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Tamilnadu Recipes

(Tamil Nadu Recipes, சுவையான தமிழ்நாடு சமையல், Tamil Nadu Samiyal)

Food is an important part of tamil culture. Tamilians are known for their hospitality and are very particular about feeding everyone that comes home with a smile. Even a stranger who comes home is offered at least a cup of water. For occasions, people make sure that their guest go home with a stuffed stomach. It is very common to lovingly force the guests to have some extra servings of each course. Traditionally, food used to be served on the floor on a banana leaf. Even now, during special occasions people prefer eating their food in the traditional style. It often starts with a sweet, followed by rice served with curries like sambhar, rasam, kaara kuzhambu, etc and finishing with curd. It is accompanied by varieties of side dishes and fried snacks like appalam, vadagam, vadai etc. Finally it is common to serve a dessert which is mostly payasam. Tiffin menu includes many dishes made with rice and lentils. Apart from this, there are many specific snacks and sweets made during festivals.

Tamil cuisine is dominated by rice, lentils, tamarind, coconut and curry leaves.  There are many dishes that are native to the state like the idli, dosa, sambhar, upma, filter coffee and many more dishes. Along with these common dishes, there are many region specific dishes. The Karaikudi Chettinad cuisine is known for its use of fresh spices in both veg and non veg dishes. The Nanjilnadu (Kanyakumari and surrounding areas) dishes have an interesting blend of tamil dishes with kerala style since nanjilnadu was part of kerala few decades ago. Madurai people are known for their mutton preparations. They have very unique ways of preparing each part of the mutton including the brain, blood, meat, leg, liver and intestine. The Kongunadu cuisine (Coimbatore and surroundings) are famous for their preparation using many millets. They have some age old recipes which are gaining popularity these days sue to its health benefits.

Here is a huge list of 200+ classic tamilian recipes that have been passed on from our ancestors. Try them and enjoy!!

The recipes from Tamilnadu are classified into 7 major categories. Press the links below to go directly to the specific category or scroll down to see the recipes.

  1. Breakfast & Tiffin Recipes
  2. Rice Varieties
  3. Curries and Side-Dishes
  4. Condiments (Pickles, Chutneys, Podis)
  5. Snack Recipes
  6. Desserts and Sweets
  7. Beverages 

Tamil Nadu Breakfast & Tiffin Recipes

Dosai Ven Pongal Idli Onion Uthappam
Kuzhipaniyaram Masala Dosa Rava Coconut Upma Kotthu Parotta
Idiyappam Puli Pongal Parotta Aapam
Kanchipuram Idli Kambu Koozh Kambu Choru Ragi Adai Ragi Adai
Ragi Idiyappam Ragi Idiyappam Ragi Sevai Ragi Sevai Aval Upma Aval Upma (Poha Upma) Ragi Kuzhi Paniyaram
Oats Kozhukattai Ragi Idli & Dosa Kaara Kozhukattai Upma Kozhukattai
Kothamalli Sevai Vella Kozhakkattai Ammini Kozhukattai Ammini Kozhukattai Spicy
Kambu Dosai Aval Dosa Sambhar Idli Adai Dosai
Oats Idli/ Dosa

Tamil Nadu Rice Varieties

White Rice White Rice (Sadam) Thayir Sadam Takkali Sadam Elumichai Sadam
Kothamalli Pudina Sadam Karuvepillai Sadam Coconut Rice Thengai Sadam Drumstick Leaves Porridge Murungai Keerai Khanji
Manga Sadam Sambhar (Kadamba) Sadam Nellikai Sadam Carrot Rice
Khuska Biryani Ellu Sadam Vegetable Biryani Kaadai Biryani
Mushroom Soya Biryani Mushroom Soya Biryani Kondai Kadalai Biryani Chicken Biryani Shrimp (or Prawns) Biryani

Tamil Nadu Curries and Side-Dishes

Sambar Arachu Vitta Sambar Arachu Vitta Sambar Vada Curry Paruppu Urundai Kulambu
Vendakkai Pulikulambu Rasam Mor Curry Beans Paruppu Usili
Vazhaipoo Usili Sorakkai Kurma (Bottle Gourd Korma) Mixed Vegetable Poriyal Mixed Vegetable Poriyal Manathakkali Vathal Kulambu Manathakkali Vathal Kulambu
Vazhakkai Poriyal Vazhakkai Poriyal Kathrikai Fry Neem Flower Rasam (Veepam Poo Rasam) Veppam Poo Rasam Keerai Masiyal Keerai Masiyal
Keerai Masiyal with Paruppu Keerai Masiyal with Paruppu Omelette Kothavarangai Varuval Kothavarangai Varuval Beetroot Poriyal
Neem Flower Rasam (Veepam Poo Rasam) Veepam Poo Rasam Eral Thokku Chettinad Vellai Kurma Nandu Varuval (Crab Fry)
Poondu Vengaya Kulambu Kozhi Rasam Egg Masala Ennai Kathrikai
Aviyal Vazhaipoo Usili Beetroot Paruppu Usili Beetroot Paruppu Usili Podalangai Kootu
Chettinad Mushroom Masala Urilai Kilangu Masala Cabbage Poriyal Turnip Poriyal
Mullangi Poriyal Brussels Sprouts Poriyal Carrot Poriyal Kadalai Kuzhambu
Mixed Vegetable Kurma Tkakkali Kurma Pattani Kurma Cauliflower Kurma
Mutton Kuzhambu Karuvaatu Kulambu Meen Kuzhambu Kathrikai Poricha Kulambu
Kollu Kuzhambu
Vaazha Poo Sambar
Vaazha Thandu Sambhar Avicha Muttai
Nettili Varuval Meen Varuval Kozhi Milagu Kuzhambu Chicken Fry
Ennai Kathirikkai Capsicum Gojju Aviyal Aviyal (No Coconut)

Tamil Nadu Condiments (Pickles, Chutneys, Podis)

Idli Podi Curry Leaf Powder Veppan Poo Podi Kothamalli Podi
Orange Peel Pachadi Pavakkai Urugai Mangai Thokku Dosa Molakai Podi
Nellikai Urugai Vadu Mangai Urugai Thakkali Urugai Poondu Urugai
Pachai Poondu Chutney Carrot Chutney Pulicha Keerai Chutney Nellikai Chutney
Vaazha Thandu Chutney
Peerkangai Tol Thuvayal
Kollu Thuvayal Kaara Chutney
Thengai Chutney Thenga Chammanthi Thengai Thogayal Roasted Garlic Chutney Poondu Chutney Ver Kadalai Chutney
Thengai Paal Chutney Takkali Chutney Beetroot Chutney

Tamil Nadu Snack Recipes

Sundal Medhu Vadai Cauliflower Pakoda Cauliflower Pakoda
Vazhaipoo Vadai
Navadhanya Sundal
Masala Vadai Thayir Idli
Thayir Vadai Nila Kadalai Sundal Nombu Adai Savory Uppu Cheedai
Ribbon Pakoda Thattai Nendrapazham Chips Mundiri Pakoda
Mixture Kaara Boondi Oma Podi Mullu Murukku
Masala Biscuit

Tamil Nadu Desserts and Sweets

Coconut Burfi
Nei Payasam
Boli Vatalla appam
Sweet Vermicelli Sweet Vermicelli (Semiya Kesari) Akkaravadisal Akkaravadisal Nombu Adai Sweet Kesari (Sooji Halwa
Mango Kesari
Boondi Laddu

Aval Puttu

Mysore Pak
Beetroot Halwa Pal Paniyaram Sakkarai Pongal Banana Bonda
Sukhiyan Nenthrapazha Payasam Parppu Payasam Mampazha Payasam
Rose Cookies (Acchu Murukku) Vellarikkai Payasam Pal Khova Vella Cheedai

Maa Ladoo
Kadalai Muttai Vella Kozhakkattai
Ellu Kozhukattai
Rava Ladoo

Tamil Nadu Beverages

Chukku Kaapi Turmeric Pepper Milk Manjal Milagu Paal Ginger Tea (Inji Chaaya) Masala Buttermilk Masala Mor
Kashayam Kashayam for Cold Rice Water Sadam vadicha kanji Palm Fruit Milkshake Nongu Milkshake Elaneer Smoothie
Nellikai Sharbat Vellarikkai Juice Elaneer Milk Shake
Beetroot Milkshake
Mango Milkshake

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santhia waty   (November 9, 2015)
please give more , sweets recipes,,thx before
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sasidaran   (April 4, 2015)
how to do chappati without sticking in chapati katai
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (April 10, 2015)
If the dough is made perfectly, it won't stick. Make the dough soft enough but at the same time, check that it does not stick to your fingers. Use some dry flour also to prevent sticking.
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jackjaim   (June 10, 2013)
all ready 20years same manu pilzice change
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 12, 2013)
These are some of the traditional tamil nadu recipes. Please go through the website. There are hundreds of new recipes to try from.
christina jarrett   (February 1, 2013)
good website,i have seen lot of different menus hope to try in future

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