Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Rediscovering the forgotten recipes and the lost art of local traditional cooking…

Food is always given utmost importance in any culture and every community has its unique cuisine. A closer observation reveals that the local environment has a strong relation to these food practices. While there is science involved in knowing the right measure of ingredients and when to add to what - like in a chemistry lab; there is creativity and craft involved in using things the nature/environment has to offer and making food look appealing on that banana leaf.

Unknown or forgotten, the diversity of local preparations has been ignored in the rush to modernization and western way of eating practices. 

Many a age old recipes, the tools and the techniques buried in ancient kitchens,. The skilled mothers lost their recipes and skill in the name of modernity. 

Have age old local traditional recipes already become extinct? Or, with the changing eating patterns of today, will these traditional recipes be lost forever to the world?

Buda folklore looks to revive the dying culinary art of this region which is slowly fading out with the advent of kitchen gadgets and instant ready mixes.

The workshop is about
Documenting and Rediscovering the forgotten Recipes..  forgotten  skills and  forgotten  techniques …  forgotten  flavors and the lost art of real traditional cooking
This culinary retreat is for a period of 4 - 5 days. 

                                     It is important to purchase local products from small independent farmers
The day would be spent with visits to local markets, 

a leisurely afternoon is spent cooking and documenting the process of forgotten recipes 
It includes documenting the skills and techniques of cooking and have hands on experience of some unusual local recipes, 

A culinary tour* around the village. This tour, will give participants an insight into cooking practices (tools, skills and techniques) in these homes. 
At the end of the workshop, we would like to put together these recipes with respect to the cooking methodology, the associated local wisdom, history & folk culture and the nutritive value of these foods  in a photo journal form and & CD. 

If you'd like to experience this culinary journey, join us any time between the 19th and the 24th @ the Buda Folklore Research Centre, Honnavar.

Look forward to seeing you !


  1. Hello Savitaji,

    I am Priyanka Gonawala from Mumbai and would like to participate in above mentioned workshop. Cooking always makes me happy. I am a conservation architect by profession but I am also interested in culinary traditions. Please guide me how can I participate in the workshop. e.g. I am need to apply formally, Is there some fees I am suppose to pay. Regards

    1. Hi Priyanka,

      Glad to know that culinary traditions interest you and you are keen on joining this workshop.
      This workshop will largely focus on documenting these culinary traditions.We intend to bring out a series of photo journals and small books highlighting the food culture of the western coastal belt.

      Do pass on your contact details/email address to,we could mail across details of this workshop and the upcoming ones too.


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