Paddy fields

Rice

Beautiful green blades of paddy swishing to the music of the wind and Egrets dotting the field to feed on insects or the left over seeds is a common scene you encounter as you travel in South and East … [Read more...]

Teak Tree

Teak tree

Teak tree is the most precious deciduous tree in India and as you traverse into Western Ghats, you come across these trees gloriously growing on the slopes of the hills. Common names are Indian … [Read more...]

Star Gooseberry

Star Gooseberry

Star Gooseberry is known as Kiru Nellikayi in Kannada and was my favorite during school.  I would buy them from an old lady selling outside the school campus and smuggle them into the class and dip … [Read more...]

Pathar Ke Phool

Stone Flower

Stone Flower is a Lichen and belongs to Parmeliaceae family. In Kannada it is known as Kallu Hoovu, Hindi it is Kalpassi and Pathar Ke Phool. Botanical name is Lichen Parmelia. When visiting … [Read more...]

Tea Estate

Tea

Chai as it is known in India is a favorite beverage across the country. If you ever travel in India by train you are sure to be woken by the chaiwala’s (Tea seller) call. Served in earthen ware, paper … [Read more...]

Mint

Mint

Mint is known as Pudina in India and is prominently used in Indian cuisines. Botanical name is Mentha longifolia and belong to Lamiaceae family. Mint is derived from the Greek name Mentha. It is … [Read more...]

Mustard

Mustard

In Indian cuisine, the first spice that is added while preparing a dish to heated Oil is the Mustard Seeds. It is only when they pop that the other ingredients follow one by one. Asia and … [Read more...]

Custard Apple

Custard Apple

Custard Apple is also known as Sugar Apple and Sharifa in Hindi. In most of the other Indian languages it is known as Sitaphal. Annona Squamosa is the botanical name belonging to Annonaceae … [Read more...]

Pomelo

Pomelo

Also known as Shaddock, Jabong, Grape Fruit, Chakkotha in Kannada, and Madhukarkati in Sanskrit, Pomelo  is the largest citrus fruit belonging to family Rutaceae. Botanical name is Citrus … [Read more...]

Star Fruit tree

Carambola

Carambola is a fruit native to Indian Sub-continent and South East Asia. This fruit bearing tropical tree is now grown in other parts of the world. When you cut the fruit into roundels, instead of … [Read more...]

Fig Tree

Fig Tree

Other common names of Fig Tree are Cluster Fig Tree, Indian Fig Tree or Goolar (Gular) Fig. It is a native of Australia, India, and South-East Asia. Botanical name is Ficus racemosa and belongs to … [Read more...]

Lablab Bean

Lablab Bean

Other common names of Lablab are hyacinth bean, dolichos bean, seim bean, Egyptian kidney bean, Indian bean, chicharo and Australian pea. Chapparada Avarekayi in Kannada, Bhatvas, Shimi in Hindi, and … [Read more...]

Brahmi

Ondelaga – Brahmi – Gotu Kola

We are all aware of Brahmi because of Brahmi Amla Kesh Thel (Brahmi – Gooseberry – hair oil) that is manufactured by leading cosmetic brands in India. Botanical name of  Ondelaga – Brahmi – Gotu Kola … [Read more...]

Bay Leaves

Indian Bay Leaf Tree

We came across this good looking tree in Padubidiri. My city bred eyes could never have identified the tree. My husband’s relative pointed it to us. We plucked few leaves and crushed them to release … [Read more...]

Carrot

Carrot

Carrot Kosambari is a favorite and a very common traditional salad in Mysore so is Carrot Halwa in North India. While teething, babies are given a piece of peeled Carrot to gnaw so as to comfort the … [Read more...]

Ganika Patram

Ganika Patram – Garden Night Shade

Ganika Patram is known as Kasi Soppu in Kannada, Makoi in Hindi, and Manathakali in Tamil. Botanical name is Solanum nigrum and belong to Solanaceae family. Other English common names are European … [Read more...]

Tomato

Tomato

Tomato Saru, Tomato Bhajji (raitha), Tomato Chutney, Tomato Onion Chitranna (Rice) were some of the dishes enjoyed while growing up.  Never gave a thought to this fantastic fruit used as a vegetable … [Read more...]

Malayan Apple

Malayan Apple

As the name suggests Malayan Apple is a native of Malaysia. It is also a native of Malaysia’s neighboring countries Java, Indonesia, and Sumatra. Botanical name is Syzygium malaccense and belongs to … [Read more...]

Banana - Plantain

Banana – Plantain

I could not believe when the Banana - Plantain plant that was growing in one patch of our garden flowered one day. We kept a vigil for the flowers to convert into fruit and we were successful … [Read more...]

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String Beans

String beans, French beans also known as Runner beans is a vegetable that is used in cuisines across the globe but originated in Peru. The other common names are Snap bean, Bush bean, Pole bean, … [Read more...]