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And the Chettinad culture trail is a wrap!

I had a great time shooting in Chettinad, eating the most delectable food, researching and documenting recipes long lost and forgotten and talking about my love for food in front of the camera. I hope you guys enjoyed watching and reading about chettinad recipes, art and culture. For those who missed it, here are the… Continue reading And the Chettinad culture trail is a wrap!

Chettinad - Karaikudi · Tamilnadu

Chettinad Snacks & Soundram Aachi

The Chettiar men, as much as they loved their meats, also loved snacking! Finger food like murukkus (handmade crisps made with rice flour) seedai and ellu adai are famous in this region. Soundram aachi (a term of endearment used to address women in the Chettiar community) moved from her humble village knowing she could create a… Continue reading Chettinad Snacks & Soundram Aachi

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Myriad hues of the Chettinad cotton saree

Chettinad as you must have been following is not only famous for its food but also the art. The signature Chettinad cotton is fine piece of handwoven saree with intricate patterns. I got a chance to visit the handloom where these sarees are made and met this lady to understand how these sarees are woven.… Continue reading Myriad hues of the Chettinad cotton saree

Chettinad - Karaikudi · Recipes · Tamilnadu

Dosai Kuzhambu – Lentil crepes in a spicy tamarind gravy!

Ms. Murugappan aunty and I share our common love for food and talk in this beautiful courtyard in the AMM house. She also teaches me how to make ‘Dosai Kuzhambu’. Before you think this is a kuzhambu that accompanies the dosai, let me tell you – the answer is NO. Crepes (dosais) made with chickpeas… Continue reading Dosai Kuzhambu – Lentil crepes in a spicy tamarind gravy!

Chettinad - Karaikudi · Recipes · Tamilnadu

Pacha Molaga Mandi – Green chillies in tamarind gravy

The Bangala  as it is known today, was a club for the Chettiar men for recreation many many years ago. Today,  the women in the MSMM family have converted this property into a boutique hotel that screams Chettiar tradition and culture. The food is to die for and the menu is put together by Karuppaiah. I… Continue reading Pacha Molaga Mandi – Green chillies in tamarind gravy

Chettinad - Karaikudi · Recipes · Tamilnadu

Black Rice or Kavuni Arisi Sweet – A Chettinad delicacy

Mrs. Murugappan’s traditional sweet from the Chettiar community using this super fibrous, glutinous rice that is supposed to have been brought back by the Chettiar men from South East Asia. Has a video link too.

Culture trail · Travel

Attangudi Tiles – A Chettinad heritage

Attangudi – a small town in Chettinad, famous for its red soil is also the birth place of the famous Attangudi tiles. A chettiar home is incomplete without these tiles. Made with such intricate work and bright colours, these tiles take several labour hours to make. Had the chance to learn how to make these athangudi… Continue reading Attangudi Tiles – A Chettinad heritage