Food is an integral part of the culture. When it comes to Tamil Nadu, Tamilians are known for their hospitality. In Tamil Nadu, traditionally food is served on a banana leaf. It starts with sweet, then rice with varieties of curries like rasam, sambhar, kaara kuzhambu and ends with curd. It is filled with several dishes and fried snacks like appalam, vadagam, vadai, etc. Finally, it ends with dessert payasam.
The Tamil cuisine is mainly covered by rice, lentils, coconuts, tamarind and curry leaves. The Karaikudi Chettinad cuisine is famous for use of fresh spices in veg and non-veg dishes.
Mouthwatering Tamil Dishes
Some famous dishes of Tamil Nadu are as follows:
- Ragi Murukku
Ragi is rich in protein, vitamins, calcium and fiber. Ragi Murukku is a very healthy snack.
- Uttappam (Uthappa)
Uttapam is a delicacy of Tamil Nadu cuisine and is quite similar to dosa. It made by combining Urad Dal with rice powder in a blender. It is then left to ferment for a few hours before being slowly fried in a skillet with very little oil. Uttapam is similar to a dosa. It is flat and crispy on the outside but soft and doughy in the middle, similar to an Idli.
Kozhukattai is a traditional Tamil Nadu refreshment composed of rice flour, with varied fillings for different persons. The substance is usually coconut and sugar, and the taste of this mixture, when formed into this shape and baked, is delectable.
Sundal is a South Indian dish/salad prepared with roasted grams or black chickpeas. It is then garnished with finely chopped green chilies, shredded coconut, and finely chopped green chilies. This brings out the true flavors. In temples, this dish is also served as a sacred offering. In Tamil Nadu, you can find a wide range of Sundal with various ingredients and flavors.
- Pachai Payaru Suzhiyam
Another sweet dish is made up of moong, sugar and a small amount of cardamom.
· Kuzhi Paniyaram
This snack made up of black grams can be eaten with chilies or sugar as spicy or sweet.
· Achu Murukku
It is one of the types of Murukku. Rice flour, coconut milk, sugar, oil and maida are the ingredients used to make Achu Murukku. Coconut and milk filly gives a unique taste to Achu Murukku.
It is one of the traditional snacks of Tamil Nadu. Kamarkat is ball-shaped. Kamarkat made up of coconut and jaggery syrup gives an awesome taste.
It is also a traditional snack. paagu vellum (jaggery), rice flour and cardamom are the ingredients of Athirasam. It is tasty as well as a healthy snack.
- Banana Bonda
It’s filled with bananas and then deep-fried. In contrast to the customary hot Bonda, this one is sweet due to the banana and is served as a tea snack.
· Keppai Koozh
It is one of the healthy breakfasts, especially during summer.
- Ragi Kali/Ragi Mudde/Millet Recipe
Ragi Mudde/kali is a tasty ball made with finger millet flour.
- Nungu sharbat
It is a super cooling summer drink in Tamil Nadu. Palm fruit mixed with nannari sarbath, is so refreshing.
Tamil Nadu has always been a target spot for foodies who want to sample some of the country’s finest traditional cuisine. A few of the famous dishes are listed in the article. Food is always correlated with the environment. And hence it helps us to stay healthy in that particular environment.