Tamilnadu is the home of spicy ‘Madras’ dishes, popular South Indian delicacies like ‘Dosa’ (pancake made of lentils) and ‘Idli’ (steamed rice cake).
The cuisine of Tamils is full of rich flavours – cooked with locally grown spices, curry leaves, coriander seeds, hing, etc.
Rice and dals (lentils) are staple foods of Tamil people. The famous ‘Sambhar’ (a tasty recipe made of lentils and vegetables cooked in tangy tamarind with aromatic spices) and ‘Rasam’ (an appetising soup like dish made of exotic spices) also hail from Tamilnadu.
Even the name curry is said to be derived from Tamil word ‘kaari’ – meaning cooking of vegetables or meat in rich gravy of spices to serve with rice. Now we know that our ‘curry’ roots are from Tamilnadu!
Traditionally the food in Tamilnadu is served in a banana leaf and eaten with hand. Tamil cuisine is now popular across India, particularly enjoyed in metros with family and friends.
Here in the UK, you too can cook at home some of these delicious Tamil recipes. Let’s try!