March 27, 2011

Kerala Mela....

Do you have  those days when you  suddenly crave an ada or a pacha aracha sambhar or a kallumakai nirachathu, a particular payasam..... you haven't made it in a while and you can't remember exactly how to make it, or whether there is coriander in it or not.. if you are like me, it's probably tough remembering too many things and you keep a note or two around, post-its with recipes, a stash of printouts, a ton of bookmarks in the computer and still wonder!! If you are memory genius then you don't need any bookmarks..lucky you!! You can blog hop to the next blog then..

How many of you know about the site, Kerala Mela initiated some time ago? There were not so many blogs and bookmarking a fav blog  recipe was the only to remember all the recipes going through the blogosphere. Then when I wanted to search for a particular Kerala recipe, if it was not bookmarked, it was almost impossible to find it. So this site was meant to be a portal for all the varied Kerala based recipes blogged in detail by our very own bloggers..mostly for traditional style, since that is the basis for all cooking and then each person varies it to her tastes..hence fusion happens. But here I wanted to just capture the essence of Kerala Cuisine, which is the varied collection of recipes from every region.

I haven't been able to update the site too many times as I can barely keep track of all the Kerala recipes posted now...so I was thinking..
If this site is not used by anyone, I would like to shut it down. If you do think its useful, leave a comment. And bloggers, if you think its useful and would like to update your latest recipes there, the best way might be to make it open to all of you who can join it as co-admin and then update as needed. If you blog something traditional or something special, which you think is not a common recipe, then add that to the list on the site, Kerala Mela.
So if there is no feedback, I would probably close that site soon, so do respond.


28 comments:

Rachel said...

OOh, Don't.. that is my reference guide for kerala food.

Nags said...

i would love to see it revived! let me know if you want me to work with you on it. rather than opening it up, we can take turns updating it, say, every two weeks. that's once a month per person. doable?

An Open Book said...

i had no idea there was a site like this cos im comparatively new to blogging... :o
about the question ud asked about using cooking chocolate or regular choc for the chocolate bars..i use cooking choc.. never really used regular ones ever..i wonder if it makes a difference..have u used regular choc fr baking and the like???

Anonymous said...

Ohh noes. Long time lurker here. Your recipes for Egg curry with coconut milk and Nadan kozhi curry helped me survive in US.

Vimal

Nita said...

Oh I love this site(Kerala Mela). This is the site I hop on to whenever I want to make something as simple as madukusan or something complicated like theeyal....

Jas said...

Please don't close the site. The site is a great place togo overtime I have a big decision to make as to what I am going to be cooking. It would also be most helpful if some of us were able to post our recipes when the inspiration gets to us. Plus there aren't many places out there to go to to get good nadan Malabar shaped.

Nimi said...

Please do not close the site, I had no idea of such a blog exisiting but now I have visited and it is a great collection of recipes. so please keep it going !
Thanks !

Sajitha said...

I did not know the site existed but visited just now and its very well organized and I have already found quite a few interesting recipes that I will definitely try out!

(I am one of those book-markeers who eventually forgets what all were marked in the clutter!)

Jyothsna said...

Keep it alive!! I certainly need it :) Btw, is pacha aracha sambar = pacha pulinkari?

Myra said...

I think it is a shame to close something down you have created,and i appreciate it's very time consuming!!
Nags has come up with a good solution,or your original idea Shaheen in your post,Please let us know what decision has been made..
Have a good day
yours Myra xx

Barbara43 said...

I subscribe to your site via emails. I emailed you about 2 weeks ago for permission to copy your recipes for my own personal use, but have not received a response from you.
I don't know if your silence is in fact your answer, or if there is something else I should be doing on my end. I'm sorry to use this venue to ask for your permission once again but I don't know where else to turn. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
Sincerely, Barbara in Toronto

Julia said...

I had no idea this site existed either. I'm going to check it out now. Judging by the rest of your comments, it's a useful - and loved! - resource. :)

Shabs.. said...

Shaheen....kadumkai cheyyalley!that site is real good, even if you cant update it on regular basis, let it be so. It has very good recipes anyway...one of the sites that is real good.

Nostalgia said...

Kerala mela is a great place shn.. keep it going.

R M said...

Let it be let it be...


It's a great resource.

Rashmi

snippetsnscribbles said...

Oh no. Please do not close this site :)

Anita said...

Why close such a nice resource? Even if you are unable to find much time for it, it already is a treasure!

deedee said...

nopes! keep it. Don't know if I've ever commented on your blog though I keep looking up for recipes every now and then, I just dropped by thanks to a bookmarked chicken tikka! This time matter was pressing enough to warrant a comment. Doesn't matter if the site's not updated.. it already has most kerala dishes and I refer to it all the time. Even if u never look at it again, please don't close it.. for the likes of me.

Bharathy said...

Now, where;s your answer, girl? :) ;)

Anonymous said...

its a perfectly good collection of recipes....are there any disadvantages of leaving the site open?

Eloise M said...

I've only just found this site - good South Indian recipes are quite difficult to find on the net and I would be really sorry to see this disappear... I've seen at least 7 recipes that I'm going to try out over the next couple of months, and that's only in the chicken section!

uma said...

Oh no - please don't close the site..like many others, I often use it for reference..i am not a food blogger, but enjoy cooking - if there is any way i can help with updates & such, please let me know..

uma

Anonymous said...

I'm a silent reader of your blog. I love kerala preparations and appreciate all your hard work. Please don't close the blog.

Anonymous said...

Do not close it plzzzzz

Anonymous said...

Please keep it going.I think the appearance of this site is better than kerala mela.

Regards

Anil

Fathima said...

Please dont close the blog.

The parottas look yummy. In tamil nadu, at the end three or four parottas are stacked together and crunched to seperate the layers.

Prottas soaked in chicken gravy mmmm, or attukal paya Hayyo I want to go home to India.

Thanks for the detailed method for folding the parottas.


FAthima

~*LaTeNtSpItFiRe*~ said...

Please kep it. It's a great resource every time I crave good home cooked food.

NSAM said...

oh no please do not close this site..I have the same problem with bookmarking.Kerala mela is my SOS site through which I learnt most of my mallu cooking.