Seed Gravy. It is one of the many recipes in the impressive 2014 cookbook by Meyyammai Murugappan and Visalakshi Ramaswamy, better known these days as the ‘Spice Sisters’. Given that the trees in our city are getting heavy with the fragrant green fruit, it could be a fine addition to the cooking workshop by Murugappan, scheduled for next Saturday. Rakesh Raghunathan, the food show host and writer, who has curated the event, promises two appetisers, a main course and a dessert. A friend of the M81rwd+6eAnLurugappan family, he has convinced the media-shy former President of the National Association for the Blind, to open her house on Chithranjan in Teynampet to 25 eager participants. “It will be in her backyard, where a pond and numerous trees will offer a delightful setting to the vegetarian classes underway,” he shares, adding that they decided to keep this workshop vegetarian on popular demand. The cookbook, which took a decade, explores century-old culinary traditions followed in the dry Chettinad region. While Murugappan’s role as raconteur may be a well-kept secret, Raghunathan’s recent stint on TV, courtesy Sutralam Suvaikalam, his year-old food and travel show on News7Tamil, shows the blogger to be adept at finding  and presenting heirloom recipes and quaint eateries. Post summer, he will be organising another authentic food experience in a home in Sowcarpet. But for now, we’re waiting to see what the Chettinad chapter is all about. Saturday, April 9, from 10 am to 1 pm, at Rs 1,000 per guest. Register on www.puliyogaretravels.com

    — Rosella Stephen

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