Coconut Palm – #ThursdayTreeLove


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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20 thoughts on “Coconut Palm – #ThursdayTreeLove

  1. Happy to see your coconut farm which you mentioned. Is it far from Chennai? Does it take a lot of time to commute? I agree with you that finding a great south Indian meal (not just chutney) is impossible here in North India!

    1. Thank you so much. Its a 45 min drive from my place…so not too far! And yes, it is difficult to get authentic south indian meal in North just as it is impossible to find amazing authentic North indian food down south. Glad you liked the post.

  2. I love that name and those pictures are amazing. How cool that you guys bought this farm 🙂 Thank you for joining! I did not see the link on my post but I remembered your post and stooped by. I should think about how to make it easy for you.

  3. That was one impulsive purchase. I’m sure you enjoy watching these palms shooting up and the fruit must be all the sweeter since it reflects your labour of love.

    1. I bet you, it was! Didn’t think we would be doing something crazy like that. But yeah…we sure love it. And yes its bliss watching the trees grow and the fruits of labour are always sweeter…Thank you so much for stopping by. Really appreciate your comments. Feels good to share my enthusiasm and love for my farm with you.

  4. How nice to have a farm with coconut trees, you have chosen the correct name, your pictures are simply beautiful and your writing about the chutneys brought memories of my mom who used to make delicious chutneys for dosa “s and idli’s.

    1. Thank you so much Angela. You made my day. And i am so glad my post reminded you of happy memories with your mom. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with me. Means a lot!

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