Babloo goes Bananas!

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Homage to the Hometown: Kollengode

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5 Questions with Geetha Sangeeth, 42

Which is your favourite travel destination?
Kollengode Village in Palakkad district, Kerala.
Why is it special?
It’s my hometown! My parents and siblings live there.
Something travellers shouldn’t miss…
The famed Ramassery Idly (steamed rice cakes). Ramassery is a village close to Kollengode; it sells an idly that is very different from the regular South Indian idlys. The Ramassery Idly is round and flat and extremely delicious. It’s served hot in banana leaves with coconut chutney.
What can one shop for?
Handloom dresses, Kerala saris, and crispy banana chips.
Tell us a good memory associated with this place.
Good old school and college days. I also remember annual temple festivals like the Aaraattu and Deshavilakku with elephants and drum beats.
Kollengode is about an hour from Palakkad town in Kerala, South India.

Pau Bhaji!

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Sureka from Mumbai cooks a great Pau Bhaji at home…invented in the 1860s by housewives in Mumbai, the humble pau bhaji — cooked with vegetables and spices, eaten with bread — remains one of the most popular street foods in India.