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“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it… and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied… and it is all one.”
― M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating



Though I have spent a considerable part of my life in Tamilnadu, I have never been interested in Tamil cuisine. This could be because of the fact that I was a fussy eater growing up and anything to do with food never interested me. Even Amma stayed away from experimenting much and played it safe with just the sambar and rasam. I am not sure if it was intentional, her curries always had her distinct style. So, we never got to have authentic Tamil food, the only exception being Sambar.

In initial days of college life, my food experiments were limite…

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