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The Tamarind Pod
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Now that the i-pod is famous, here's the t-pod...these are the seed pods of the tamarind tree. This photograph is for my daughter, who loved to eat tamarind raw and would arrive back from school with her uniform pockets bulging with seed pods tha she had picked up in her school compound. It was my job to try and clean her white uniform of the unsightly and difficult-to-remove stains! Both of us still love to eat raw tamarind (though I couldn't even pick up a pod today, as one is forbidden to do so in a reserve forest).  Tamarinds are beautiful, large trees...the pods grow much larger than these, I just liked the sunlight falling on these small ones!

IMG_0025 Tamarind pods

The word for tamarind in Tamizh is  "puLi" which sounds very similar to the word for tiger, "puli". So, I went to the forests today,and if I couldn't spot a puli, at least I got a shot of puLi! (to sound "L", don't sound the "l" at the edge of your teeth and gums; sound it with your tongue a little further above, at the beginning of  the roof of your palate.)

How I would love to take asakiyume and show her all these sights....


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Lovely picture! And brought back memories...I love puLi (I love Puli also) too - they used to sell elandhavadai which was mainly puLi with some stuff added to it and flattened...yum yum yum.

no, no, no...elanthai vadAm IS only elanthi pazham mashed up, with salt and chilli powder..NO puLi in it my dear! The sourness comes from the elanthai pazham itself.

I still carry oodles of elanthai vadam when I got to visit my bebby! Such a nice snack to nibble on...

Its an iPod if you want it to be... imli pod. ;)

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