|Appam, egg curry, and potato stew|
|Making the Appam, dressed in a sari, of course!|
Earlier this week I found some passion fruit at the market, and had no idea what ripe ones felt like so bought an assortment, because although this is a favorite flavor of mine, after the queen mango, I've never had any fresh passion fruit. It was great fun cutting the outer layer in half to see the very interesting, very gelatinous interior that covered the seeds. That gooey substance and the seeds is the edible part, and although S tried to rain a bit on my parade by likening their appearance to frogs' eggs, they were fantastic. They do resemble frogs' eggs a bit...
Finally, we visited a CHIPS shop on the way to the beach this afternoon. Chips here are serious business, and of the banana variety, but taste nothing like the hard, waxy banana chips we get/produce in the U.S. These are of many varieties, and my current favorite are the long, thin masala banana chips that are sprinkled with lots of spices after they come out of the coconut oil. I had to buy a minimum of 100 kg and found it was not a problem to consume them all, quite the contrary. There were other "chaat" at the chips store, which is a dry snack in Indian culinary terms, which you see in the pictures below, and halwa of many flavors, which tastes a bit like a caramel/butter base with some fruit essence for the flavor. Very rich, and a little goes a long way.
Enjoy the photos of our culinary day in the south.
|Halwa flavors at Chip Shop|
|Masala Long Chips|
|Pryamid of Goodness|
|Taking Large Boat out to Sea Against the Tide|
|Pushing it past the tide and lighthouse|
|Free at Sea!|
|Steve and Driver Outside Chip Shop|
|South Indian Breakfast|
|Beignets? Can't Tell, No English spoken at Chips Shop!|
|Passion Fruit shell and interior|
|Fish Eggs? No, Passion Fruit|