Spicy Indian Chettinad Cuisine Dishes


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Chettinad Cuisine is the cuisine of the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu. Food from this state is predominantly vegetarian due the majority of Tamil Brahmins. The Chettinad region comprises of 76 villages and 2 towns and is dominated by the Chettiar community. Cuisine of Chettinad is uses a variety of freshly ground spices including cumin, fenugreek, fennel, clove, bay leaf, turmeric and tamarind. The cuisine is well known for the complexity of flavours.

Famous Chettinad Dishes

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1.Paal Payasam

Paal Payasam is a South Indian dessert, a version of Kheer, made on various festivals and celebratory occasions like Onam. It is a kheer-like dessert made with milk, rice, nuts and cardamom. With a luscious creamy layer, garnished with nuts, you might just need no reason at all to make this other than a heart indulgence! The rich and creamy taste lingers on your taste buds for long.

2.Chettinad Masala

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A lovely mix of local spices, this Chettinad has all key flavours in place. Spruce up your curries with this fiery homemade Chettinad masala made with a myriad of spices and herbs.10-best-chettinad-recipes-2Chettinad cuisine from Tamil Nadu is one of spiciest cuisines in India.

3.Chicken Chettinad

A fiery curry, Chicken Chettinad is one of the most popular dishes from this region. The tanginess of tomatoes, the sweetness of the onions and cinnamon and the heat from red chillies, all of these together make this dish a treat for your senses.10-best-chettinad-recipes-3Bring some magic to your plate with this southern style chicken curry.

4.Mushroom Chettinad

Made with mushrooms, this recipe is boldly spiced. Tamarind, coconut, chillies and freshly ground spices make this dish stand apart.10-best-chettinad-recipes-4Mushroom Chettinad can be served with rotis or rice.

5.Chettinad Fish Fry

Fleshy surmai fillets are marinated and wrapped in an exquisite Chettinad masala paste and then pan fried. These succulent fish fillets are perfect as appetizers for a dinner party on a chilly winter night  with friends and family.10-best-chettinad-recipes-5Nothing better than a succulent fish fry for snacks!

6.Palkatti Chettinadu

Velvety cubes of cottage cheese are bathed in a gravy made with mustard seeds, urad daal, curry leaves, onions, tomatoes and a freshly Chettinad paste. 

7.Urlai Roast

Baby potatoes tossed in fragrant masalas. This quick and easy recipe is just what you need when you are short on time. Quick, easy and absolutely delicious to pair with some rice or appams. 

8.Cabbage Poriyal

Poriyal is the Tamil word for fried or sautéed vegetables. This recipe uses shredded cabbage along with mild spices and lots of grated coconut. Cabbage poriyal is an easy and quick recipe that you can cook for healthy, fuss-free meal. Coriander and coconut goves a refreshing touch to this southern special dish that you can also pack for tiffin.

9.Aatukkari Kuzhambu with Steamed Rice

Kuzhambu is a popular Tamil curry with a gravy base. Made with the goodness of tamarind, urad dal and toor dal, this version has lamb meat which yiu can also replace with chicken.

10.Nariyal and Soya Paneer Vada

Crisp croquettes made with coconut, soya and cottage cheese. A delicious vegetarian snack to prepare at home for  a party. Serve them with freshly made tomato chutney and curd rice.

These are some spicy Indian Chettinad dishes you must try.

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