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Featured guest :
Kamala Vishwanathan, Travelling Spoon Host
Travelling Spoon – travel off the eaten path
Kamala, a house-proud homemaker who lives on the scenic ECR in Chennai, has opened her doors to guests from across the world. She has, as a Travelling Spoon host of over 3 years, met and hosted guests from Australia, the USA, Germany, UK, Japan, Vietnam, Spain and counting.
Her TS (Travelling Spoon) Guests prefer her home cooked Chettinad cuisine- mostly non-vegetarian. They love her carefully balanced spice levels – hot, but not teary or fiery!
Most of her guests are keen learners. Some of them are students of culinary schools. Some are tourists who enjoy eating at Indian restaurants in their country and wish to learn to make Indian curries themselves. Few have had family with connections in India and have enjoyed the privilege of eating Indian dishes in their younger days and are now looking to learn and make it themselves.
Kamala says “ I have acquired my skills through learning from experienced cooks of our region & fine tuned it with guidance from older family members. Traveling to many counties has helped me understand their living style . I teach them to adapt my recipes with what is available for them. Eg.many of them like crispy dosas but never knew the batter was readily available in their Indian grocery stores. My experience as a TS Host continues to be a delightful journey. Sharing my home and heritage is a pleasure.”
Tips for young learners –
Freshly made curry pastes are best- powders are an mere substitute. Do not use frozen meat, poultry or sea food- much of the flavor is lost . Use bones also in curries- boneless meats , fillet cut seafood are not the best for chettinad recipes.