A shirtless, elderly South Indian man wearing a light coloured dhoti squats on the ground with his knees near his shoulders as he waves open-palmed to the camera. Unshelled roasted cashews and a grinding stone sit at his feet.

The Cashew Man

The day was a body bulging with the pregnancy of humidity. Breathlessly still, the air grew palpably heavy waiting to deliver its burden. Our pace slowed as if in sync as we wound along the narrow roads in southern Tamil Nadu. The dreamy pace could have lent itself to complete inertia had a hammock been …

Master Chef Karrupiah of The Bangala Hotel and cooking school in Karaikudi at work on a mutton recipe.

Karrupiah

Karrupiah is the master chef at The Bangala in the town of Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu’s Chettinad region. From the time I first met him in 2014, until my return with Pauli-Ann two years later, I dreamed of cooking with him. Karrupiah is the expression of what is good in all cooks. He lives to cook …

Nimmy Paul, Nimmy & Paul Cooking School, Kochi, Cochin, Kerala, South India, India, Faces Places and Plates blog

Nimmy Paul

Nimmy Paul – South India’s Julia Child If you are going to cook, do it beautifully. These are the words of Nimmy Paul. She’s run an eponymous cooking school in Fort Kochi, Kerala for over 20 years. We are standing in her brand new facility getting ready for a long afternoon of photography, cooking and EATING …

South India map, Kerala, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, South India, India, Faces Places and Plates blog

Welcome

Welcome to Faces, Places and Plates. We begin our journey in South India No matter what places you visit in the world, sharing plates of food offers the chance to connect with the faces you meet. Cooking with locals creates insights into their daily life and culture. Lasting connections are forged even when language is …