Original South Indian Recipe
The most aromatic cuisine in India
Of all the unique aspects of Chettinad, the most famous ambassador of this region has been its cuisine. Almost no restaurant in India serving non vegetarian food would miss out on having Chicken Chettinad on its menu, and Chettinad cuisine is synonymous with spicy fare even to the Indian palate.
Chettinad is a region comprising of nearly 75 villages in sivagangai and pudukottai districts of Tamilnadu State, India. Chettinad cuisine is supposed to be the most aromatic cuisine as it uses varieties of spices in making the fresh ground masala for its dishes.
The Biriyani Connection
Influenced by the region, culture and travel
The much travelled Chettiars also brought back many influences (Biriyani Recipe) from abroad and their cuisine was also used while entertaining the British guests during the time of the Raj. Chettiars are legendary for their hospitality and the size of their kitchens and their lavish banquet halls are testimony to the feasts served there. The kitchen was a community affair and a matter of pride for the women in the family and being a joint family system, every meal was a large and elaborate affair. No self-respecting Chettiar would eat outside, and would carry their food when they couldn’t be at home for lunch or dinner. Even the kitchen utensils and instruments are collectibles today, valued for their design, large size and vintage make.
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