Paputtu, Coffee plantations and other reasons to visit Coorg

There are many types of travelers in the world and India is one of the few destinations, which can satisfy all kinds of travelers. Coorg is a small hill station in Karnataka, which is at an altitude of 1,145 meters above sea level. The place is a famous summer retreat and honeymoon destination in winter. Apart from all elements of the cliché hill station, this hill station is famous for adventure activities and photography. If you are visiting Karnataka, a trip to Coorg is a must. The route of the road to Coorg is also hypnotizing during the winter.

Visiting South India and not obsessing over the filter coffee in the South Indian style is a sin. So you will have to spend time in the hazy coffee plantations of the South. Located in the Karnataka mountains, Coorg is a delight for nature lovers and a popular hill station. The exotic scenic beauty, the exuberant vegetation, the hills covered with a canopy of green forests, the spices and the coffee plantations is what makes Coorg an ideal place to rejuvenate your senses. It is also a hit with couples and honeymooners due to its hazy romantic atmosphere.

We got back in the car, this time to head for the region of Coorg. It is about 130 kilometers from Mysore. As I've told you in previous posts, I enjoyed these trips and always had my camera in hand to capture all the details (except when I fell asleep, of course!).

Coorg is the perfect place to be in direct contact with nature. Here the spectacular coffee and spice plantations are famous, as well as the landscapes of lush green vegetation, which make the climate cooler. In this rural area is the Kodava ethnic group. They are believed to be descended from Persian or perhaps Greek emigrants, abandoned by the armies of Alexander the Great.

In this region, we stayed at a resort where they looked after us like royals. This place seemed to me of the most special, where I felt that nature surrounded me with love and protection. The hotel staff could not believe the number of things we wanted to do in two days. Yes, rest and we would leave for another time because these places do not come every day!

What details will I keep in my memory, forever?

The delicious cold coffee, the spectacular room that we stayed, which did not lack a detail. We had a pool, but, I did not have time to use it much! There were also appetizing recipes, which the chefs prepared with care in the different restaurants. The regional dance on one of the nights. The pleasant walks to enjoy the endless coffee plantations.

Another trip that I enjoyed a lot was through the town closest to the hotel, where we witnessed the prayers of several locals live. I love the spirituality here, who dedicate to pray, at least, half an hour each day. We also discovered a man who served coffee in a genuine way! By the way, one of the days we were in Coorg (January 26), was the Indian Republic Day. Locals hoisted the colors of the flag everywhere.

Another of the things I did and will never forget was the Ayurvedic full body massage. It left me like new and with skin like velvet. The Ayurveda means the science of life and is an ancient system of traditional medicine that originated in India. In India, this type of massage is performed as rituals. They first massage with hands. Then they begin the treatment with some chants and end up introducing us in a kind of steam box so that the oil that they apply during the massage penetrates on the skin more intensely.

In addition to these experiences, during our stay in Coorg, we were able to visit an elephant park where I experienced the experience of being blessed by one of them. When they close the park to the public, the elephants can move freely through an enormous territory they have at their disposal.

Another of the things we did on one of the excursions around Coorg was to visit the second largest Tibetan settlement in India, called Nyingmapa. Nyingma is a tradition of Tibetan Buddhism founded in the 8th century. The word literally means "ancient" and the school is commonly referred to as "the old school."

What to eat in Coorg?

Following the desire to try a dessert for breakfast different than usual, I came across the Paputtu and I immediately decided to try the cake with rice flour and coconut. The cake in question is tasty and fragrant, soft and perfect as a base to enrich or stuffing to taste. The Paputtu rice cake is a cake prepared a bit all over Coorg or Kodagu in Karnataka with different variations from region to region. Paputtu, literally sticky rice with coconut, and the end result from the aesthetic point of view are very similar to homegrown rice pudding.

The version of the rice cake proposed here is a traditional recipe, which was usually prepared for Dasara. Also for this rice cake, which is very simple but tasty, there are variants that provide for the addition of coconut and cardamom. The rice cake is prepared by boiling rice in milk until completely cooked and then combining sugar and dill leaves. You can add eggs and the mixture is baked in the oven and sprinkled with sugar before being served to the table with chicken Koli curry.

With an exotic taste that everyone loves, Paputtu is one of the first cakes that girls learn to do in the kitchen from their grandmother. In this recipe we used the coconut flakes, that is, the fruit pulp which is first dried and then milled. The coconut is delicious, gluten-free, natural and preservative. The cake with coconut and rice flour is sweet and easy to prepare and suitable for breakfast or snack for the whole family.

The use of rice flour in this recipe will allow you to have a fluffy sweet, thanks to the rich amount of starch in it, which, however, shall in no way alter the final taste. It's very soft texture and the intoxicating scent of coconut will make you love this sweet at first taste. It also contains very little fat, making it also suitable for children.

The type of rice used for the preparation of this cake is the glutinous rice, a sticky rice, grown mainly in South India and so called because it contains no gluten but because once cooked, is very sticky. Our fresh rice with coconut cake was prepared following the coorgi tradition. The ingredients are typical of this geographical region and the rice was steamed. In the plate, it dominates the sweetness and aroma of coconut, while the balance is guaranteed by the freshness of the cardamom. We see, then, how to prepare this excellent coconut cake with rice flour.

When to visit Coorg?

Are you planning to visit Coorg? Here you will find everything you need to know about when to plan your visit, how to plan it, where to go and what to do there. With its boundless natural beauty, Coorg has some of the most beautiful scenery in the country and is also highly underrated.

Then, the first and most important thing is to choose a season. The summers can be very hot and the winters are too cold, especially in the mountain resorts.

So the ideal time to visit would be around October or February. I would say that it would take at least 2 days for a good and complete tour of Coorg. There is not one that should be lost.

1 comment:

Ramakant Pradhan said...

Looks very yummy. Have to taste it soon :)

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