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Easy Recipes of Tamil Nadu

Updated on November 15, 2014

Foods of Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is the land of the Tamils and it has a history that dates back to few thousand years. In the food & cooking area, 'Recipes of Tamil Nadu' are familiar throughout the world.

This region has a rich cuisine involving both conventional vegetarian, as well as non-vegetarian dishes. It is distinguished by the use of rice, legumes and lentils.

A normal tamilian would like to eat Idly, Vadai, Pongal, Dosai,uthappam etc. for breakfast and rice supplemented by lentil preparations Sambar, Rasam and curd.

In olden times, Tamil Nadu cuisine has peregrinated to many parts of the world. Along with Chinese, it has predisposed these international cuisines to what they are today, particularly one can visually perceive the influence of Tamil cuisine in Malaysian cuisines like parotta kurma (Roti Telur/Canai) and various curried items.

Indian cooking in Guyana, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Mauritius, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago is also influenced by Tamil cuisine, which was brought by Indians in the late 19th century.

Tamil Foods, Idli Vadai, Meals, Dosai
Tamil Foods, Idli Vadai, Meals, Dosai

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Rice is the main food of Tamil Nadu, where lunch and dinner is served with rice accompanied with a variety of Curries (Poriyals), Stews (Avial, Kootu, Kozhambu), Sambar, Rasam and Curd (Thayir).

Lentils are also consumed considerably, either accompanying rice items, or in the form of independent dishes. Tamil Nadu - Has an eminent place in the cooking map of India having a wide range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies to offer. Coconut or gingelly oil is by and large used as a medium of cooking,

Light meals also called Tiffins is very prevalent and a part of the Tamil nadu Cuisine which is conventionally served for breakfast or as an evening snack. Tiffins are served steaming hot like Idli, Dosas. Upma. Vada, Uttappam and Pongal accompanied with Sambar, Coconut chutney and Milagai podi (Chilli Powder).

These are mouth watering dishes and light to eat. The tiffin is go along with a steaming hot filter Coffee, which is an authentic signature beverage of the Tamil Cuisine.

Chettinad Mutton Curry Recipe

Chettinad cuisine is widely popular and known for its spice extravagance in any curry and Chettinad Mutton Curry is just an additional recipe from this cuisine. Here you can learn how to prepare Chettinad Mutton Curry by go after this easy recipe.

Chettinad Mutton Curry
Chettinad Mutton Curry


For Grinding:-

10 Shallots(Sambar Onion)

1tsp Fennel seeds

2 inch Ginger

1tsp Cumin seeds

8-10 pods Garlic

1tsp Pepper corns

2 pieces Cinnamon (small)

2tsp Chili powder

5nos Cloves

2tsp Coriander powder

1/2tsp Turmeric powder


Grind all the above ingredients into a coarse paste and keep it aside.

For Cooking:-

1kg Mutton cut into medium pieces

1 spring Curry leaves

3 Big Onion finely chopped

Salt - to taste

3 Tomato sliced

Oil - as needed

1/2 tsp Mustard seeds



Marinate the mutton pieces in the ground paste and salt for 1 hour. Heat little oil in a fry pan, add the marinated mutton pieces and cook until the mutton becomes tender.

Heat oil in another pan and add mustard seeds to splutter. Add in curry leaves and sliced onions and fry until onion turns golden brown. Add tomatoes, salt and cook until they become a paste. And add the cooked mutton pieces and fry it till the oil separates.

Chettinad Mutton Curry Recipe Video (Another version):

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Lemon Rice Recipe

Lemon Rice
Lemon Rice


2 cups of rice

1 tbl spn of grated fresh coconut

3 tblspns of oil/ghee

1/2 tspn of turmeric powder

A pinch of asafoetida

1/2 cup of peanuts

3 dried red chillies

1/2 tspn of mustard seeds

1 tblspn of split black gram

10 nos curry leaves

1 tblspn of split gram

4 tbl spns of lemon juice

1/2 tspn of fenugreek seeds

Salt to taste


  1. Wash and soak the rice for about twenty minutes. Drain the water and then boil in plenty of boiling salted water until almost cooked. Drain the excess water and keep aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a shallow pan. Add a pinch of asafoetida. Add dried red chillies broken into pieces, black gram dal, splited black gram dal and fenugreek seeds. Cook until lentils change color in to light brown.
  3. Add peanuts and mustard seeds. Let mustard seeds crackle, after that add curry leaves. Mix turmeric powder in this. Stir fry for one minute. Add cooked rice, salt and lemon juice stir well. Your Lemon Rice is ready to serve.

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Tamarind Rice Recipe Vid

Semiya (Vermicelli) Upma Recipe

Semiya Upma
Semiya Upma


vermicelli (Semiya) : 250 gm

Curry leaves : 8-10

Onion Big size : 1

Oil : 2 tabl spn

Green chilli : 3

Cashews : 10

Ginger : 1 inch piece

Mustard : 1/2 tsp

Black gram dal : 2 spoon

Asafoetida : a pinch

Lime Juice: 1tabl spoon

Salt : as needed


  1. Slice onion in to long thin pieces, cut green chilli and ginger into pieces.
  2. Heat the 1 tble spn oil in a frying pan.
  3. Add black gram lentil (dal), mustard, asafoetida and fry till red.
  4. Add green chilli, sliced onion, ginger and fry.
  5. Add cashew and fry, add vermicelli in this mixer and fry till vermicelli is golden color.
  6. Add 500 ml water, salt to taste, curry leaves, cook and stir well.
  7. When vermicelli is cooked and water is fully absorbed, add 1 tabl spn oil and stir well. Add lime juice, stir well. Your Semiya Upma is ready.

Semiya (Vermicelli) Upma Recipe - Vid

More Tamil Recipes -Vids

Murungaikai Sambar

Chettinad Chicken Recipe

Chicken Biriyani Recipe

Mutton Curry Recipe

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      Vidit Sethi 

      3 years ago

      Are you really foody than don't worry, you will be getting the best and fresh food from us and the best tiffin service in panipat

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Yum! These recipes look wonderful! Must try the lemon rice first.

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      qikey1 lm 

      5 years ago

      I will definitely try some of these recipes. I have been trying to make Sambar..but I am am not quite happy with my results yet so I will check out the vid for pointers!

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      5 years ago

      More excellent recipes, thank you!

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      5 years ago

      The recipes are wonderful. I've bookmarked this page to come again to try these recipes. Thanks so much for this great sharing of yours...:)

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      5 years ago

      I am always looking for new recipes. These are new to me. I frequent certain Indian websites and find many recipes I can make. Manjula's Kitchen is one of them. I like learning about other cultures. You give some very interesting information. This is a great lens. Thank you.

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      5 years ago

      I really like the mutton curry it looks delicious.

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      sukkran trichy 

      6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      @cmadden: thanks for the like

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      6 years ago

      They all look so yummy!

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      6 years ago

      Tamil recipes look so good! I am getting hungry, it's time to eat my lunch.

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      6 years ago

      Never heard of that before... but looks good

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      6 years ago

      These recipes look delicious, I must try them out. Thanks for sharing.

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      rattie lm 

      6 years ago

      I am sooo hungry Sukkran. Love to try some of these.

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      Donnette Davis 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Can almost taste it! Madras curry is my absolute favorite but always keen for something different

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      Pat Goltz 

      6 years ago

      You're making me HUNGRY! :)

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      6 years ago

      The lemon rice and curry look delicious. I've always wanted to try curry. Now that I have an authentic recipe, I just may give it a try. Great lens!

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      6 years ago

      These all look good. I would like to try some of this dishes.

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      6 years ago

      Love the yummy looking recipes.

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      6 years ago

      This food looks delicious. I would love to try the mutton curry. Food is a perfect introduction to a culture which is why I started here with this lens. Looking forward to reading more of your lenses.

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      6 years ago

      Looks like good food! I would love to try some!:-)

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      6 years ago

      I have stayed in tn for quite some time so i know there food is awasome

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      6 years ago

      Everything looks so good! I would love to try the Mutton Curry.

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      6 years ago

      Sounds delicious!

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your culture sooooo beautifully. I'm now going to disappoint my mouth and have a cheese sandwich for lunch. Home baked bread and a good cheddar which I usually like veery much, but now -- ???.

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      6 years ago

      Your recipes are awesome, I guess I will have to start trying to find the ingredients no later than November for Christmas. There ares so many ingredients that I have never heard of .

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      Wedding Mom 

      6 years ago

      This lens is making me hungry. I would love to try all these delicious recipes.

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      6 years ago

      They look delicious even in pictures.

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      6 years ago

      The eyes are a big part of our appetite and your presentation is very appetizing. I have not tried Indian food and it sounds like a taste sensation that I would enjoy very much, very nicely done!

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      6 years ago

      They all look so delicious. I would like to try that lemon rice.

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      Brian Stephens 

      6 years ago from France

      I have been trying my hand at making a few Indian curries from scratch. They are not coming out too bad, even though I say it myself. But I still don't think they quite have the authentic Indian curry taste. So I will be studying carefully to see what I am missing. Nice lens

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      6 years ago

      The foods here look so vibrant, they must taste good too. New recipes to try.

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      7 years ago

      Everything looks very delicious... Mouth is watering and I think I must get myself something to eat lol... Great lens, beautiful colours and very attractive to the eye. Makes me want to read it twice :)~BLESSED~

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      orange3 lm 

      7 years ago

      The lemon rice looks great! Thanks for the recipe.

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      Jackie Block 

      7 years ago from SE Michigan

      My mouth is watering. These look delicious. Great job! Can't wait to give these a try!

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      7 years ago

      No fair, you should give out free samples.


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