Culture trail

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

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

Culture trail · Travel

The Chettinad food trail!

The joy of reading a book as part of the prep for the next shooting schedule- Chettinad. This book is an encyclopedia on Chettinad recipes/ cooking. Always a joy to wake up the next morning only to realize you fell asleep reading a book. Hopefully, I got some reading done. Chettinad – the arid region… Continue reading The Chettinad food trail!


Food for thought?

As part of my travel for food, I went to Chettinad – a town in South India – famous for its cuisine and grandeur homes/ palaces built by the  affluent Chettiar community. The homes were built by importing teak from Burma, tiles and marbles from Italy and crystals from Czechoslovakia. The arid region was home… Continue reading Food for thought?