young leaves is superior to old leaves in term of quality.
to pick a high quality cardamon , shake the seeds.
high quality seeds gives good sounds when shaken.
a visit to Spice Garden while on the way to Periyar a.k.a Thekkady.
learned a thing or two about spices.
these will turn into green pepper , red pepper , white pepper and black pepper
depending on aging and drying process.
Green pepper is the hottest , while black pepper is the least hot.
to determine the quality of black pepper , soak the black peppercorn in water.
a good quality black pepper will sink to the bottom.
for cinnamon , rub the cinnamon roll.
a low quality cinnamon will produce powder easily when rubbed ,
means that it has been sprayed and dried with cinamon powder on the
it has combined flavours of cinnamon , nutmeg and cloves .
the ride that I regretted during the trip.
i was excited for the elephant ride intially , then when the trainer
hit the elephant with canes and hook , i suddenly remember
the video I watched about cruel elephant training in Thailand.
regarding elephant ride and animal cruelty : click here
Music , facial expressions , body gestures and detailed costumes being
predominant component in the show.
Kerala : God's Own Country