Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

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Restauranteur Culinary Tour Host Kerala Homestay Owner Village Tourism Promoter Spice Exporter Event Manager A Foodie and A Traveller

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Wilson Rajan
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13 Days 1 Hour Ago

The great stories of Kerala are often retold using art forms. It is here that our legends truly come to life. Originated in North Kerala, Theyyam brings to life the great stories of our State. It encompasses dance, mime and music. It exalts the beliefs of the ancient tribals who gave a lot of importance to the worship of heroes and the spirits of their ancestors. The ceremonious dance is accompanied by the chorus of many a musical instruments. There are over 400 separate Theyyams, each with their own music, style and choreography. Each artist represents a hero with great power. Performers wear heavy make-up and adorn flamboyant costumes. The headgear and ornaments are truly majestic and fill one with a sense of awe and wonder. #thespicecircuit #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #kerala #theyyam #danceforms #danceform #storiesofkerala #theyyams #keraladanceform #traveller #travel #incredibleindia #indiatourism #traveltokerala #traveltolearn #travelinfluencer #traveltofindyoursoul #justtravel #gotravel #dancelover #performingarts #cultureandcuisine

Wilson Rajan
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13 Days 23 Hours Ago

Dance is an essential part of Kerala’s cultural fabric and Thiruvathira kali (play) is one such typical dance forms. A ritual performance and the celebration of complete happiness, Thiruvathira is a dance form consisting of simple, elegant steps and performed by a group of women dressed in typical Kerala style — mundu and neriyathu (a two piece saree) and the hair in a bun, adorned with jasmine. The dance follows a circular, pirouetting pattern around a traditional lamp, accompanied by clapping of the hands and singing. Thiruvathira songs are melodious and well-known. One of the performers sings the first line of a song while the rest repeat it in chorus, clapping their hands in unison. The tune and the lyrics are very sweet and simple and are related in many ways to everyday life. garlands. Lore has it that Thiruvathira kali is remembering Lord Siva taking Parvathi as his wife, spreading the message of joy and illustrating the emotions of a married woman towards her beloved and of the unmarried woman longing for one. #thespicecircuit #thiruvathira #thiruvathirakali #keralacultureandtradition #keraladanceforms #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #godsowncountrykerala #incredibleindia #indiatourism #kerala #enchantingkerala #travel #traveller #danceform

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

15 Days 5 Hours Ago

While travelling across Kerala the most interesting part has been to stop over for Tea at the local 'Chaya Kada' (Tea Stall) where they usually sell Tea by the meter😀 Tea with a 'Kadi' (meaning bite also refers to a snack)...this could be freshly made Medu Wada (green gram lentil savoury doughnuts) served with crushed garlic, chilly and coconut chutney or the many local snacks including...Parippu Vada, Payyyam Porri, Neyyiappam, Unniappam, Cakes and a host of other country bites...Well if you want to share a tea-time with me and @chef_kanthi get on @the_spice_circuit upcoming tour of God's Own Country. Tour Dates: 26th Jan to 4th Feb, 2019 #thespicecircuit #chai #chayakada #teastop #teastall #localsnacks #keralasnacks #bites #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #unwto #incredibleindia #indiatourism #kerala #traveltokerala #culinarytraveller #foodietravel #gastranomictourism #foodtours #travelandfood #travelforfood

Wilson Rajan
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1969-12-31 16:00:00

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

17 Days 3 Hours Ago

Happy New Year 2019! Thank you each and everyone who touched my life and my soul...2018 had been a enlightening journey both at the personal and professional front. 2018 was another great year full of learning, a year I made many a challenging decisions, a year I indulged in many an opportunities, a year when I started travelling often, a year I gained new perspectives, a year I connected with many and made new friends and associations, a year I socially got active...thanks to @instagram and @facebook ...thank you 2018. I am so much looking forward to give shape and purpose to a host of opportunities that have come my way in 2018 and hope and pray that 2019 is full of meaningful engagements, successful expeditions and of good times and great friends. #thespicecircuit #happynewyear2019 #hny2019 #opportunity #goodtimes #greatfriends #learning #thankyou #greatjourney #expedition #travel #traveller #instagram #facebook #incredibleindia #unwto #indiatourism #srilankatourism #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #lifejourney #enlightenment

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

18 Days 7 Hours Ago

A heartful of thanks to all those wonderful people who experienced @the_spice_circuit chef-led culinary tours and our 'Home in a Village' during 2018. A big thanks to all those who showed interest and appreciated what we are doing. A generous bow to all those who recognised our work and helped us propogate our endeavours to the world. A warm hug to the whole lot of good people we connected and made friends with, the many with whom we look forward to a great journey in 2019. And a big thanks to the many who would be travelling with us across Kerala and Sri Lanka during Jan-Feb, 2019. Happy New Year and God Bless! #thespicecircuit #happynewyear #happynewyear2019 #hny2019 #thanks #bigthanks #thenewyorktimestravel #nyttravel #traveller #travel #traveldeeper #traveldeep #beatraveller #traveltofindyoursoul #justravel #travelinfluencer #travelblogger #travelwriter #travellover #incredibleindia #indiatourism #srilankatourism #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #traveltofindyourself

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

20 Days 3 Hours Ago

Travel is both to lose and find oneself...you lose your misconceptions and you lose sight of your usual surroundings to find yourself in newer settings in a new land with unknown people, eating different food, practicing a routine not often yours. You also end up finding a new perspective, a new way of looking at life, gain an understanding of how easy and difficult are things for many, make friends and develop new likes and dislikes. More than anything you lose yourself to find your soul...a new pair of eyes to look at things differently, a new sense of smell and taste to appreciate the many aromas and flavours and a new heart to live not just for yourself...Well travel to find out what it does to you...travel with @the_spice_circuit and let us help you find your true self. #thespicecircuit #travel #traveloften #traveller #traveltofindyoursoul #justravel #travelinfluencer #travelexperience #traveltofindyourself #keeptraveling #traveldeeper #travellife

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

20 Days 21 Hours Ago

With less than a month for our chef-led culinary tour of Kerala, a lot of memories from our last tour seems to be popping back. Kerala is a unique destination not just for its amazing cuisine but also for its natural diversity...heritage and hills, nature and wildlife, backwaters and beaches, ayurveda and yoga...the landscape of this tiny southern state of India evolves every 200 odd kms and this is what makes it distinctly divine. On the 26th of Jan, 2019 we will embark on another captivating voyage of God's Own Country. #thespicecircuit #kerala #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #keralatravelgram #godsowncountrykerala #godsowncountry #incredibleindia #indiatourism #keralatour #culinarytraveller #culinarytravel #chefledtour #foodtour #gastranomictourism #foodandtravel #traveller #travel #traveltokerala #spicejourneys #spicetour

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

24 Days 14 Hours Ago

Merry Christmas to One and All...may the joy of Christmas enlighten our ways and fill our lives with love, peace and brotherhood...God bless🙏🙏 #thespicecircuit #merrychristmas #happychristmas #happyxmas #merryxmas #love #joy #brotherhood #peace #joytotheworld #stayblessed #godbless

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

29 Days 4 Hours Ago

The hens at our 'Home in a Village' apart from grains and sprouted wheat are fed on organic leaves including those of tapioca, papaya, turmeric, mint, colocasia, banana, elephant grass along with chopped onions. And the best part is that all the kitchen waste including egg shells, veg and fruit peels, left over food, etc. become a part of their daily diet. We rear country chickens and black hens (Kadaknath) for both eggs and meat. And @the_spice_circuit culinary group who will be at home during Feb 2019 will be treated with keralan delicacies, including; Coconut Omelette and Nadan Karinkozhi Curry (local curry with meat of black hens which is highly medicinal too). Tour Dates: 26th Jan to 4th Feb, 2019 #thespicecircuit #chefledtour #culinarytraveller #culinarytravel #gastranomictourism #foodtour #foodietraveller #traveller #travel #foodandtravel #spicejourneys #homeinavillage #kadaknath #countrychicken #chickendelicacy #eggdelicacies ##coconutomelette #nadankozhicurry #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #condenastindia #cnntravelindia #lonelyplanetmagazineindia #indiatourism #incredibleindia #responsibletourism #sustainableliving #sustainabletourism #ecotourism #villagetourism

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

29 Days 23 Hours Ago

Many have asked me why a cashew shell fueled fire pit and not gas or diesel, well for a sustainable project which supports poverty eradication, empowers women, encourages farming and would create opportunities to earn a living for many in our villages and elsewhere we thought of keeping it local and to put traditional fossil sources to productive use...hence cashew shell waste which has reduced emissions and creates less smoke and heat for an improved working environment. We will soon introduce the brand and its products to you on this page...a local village based project which will also be a highlight of your stay at our 'Home in a Village'. All those on @the_spice_circuit Kerala tour and those staying with us post second half of Jan 2019 will experience and indulge in a delightful local experience. P.S.:This also answers my post of yesterday...Dev and Laxman from Tamil Nadu took 10 hours to put together this fire pit made of bricks and clay from our paddy fields. And this can be fired using both cashew shells and fire wood. #thespicecircuit #homeinavillage #womenempowerment #villagetourism #povertyeradication #sustainabletourism #foraliving #ruralemployment #ruraljobs #responsibletourism #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #incredibleindia #indiatourism #foodtour #gastranomictourism #culinarytravel #foodtravelstories #chefledtour #travelandfood #travel #traveller #villagelife #villagelife🏡

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

2018-12-17 18:58:45

Ya...try and guess what we are upto at our 'Home in a Village'...not a contest though but there would be some surprising takeways for those who could get this right on dot. This would also be an interesting and unique experience for @the_spice_circuit travellers to Kerala. Tour Dates: 26th Jan to 4th Feb, 2019 #thespicecircuit #homeinavillage #culinaryadventures #foodtour #travelfoodie #foodie #traveller #travelforfood #foodandtravel #gastranomictourism #culinaryjournalist #foodjournalist #traveljournalist #spicejourneys #lonelyplanetmagazineindia #cnntravelindia #condenasttravel #bbctravel #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #incredibleindia #indiatourism #chefledtour #localcuisines

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

2018-12-17 00:37:39

Another delicious pre-meal...Kappa and Matthi Maluva Curry (Spiced & Tempered Tapioca with Sardines in Red Chilly Fish Sauce) at 'Home in a Village'. Get on @the_spice_circuit to enjoy many such local and popular preparations of South India and Sri Lanka. Kerala:26th Jan to 4th Feb, 2019 Sri Lanka: 16th to 24th Feb, 2019 #thespicecircuit #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #incredibleindia #indiatourism #srilanka #srilankatourism #localcuisine #foodietraveller #culinarytraveller #foodietour #traveltheworld #travelinfluencer #justravel #foodandtravel #chefledtours #spicejourneys #homeinavillage #tourtheworld

Wilson Rajan
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2018-12-15 18:20:57

Eco-friendly and light in weight, cane and bamboo products have their own style and elegance and a high life with minimum maintenance. Strips of bamboo and various types of canes are extensively used to manufacture different utility and decorative items. Mats, lamp shades, trays, baskets and even handbags and jewellery are weaved and knitted by the skilled hands of the artisans. Cane and bamboo can also be converted into strong and unique furniture, which have been very popular. @the_spice_circuit chef-led culinary tours you will get to witness, try your hands and support many such local crafts...pottery, coir weaving, rope making, weaving a coconut leaf, basket and mat making, etc. Kerala: 26th Jan to 4th Feb, 2019 Sri Lanka: 16th Feb to 24th Feb, 2019 #thespicecircuit #localcraft #ecocraft #localartisans #villagecraft #handicrafts #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #srilankatourism #srilankatravel #traveller #travel #sustainabletourism #ecofriendly #ecotourism #responsibletourism #incredibleindia #indiatourism #localtourism #villagetourism #traveloften #traveltofindyoursoul #justravel

Wilson Rajan
(@wilson.rajan)

2018-12-14 20:11:20

We generally assume that the first step to farming or agriculture is the sowing of seeds. But even before the seeds are sown for germination, we must ensure that the soil is ready for farming. Soil preparation usually entails the loosening up of the top layer of soil, the topsoil. Plants absorb water and nutrients from the soil through their roots, hence it is essential to prepare the soil, so we can have a healthy and bountiful produce. The soil is prepared by Ploughing, Levelling and Manuring....we at our 'Home in a Village' have done it so and are ready to sow the sapplings next week...Okra, Brinjal, Tomatoes, Long Beans, Bottle and Bitter Gourd, Red and Green Leafy Veg, Green Chillies, etc While @the_spice_circuit tour you may get to pluck a few of these Vegetables to prepare your meal. Tour Dates: 26th Jan to 4th Feb, 2019 #thespicecircuit #farming #agriculture #kitchengarden #veggarden #homegrownveggies #sustainabletourism #organicfarm #backyardkitchen #culinarytraveller #foodtours #gastranomictourism #travel #locallife #villagetourism #villagelife #farmer #keralatourism #keralatourism #indiatourism #incredibleindia #responsibletourism

Wilson Rajan
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2018-12-14 00:26:26

The heart of a 'No Wastage Plant' has a host of benefits, banana blossoms or flowers... - Wards off and treat infections, thanks to their ethanol based extracts. - Reduces free radical activity. - Reduces menstrual bleeding. - Manages diabetes and anemia. - Are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. - Boosts mood and reduces anxiety. - Helps nursing mothers. During @the_spice_circuit culinary tour of Kerala and your stay at our 'Home in a Village' you will get to relish the Cutlets and stir fry...Vazapoo Thoran of this largest herbaceous flowering plant. You will also get to indulge in many such local delicacies using seeds, leaves and roots grown in our backyard. Tour Dates: 26th Jan to 4th Feb, 2019 #thespicecircuit #bananablossom #bananaheart #bananaflower #bananaflowerrecipe #localfoods #homerecipes #localflavour #keralafood #foodandtravel #traveller #travel #travelforfood #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #incredibleindia #indiatourism #villagetourism #homeinavillage #culinarytraveller #gastranomictourism #foodtourism #foodtours #chefledtours #spicejourneys #travelforfood

Wilson Rajan
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2018-12-12 18:19:39

Yes...black, white, and green peppercorns are all the same seed of the same plant in various stages of development and processing. They come from the vine Piper nigrum, which is native to India. Black Pepper...mature but still green and not quite ripe, they are picked and sun dried. Enzymes in the berries cause the skin to turn black during the drying process. They are the strongest in flavor. White Pepper...these are the mature berries which ripen to a red color before being picked. After harvesting, they are soaked and rubbed free of the outer skin down to the smooth white underlayer, then sun dried. They are slightly milder than black pepper. Green Pepper...these are unripe peppercorns picked at the same stage of ripeness as black peppercorns, but not allowed to dry. They may be pickled in vinegar or brine. You may also find them freeze-dried and dehydrated (which is more flavorful). Their flavor and spiciness are less concentrated than black peppercorns. They are the least pungent. Red Pepper...this mature, but unhulled version of the peppercorn is often difficult to find...You'll not just find them at our 'Home in a Village' @the_spice_circuit culinary tour of Kerala but also get to use many a local organic (some straight from the garden) to cook your meal. Tour Dates: 26th Jan to 4th Feb, 2019 #thespicecircuit #peppercorns #pepper #localspices #straightfromthegarden #keralafood #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #incredibleindia #indiatourism #culinarytraveller #myculinaryjourney #foodietraveller #foodtours #gastranomictourism #spicejourneys #homeinavillage #foodandtravelwriters #foodandtravel #travelandfoodblogger #travelandfood #travel #traveller #lonelyplanetmagazineindia #condenastindia #cnntravelindia #gourmettraveler #travelforfood

Wilson Rajan
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2018-12-11 19:02:05

Meen (Fish) Matthi (Sardine) Pollichathu (Steamed on a banana leaf)...yes a delicacy so full of aromas, so delicious and so very healthy. Yet so simple to make...fresh sardines marinated with a grounded paste of ginger, garlic, shallots, fresh green peppercorns, red chilly and turmeric powder, tamarind extract and salt then steamed over a plantain leaf on a mud pan/pot. And here is how you can make it super special...add a little of freshly extracted coconut milk while its put on steam and when you uncap the pot you will feel the magic of what all the ingredients have weaved together. While at our 'Home in a Village' during @the_spice_circuit culinary tour of Kerala get to not just relish this delicacy but to master it too. #thespicecircuit #meenpollichathu #sardines #steamedfish #delicacy #fishdelicacy #fishpreparation #homeinavillage #keralacuisine #keralatourism #keralablogexpress #keralatravelgram #incredibleindia #indiatourism #cnntravelindia #condenasttraveler #lonelyplanetmagazineindia #travel #foodandtravel #foodblogger #foodwriter #mudpotcooking #localcooking #homestylefood #culinarytraveller #gastranomictourism #foodtour #foodietravels