Come summer and childhood memories of households bustling with aunts, uncles and cousins flood back. Those were the days when summer vacation was the time for family reunion.
A part of the riotous vacation was devoted entirely to the preparation of sun-dried foods. Who would have thought that solar power could be put to such use!
A mind-boggling variety was churned out by grandmas and aunts, with the uncles and cousins chipping in cheerfully to help.
Tasty crispies called karuvadams or vadis, hot sun-dried chillies marinated in yoghurt, tomato chutneys to parcel away to relatives staying in distant countries, 'vattals' to last you through the year - these and many more goodies were prepared and stored in air-tight containers to be used throughout the year.