Travel Shot: Madurai Malli| The Jasmine Flowers Of Madurai

Here’s all about our first tryst with the famous jasmine flowers of Madurai – the Madurai mallige!

Bun Sandwiches, 4 Ways

I love bakery buns, especially those from Iyengar’s Bakery. Not the buns with tutti-frooti or dry fruits and nuts in them, you know, but the plain and simple sweet ones. I fancy myself a bun sandwich as a treat, now and then. I think these round and fluffy and cute buns are just the right…

The Other Azhagar Temple In Madurai: Koodal Azhagar Kovil 

On our trip to Madurai, we aren’t able to fit in a visit to the Azhagar Kovil, about 20 km away from the main city. We do, however, visit the other Azhagar Kovil – the Koodal Azhagar Kovil – which is just a short distance away from the famed Meenakshi Amman temple. Legend has it that…

Azhagar Kovil Dosai| Black Urad Dosa

About 20 km away from Madurai, the Kallu Azhagar temple stands in the foothills of the lush Azhagar Malai (‘beautiful hills’ in Tamil). Lord Vishnu, the presiding deity of this temple, is believed to be the brother of Meenakshi Amman (the Goddess of the famed Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple), and it was he who gave…

Travel Shot: Panneer Drakshe Aka Indian Gulabi Grapes 

If you happen to be in Tamilnadu this time of the year – when it’s hot, but not yet the peak of summer – there’s a high likelihood that you will come across carts of almost translucent-looking, plump, purple grapes, on the streets. The vendor will catch you ogling at them, and invite you over…

Madurai Diaries: Of Hogging At Nagapattinam Halwa Shop

Most tourists in Madurai are here to visit the famed Meenakshi Amman temple. At the most, these passersby try out the jigarthanda here (because you absolutely cannot miss the shops selling it! They are smack in your face!). The city, though, has many well-kept secrets, foodie and otherwise. One relatively unexplored aspect of Madurai’s food…

Thoughts After Visiting MS Subbulakshmi’s House In Madurai

We have been in Madurai for five days, and have been frantically looking for the house that the great singer MS Subbulakshmi used to live in, once upon a time. We have been interested in it ever since we read about it here, on Sudhagee’s blog. Like thousands of other South Indians, the husband and…

Our Street Food (And Drink) Journey In Madurai

While in Madurai, jigarthanda is a lovely drink to have, yes. But then, jigarthanda is not the be-all and end-all of food and drink in Madurai, contrary to what many tourists believe. Old Madurai has some beautiful old-fashioned restaurants that serve a variety of traditional food stuff. The newer part of Madurai has newer restaurants,…

On A Jigarthanda Trail In Madurai 

Walk around the streets of Madurai for just a little while, and it becomes absolutely clear just how popular jigarthanda is in the city. Every nook and corner has a jigarthanda shop, some boasting of ‘unique taste’. Some shops have locals and tourists alike milling around, while some are empty. As we take this all…