States Tamil Nadu Cuisine

Cuisine in Tamilnadu

Tamil Nadu has always been a hub for food connoisseurs to take a great pleasure of some of the finest traditional cuisine in the country. The state is reckoned to be one of the best places in India for offering a bagful of culinary treasure for tourists to savour. But, the fascinating things about Tamil Nadu is the touch of their customary culture which is served with its every delectable fare. Idli, Sambar, Dosa, Uttapam, and Vada are just a few names whenever it comes to popular South Indian food. Whereas, there are some other equally popular traditional foods of Tamil Nadu that are not much in outside world except the region but are sure to delight your taste buds. The region is known to offer a wide variety of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes with each holding a unique flavoursome taste. These includes payasam, biryani, chicken chettinad, rasam, mutton curry coconut chutney, parotta, curd rice, upma, lemon rice and much more. A special mention to the lip-smacking seafood of the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu which can give you gastronomic holidays with indelible taste to cherish for a long. And if you're spending your vacation in the central and hilly areas, the authentic fare awaits to fill your mouth with a distinctive taste.

Besides all that, the whole southern region including Tamil Nadu is also recognized for its varied range of spices which are also exported in different nations. Chillies, Tamarind, Cardamom, Coriander, Pepper, Curry Leaves, Cloves, and Mint are some important spices that are produced in the state of Tamil Nadu. These spices are the special secret behind the incredible aroma and scrumptious taste of local dishes of the state. However, some fixed ingredients used in almost every delicacy include coconut oil, curry leaves, and drumsticks. Along with the main course, the snacks and side dishes in Tamilnadu too proffer an astringent taste. Murukku, Banana Chips, Bonda, Appalam, and Green Gram Sprouts (Moong) are some snacks and side dishes which also should be added to your list of must-try food in Tamilnadu. Not to forget, the state also bids an extensive range of tea, coffee, banana and coconut, which together with other fares, makes Tamilnadu one of the best food getaways in India. Whereas, the food habit remains almost the same in all season as the weather of the state does not fluctuate much. The popular cuisine of Tamil Nadu perfectly connects with its people and is incredibly dipped with the right amount and quantity of spices along with all other ingredients.

Popular Local Dishes of Tamil Nadu

  • Idli

    The most famous dish in Tamilnadu, as well as the whole southern region is Idli. Prepared with a grind mixture of soaked rice and white lentil, Idli is best to eat in the breakfast time.

  • Sambar

    Best to enjoy with almost every main course, Sambar is a kind of South Indian dal (pulse). Yet, the difference is the concocting of various vegetables and spices and the sour taste.

  • Chicken Chettinad

    For all non-veg lovers, one of the ideal dishes in Tamilnadu is Chicken Chettinad. Dipped in the authentic flavours of roasted spices, this dish brings a new taste to your palate.

  • Dosa

    Dosa is famous preparation in Tamil Nadu. The dish is cooked mildly like an omelette where the mixture is spread over a pan and is served with Sambar and Coconut Chutney.

  • Vada

    Another complement of Sambhar, Vada is a savoury doughnut-like snack that traces its history in Tamil Nadu and is a prominent breakfast delicacy in the state.

  • Uttapam

    This delectable dish is very much similar to dosa but what makes it different is the topping of tomatoes, onions, capsicum, and other veggies. Uttapam tastes heavenly good with either spicy tomato or coconut chutney.

  • Banana Bonda

    Stuffed with banana and deep fried in oil, Bonda is savoury preparation in the state of Tamil Nadu, best to eat at snack time with tea.

  • Rasam

    One of the most common main courses in Tamilnadu, Rasam is a spicy soupy dish prepared with tomatoes, cumin seeds, and pepper. It is also an appetizing dish for a sore throat.

  • Payasam

    A piquant desert, Payasam is a popular second course in Tamilnadu. This dish is prepared by roasting moong dal and cooking it in a pressure cooker along with adding jaggery syrup and dry fruits.

  • Prawns Kuzhambu

    A perfect epitome of South Indian cuisine is Prawns Kuzhambu, serving as a gastronomic delight in Tamilnadu. The prawns are marinated in masala which gives it a strong tangy taste.

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