Delicacy from Trichy – Aadi Kummayam

The Chettinad communities from Tamil Nadu are great connoisseurs of food and their festivals as well as weddings are celebrations of gastronomical delights. A visit to this town of awesome heritage mansions gives you an insight into the traditional ways of cooking still being practiced among the Chettiars. Aadi Kummayam is a healthy and lip-smacking… Read more »

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Fenugreek in Chettinad Cuisine

Fenugreek leaves and seeds form an integral part of Chettinad cuisine and its cultivated in the semi-arid regions of many countries that use it in their cuisines including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Turkey, Morocco and Egypt. Charred fenugreek seeds were found in Iraq, dating back to 4000 BC, a testimony to their use since… Read more »

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Chettinad Thayir-Sadam (Curd Rice)

Chettinad cuisine is perhaps the most renowned fare of Tamil Nadu state of southern India. The people of Chettinad call themselves the Nattukotai Chettiars and are famous for their loaded dining tables. The Chettiars were basically vegetarians, but they have absorbed the non-veg culture from their travels across the Malabar Coast where the resident Christians… Read more »

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The Unforgettable Chettinadu Chicken curry

The incredibly spicy and aromatic Chettinad cuisine was made famous by the Nattukotai Chettiars, who hail from the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu of southern India. This community specializes in trading, merchandizing and banking and apparently their hearts are as big as their pockets too as these Chettiars make excellent hosts and are always ready… Read more »

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The Trades of Chettinad

Back in the day, the Chettiars were primarily traders of salt, silk and precious stones transported by sea to the South East Asian countries. They later became prominent in banking and money lending. With the growth of British colonial rule in south East Asia, many Chettiars emigrated from India to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Burma… Read more »

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The Chettinad Cuisine – A Glimpse

A major attraction to the historic land of Chettinad is its distinctive cuisine. Popular for the complexity of flavors and aroma, the Chettinad cuisine has a culinary tradition unlike any other. The interesting history of the Chettiar community is reflected in its unique cuisine. Having originated from the coastal region, Chettiars used seafood to create… Read more »

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A quick look in to Chettinad

A nexus of 73 villages and 2 towns spread over 1,550 km2 in the districts of Sivagangai and Pudukottai comprises the land of Chettinad, with its capital in Karaikudi. Claiming to have originated from the ancient kingdom of Chola that existed between the 10th to 12th centuries, the Chettiars, or Nagarathars were primarily Seafarers, well… Read more »

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Explore the Kandaangi sarees of Chettinad

The Kandaangi saree or the Chettinad saree is renowned for its extensive use of colours, contrasting tints, stripes and bold check patterns. These sarees have long proved to be a prized possession of every south Indian woman. The charm of the Kandaangi saree is its ethnic look and versatility, making it a favourite for any… Read more »

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Discover the soul of Tamil Nadu

It would be very safe to say that the very soul of a place can be discovered only by experiencing it hands on. There are of course, innumerable ways to experience this, depending from person to person, for it could be just taking a local bus ride, visiting a traditional home or by taking part… Read more »

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Top 3 dishes you can have only when in Chettinad!

The Chettinad cuisine is world renowned for its unique tastes and blends and there are indeed many dishes that you could have, only while you are in Chettinad! Here are some described, so that you’d know what to look out for when you are in the region next time. Kavuni Arusi Back in the day,… Read more »

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