Kerala is rich with its diversity in dishes. It has its own traditional banquet or sadya, a pure vegetarian meal served with boiled rice and a host of side-dishes served especially during special occasions and festivals. The traditional food is served in a traditional way on a banana leaf with a set of curries with Kerala rice (boiled rice) along with Sambar, Parippukari with ghee, Pachadi, Kichadi, Aviyal, Pulisseri, koottukari, Kalan, Olan, Injikkari, Rasam, Pappadam etc. It is a great nostalgia for every Malayali.
Nimi Sunilkumar, cookbook author and food blogger, is a name food aficionados are familiar with. She has done much to popularise Kerala’s traditional cuisine among foodies across the world through her blogs, books and website. Nimi’s cookbook ‘Lip-smacking Dishes of Kerala’ on authentic Kerala cuisine has been selected as the third ‘Best Local Cuisine Book in the World’ from 187 countries around the world at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2013 held in Beijing, China. It was a dream of hers to bring about Kerala cuisine receives such a big reward.
Now Nimi is busy with her journey to Germany. She is invited to participate in the famous ‘Frankfurt Book Fair’ 2015, which is to be held on October 12th and she has a plan to publish her third cookbook during the fair.
She used to write in college magazine when she was a student of Kerala Varma College, Thrissur for her pre-degree. She worked as a freelance writer for other magazines too. After pre degree, she did diploma in Electronics and Communication. Then she was married off to Sunilkumar and settled in Munnar. Sunilkumar’s family is very passionate to food and the first hotel in Munnar is run by his family.
In 2009 she started a blog. But couldn’t get much time to spend on blogs. So she started writing books on Kerala recipe. Her husband being an avid food lover has always been her prominent critic in her passion for cooking.
For Germans our ‘Palppayasam’ is Milchreis, a typical German recipe for Rice Pudding. Nimi wishes to bring from Germany, nothing but a combo recipe of German-Kerala dishes. She is very much confident that she can do wonders in it.
The Frankfurt Book Fair takes place from 14-18 October 2015. She is the only Malayali among Five Indians who are invited to this fair. In this fair there is a separate section called Gourmet Gallery, where food becomes the universal language. Nimi’s third book ‘Four O’ Clock Temptations Of Kerala’ is scheduled to publish in that fair. As the name denotes, it is the recipe of traditional evening snacks of Kerala like ‘Achappam’, ‘Kuzhalappam’, ‘Churuttu’, ‘Unnakkaya’, ‘Cheeppappam’ etc.
Her first cookbook was ‘Lip-Smacking Tastes of Kerala’. It is an awesome Cuisine with simple recipes. It is a compilation of some of Kerala’s most sought-after recipes with photographs and preparation notes. It has 60 recipes. The second edition of this book also includes the same number of recipes.
She started cookery classes on traditional Kerala cooking in Munnar in 2012 for tourists followed by the first publication of her cookbook. Now, she has many disciples in the U.S., Australia, and the U.K. She is also the dietitian and a cookery teacher in Tata Global Beverages Higher Secondary School. She has been conducting cooking classes for travelers at her residence in Munnar by prior appointment.
The Gourmand World Cookbook Award is considered the ‘Oscar of Gastronomy.’ She had got a congratulatory twitter message from the famous actor Sanjiv Kapoor prior to the award. According to her the award ceremony is a great opportunity to meet experts in the world of cookbooks, wine books, world-famous chefs, and journalists. She blogs at www.nimisrecipes.com, and also is a food stylist, photographer, culinary demonstrator, teacher, dietician, and freelance writer. She likes painting, reading, food photography etc also.
Nimi’s husband Sunilkumar is doing hotel business. The couple has two sons. Surjit and Shivasankar, both are studying in school.
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