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Spice Market (Fort Cochin, Kerala, India)

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spicemkt2This is not entirely a post on food, but it seems to fall within the general ambit of this site.  While we were in Kerala, we visited the famous spice markets in Fort Cochin, after being pestered into taking a guided tour by drivers of “tuk tuk ferraris.”  The spice markets dealt primarily in ayurvedic “spices,” but edible spices were also available, including ginger, star anise, and a number of others.  The storage facilities were beautiful and old — they have been used since approximately 1500, when the Portuguese based their tea trading out of the city, I believe.  Also, the lime-covered drying area for ginger was a memorable and blinding spectacle.  The one thing the pictures don’t convey is the smells, which were powerful and lingering.

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June 24, 2009 at 10:09 am

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Keralan Cuisine (Allepey, India)

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kerala1While in India in February 2009, we took a trip down South to Kerala (the “Hawaii of India”) for some rest and relaxation and to sleep on a houseboat in the famed backwaters.  It was much calmer than the rest of India and more beautiful (especially as the sun set over the backwaters), although the bugs were pretty nasty at night.

Kerala is known for its spicy seafood, so we were naturally excited to eat.  And we were not disappointed.  Some of the best food of our entire trip was the “home-cooked” food prepared on the houseboat by the chef who travelled with us.

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May 15, 2009 at 11:42 am