Puli-inchi – Tamarind Ginger Chutney

Puli-inchi – Tamarind Ginger Chutney is a flavourful chutney served for all auspicious occasions in Kerala. It’s also ALWAYS served as part of any multi-course Banana Leaf Thali meal. Our dear friend Ranjini Menon, the co-owner of The Turmerica Homestay in Wayanad demonstrates the recipe in the video below. The recipe follows.


Caramelized Bananas

Caramelized bananas may use a French cooking technique, but the bananas themselves are a pure South Indian treat. There are about 20 varieties of bananas indigenous to Kerala. As far as we could tell, in our very serious banana connoisseur fact-finding mission, each is tastier than the one before. Our host at The Turmerica, Ranjini …

Puri – Deep-Fried Bread is a thin, round and flat, unleavened bread.

Puri – Deep-Fried Bread

Puri – Deep-Fried Bread is a thin, round, and flat unleavened bread. It might seem daunting to deep-fry something but we promise, it’s easy and the only ingredients you need are whole wheat flour, water, salt, and oil. It’s fun to make and to eat – immediately from the pan. And, it’s highly entertaining, too, because …


Cherupayar – Green Gram Curry

Cherupayar is a green gram curry that uses whole moong beans. Moong beans are high in fiber, protein and antioxidants. They are also very tasty. After soaking the moong dal overnight, the recipe comes together quickly. Ranjini whipped this up for us early one morning as part of our South Indian breakfast at The Turmerica.


Pumpkin Leaf Dry Curry

This Pumpkin Leaf Dry Curry recipe comes from Akila. Akila is a Paniyas tribal woman from Wayanad. She studied hospitality at school and now works with the Menon family at The Turmerica. Akila made this dish for Ranjini and Ranjini liked the Pumpkin Leaf Dry Curry so much she wanted to share it with us. …

Ranjini Menon cooking demonstration

Ranjini Menon

When we arrived at The Turmerica, Ranjini Menon cooked us dinner dressed in a stylish new saree. To top that, when we videotaped her making several recipes, she wore the traditional Kerala saree of cream with gold trim. At neither occasion, did she spill a drop on her beautiful outfits. We were in awe from …