Thursday, August 27, 2015

ಚಳಕಾಯಿ ~ Indian Cherry

Chala Kaayi ~ Indian Cherry is a seasonal fruit. The tree grows in Malnad region, usually not seen in plains. The fruit has a thick dark green skin, inside is a hard seed covered in clear sticky liquid. There's one variety which has slightly thinner skin. The cherry grows in summer usually February to April. It is used for making pickles. Oil, salt, red chilly powder are the basic ingredients; ready for consumption after 4 to 6 weeks. Chala Kaayi Uppinkaayi goes well with rice or if the skin is still crunch it can be eaten like a snack too.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

pine cones at Botanical Garden

Pines usually grow in high altitudes, in cool climatic conditions. Botanical Garden of Karnataka University is home to a dozen of these beautiful trees, The tree's fruits drop off during the beginning of rainy season. They are lovely little woody things, can be used as decorative items. I used to have two of them on my table for years, they added some beauty to the table.