Indian Food : South Indian - Tamil Nadu

Tamil NaduTamil Nadu provides the visitor with a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most food in Tamil Nadu consists of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste.

Breakfast or tiffin includes idly(steamed rice cakes), dosai (a pancake made from a batter of rice) and lentils crisp fried on a pan, vada(deep fried doughnuts made from a batter of lentils), pongal (a mish mash of rice and lentils boiled together and seasoned with ghee, cashew nuts, pepper and cummin seed), uppuma(cooked semolina seasoned in oil with mustard, pepper, cummin seed and dry lentils.)

There are several variations of the dishes mentioned above which are eaten with coconut chutney, sambar (seasoned lentil broth) and mulaga podi (a powdered mix of several dried lentils eaten with oil).

Lunch or meals consists of cooked rice served with an array of vegetable dishes, sambar, chutneys, rasam (a hot broth made with tamarind juice and pepper) and curd(yogurt). For a non-vegetarian lunch, curries or dishes cooked with mutton, chicken or fish is included. The meals is incomplete without crisp papads or appalam. Tamil Nadu, especially Chennai, is famous for its filter coffee as most Tamils have a subtle contempt for instant coffee.

Famous Food in Tamil Nadu:

  1. Idlis
  2. Dosas
  3. Vada
  4. Chettinad Chicken
  5. Curd Rice
  6. Sambhar
  7. Keerai Masial
  8. Jeera Kuzhambu
  9. Lemon Rice
  10. Paruppu Urandai Kozhambu
  11. Sweet Pongal
  12. Tamarind Rice
  13. Paruppu Usili
  14. Potato Koottu
  15. Pepper Rasam
  16. Rice Upma
  17. Sweet Pumpkin Curry
  18. Vatral Kuzhambu
  19. Vendaikkai Curry
  20. Ven Pongal