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Interesting read, thanks! And Dave's photos are as always fantastic!


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beautiful and I wish I could taste all of those!!!


Love picking up muruku and other treats @ Little India in Pg. Have you read "a Hundred Foot Journey"? There is a recipe for onion bhajis in the back; have to try that one day when I feel like deep frying!

Preeta Samarasan

Hey Robyn! Lovely post. All these treats are actually equally common among Malaysian Indians of Tamil descent -- usually during the Deepavali season, but you can get them at other times as well. My late aunt used to make all these from scratch, but, as in India, few Malaysian Indians make them at home nowadays. Athirasam is my mum's favourite too ;-) . And of course the South Indian fried snacks are the ancestor of Malaysian "kacang puteh."

Preeta Samarasan

P.S. Maavu urundai is more commonly known by its other name, neyyi urundai, in Malaysia, but people should know both terms if you go looking for them in Penang. Those used to be my very favourite when I was a kid -- I've lost much of my sweet tooth now, but I might still be able to eat those out of nostalgia!

Preeta Samarasan

Eek, I'm feeling a bit neurotic posting a third comment here (especially after so many months not commenting!), but I'm clearly a little obsessed with this post ;-) . I just wanted to point out: while achu murukku are sweet, "achu" doesn't mean sweet. "Achu" is the mould or form used in the preparation of those murukku (you probably saw it?).

Zoe Perrett (@TheSpiceScribe)

Love this! Lucky to live near a store run by Iyers in North London so I can pick up some of these when the craving strikes (which, thanks to this post, it now! ;) )


Wonderful post, to join your many many other wonderful posts. I usually don't comment, but have been following your blog faithfully and with great delight for years; your writing is consistently luminous and 1st class. Please keep writing - you are truly in a class of your own. And thank you, really, thank you, for your care with research, your thoughtful work, wonderful photos, outstanding writing.


Lisa, thank you for the lovely comment -- it made my day!
I will continue writing, of course ... trying to balance book research and writing for the book and traveling with keeping up the blog has been a challenge but I'm trying to get back to it. EatingAsia will not fade away. At least for the foreseeable future, so please stay tuned.


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Homesick Malaysian

Have been checking in continuously since this article August, still looking forward to an update soon. I've read many of the older articles you've written, especially about Kuala Lumpur & Penang, perhaps because I'm a Malaysian student in London, and it is not easy to finesse food memories in London's cold, grey autumn without your vivid writing & the lush photography on this blog. I guess in my clumsy way I'm trying to say thank you. I hope your travels are treating you well & that you continue writing :)

Swisswife (anexpatwife)

I LOVE this post. I have been to India several times, no where near as much as I'd like and your pictures brought some wonderful food memories back to me. Thank you for sharing.


You're welcome Swisswife, and thanks for reading!


It's nice to discover new cultures, its permit to the reader learn more information about many things. And each country has their own distinction.

Rekha rajan

Lovely. I am from Tamil Nadu and it is always nice to see someone identify and appreciate the snacky nature of my people. Thanks!


Thank you Rekha! It's always great to hear from folks who intimately know the foods I'm writing about. Tamil Nadu's snacks rule! :)

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