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Old 31st July 2009, 10:11   #196
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Don't know srikanth. I have never tasted it - noticed many from Mallu land have a great taste for this piece of delicacy.
And, often noticed vendors selling it at the railway station(s).

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Only once in my life I have had this, the first time I went to Kerala on official work. It was at the India Coffee House, what a place it was. Is it still around?
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Nice thread, Sam. And like you said, Kerala surely is a blessed place when it comes to natural beauty. I hope it stays that way.

In the Fort Cochin pictures, the quaint old look is so interesting. And I think one of the factors that make the snaps look great is the rainy wetness all around - sort of cleanses the place/roads/trees etc of any dust and grime.

Don't want to rake up the mundu discussion again, but could not resist posting these snaps I took last weekend at Kerala, of a volleyball match in progress, with most players wearing mundu/lungi. I watched the game for sometime and never saw even 1 player retying/adjusting the mundu.
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A close-up of the mundu-clad players.

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instead of the mango / pineapple juice you should have opted for "Pazham Pori" at the railway station.
'Pazham Pori' or "Banana Fritters" evokes different reactions in different people. I did a road trip through south and central kerala in 1999 with 4 friends (2 Belgians, 1 Telugu and 1 North Indian) and introduced them to their first ever taste of Pazham Pori. All 4 of them loved it, which made me think that everyone will love it as much as we Mallus do.

But when I recommended it to a couple of Tamil friends who were travelling to Kerala, they said they did not like it at all. I have stopped recommending it to anyone after that, thinking that it is best people discover native cuisine on their own.
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'Pazham Pori' or "Banana Fritters" evokes different reactions in different people.



But when I recommended it to a couple of Tamil friends who were travelling to Kerala, they said they did not like it at all. I have stopped recommending it to anyone after that, thinking that it is best people discover native cuisine on their own.
Biju, as I mentioned earlier I do not have any inclination to have "Pazham Pori" again after trying it out once. Possibly we tamilians are used to the "Plantain Bajji" that we can't digest banana in "Pazham Pori" form.
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Only once in my life I have had this, the first time I went to Kerala on official work. It was at the India Coffee House, what a place it was. Is it still around?
ICH is everywhere; in Kerala.
Not a bad place for a quick meal/snack.
Indian Coffee House the biggest restaurant chain in Kerala
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@supreme Baleno - not all are mundu-clad. I see one Gelf return also.

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with most players wearing mundu/lungi.
Supreme said MOST not ALL, Sam!
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Supreme said MOST not ALL, Sam!
Dammit Navin, I waited the whole thread to say Gelf-return!
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Sorry but you also said "ALL".
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Man this thread is weird , started with a trip , went to Mundu's , then there was a lull in the activity and the Yeti blogged again , now we are back to Mundu's and guys playing volleyball in Mundu's and to beat it all we are also having a "spot the mistake" competition between Sam and Navin..Weird..?? or Wonderful ??
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Sam do I need a new pair of glasses or is it camera shake?

Did you guys ntoice that Sam is standing at a 4-8" lower level than everyone else and still looks taller than many.

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Whoa! Alappuzha (Aleppey) coming up. Would be interesting.
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If only...

You'd all been wearing mundus or lungis!
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why do most of you appear "shaken" in the pic?

was the photographer high in spirits?
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why do most of you appear "shaken" in the pic?

was the photographer high in spirits?
I think the photographer didn't know how to use that camera, lol. She had been doing a pretty good job so far with my camera.
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