This is the little coconut farm we bought on an impulse on a bright sunny morning and since then the dream of living on this farm just doesn’t let me sleep.
The first thing for me was to come up with a name for our beautiful farm and I am not going to lie, the name “Kalpavriksha” just popped-up in my head instantly. I always liked that name and the meaning behind the name was too good for me to pass up. The word Kalpavriksha means a “divine wish-fulfilling tree” as per Hindu Mythology.
Mythology aside, in Sanskrit coconut palm is considered as “Kalpa Vriksha” which is defined as “the tree that provides all the necessities of life”. So that just sealed the deal for us; An apt name for our farm.
Of course, anyone would understand what a coconut tree means to us South Indians. Our dishes wouldn’t be complete without adding a bit of grated coconut to it and summers here in South are synonymous with tender coconuts; the flavourful natural drink is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
And what can I say about the famous coconut chutney…its heavenly along with idly and dosa. My growing up years were spent mostly in North India – Delhi, Agra & West Bengal as my dad was working with the Indian Army and got posted to various places quite frequently. During our stay in the North, the one thing we missed was this coconut chutney because you couldn’t get fresh coconuts in Delhi then. Every time our South Indian friends visited their native, the only thing we all waited for with bated breaths was a couple of coconuts! Sounds strange right, but that is a memory I distinctly remember.
Waking up to the sounds of mustard seeds crackling and the fragrance of curry leaves seasoning wafting through the air as my mom seasoned the freshly ground coconut chutney, is one of my favourite memories of my childhood.
What’s more…writing about this has made me all nostalgic, so I am off to prepare coconut chutney with some super soft idlis.
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