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Famous Food Delicacies of Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu is a magnificent state that is located in the southernmost part of India. This region of the country is blessed with rich culture, tradition and flavoursome cuisines. So, if you visit Tamil Nadu, you should definitely try some of its local cuisines. There are countless mouthwatering traditional foods in Tamil Nadu that need to be explored by every food lover.

Here is the list of the most famous Tamil Nadu food for you that you must try at least once: -


Food is a very important part of Tamil Nadu culture, and Puliyodarai is the perfect dish that showcases the rich use of coconut, tamarind, and rice in traditional Tamil cuisine. It is one of the best traditional foods of Tamil Nadu that you must try on your next trip. This dish is a part of Tamil Nadu’s festivals and special occasions. Locals offer this dish to God as prasadam in the temple and then serve it to others. Puliyodarai has a very distinct, tangy flavour that is generally enjoyed with papadams.

Pollachi Crab Fry

Pollachi Nandu Fry is yet another one of Tamil Nadu’s special foods. It is a beloved dish among seafood lovers. Pollachi Nandu Fry is a crab fry that is prepared with a special mix of spices and herbs. These spices add complementary flavour to the naturally sweet taste of crab.

Paruppu Payasam

Paruppu Payasam is one of the most loved sweet dishes of Tamil Nadu. So, if you are craving something sweet during your stay here, you know what to eat. It is a traditional dessert that has rich ingredients such as moong daal, jaggery, coconut milk, and ghee. This dessert has high nutritional value and is not overly sweet. The perfect balance of taste makes it one of the most desired sweet dishes by food lovers. Paruppu Payasam is usually saved for afters in Tamil Nadu.

Banana Bonda

You are in for a surprise if you have ever tasted a bonda. Tamil Nadu sprinkles its magic on this classic dish as the stuffing in bonda, which is usually potato, is switched with banana. It is one of the most famous foods in Tamil Nadu. The usual spicy taste of bonda is replaced by a sweet-tasting dish. Locals eat this delicious food as a snack at tea time.



It is hard to make a list of the special foods of Tamil Nadu without mentioning dosa. Although it is a famous Tamil Nadu cuisine, this dish has travelled all across India. Every Indian state has its own version of dosa. So, if you are a dosa lover, try it in Tamil Nadu. This traditional food of Tamil Nadu is prepared with a batter that is comprised of urad dal and rice. You can find several types of dosa in Tamil Nadu, such as tomato dosa, onion dosa, rawa dosa, and plain dosa. Enjoy this savoury dish with chutney and sambhar. It is surely a divine combination.


Rasam is a part of almost every meal in Tamil Nadu. It is a savoury, tangy broth topped with local spices and curry leaves to enhance its flavours. Needless to say, rasam is one of the regular dishes that are part of Tamil cooking. This flavoursome dish has an authentic taste of South India. Often, rasam is confused with sambhar. However, both of these broths taste different. Rasam is usually paired with steaming rice and enjoyed hot. So, if you want to try the famous food of Tamil Nadu, do not miss rasam.

Mutton Kola Urundai

If you are a non-vegetarian, you should not miss Mutton Kola Urundai when you visit Tamil Nadu. It is hands-down one of the best foods that you will come across in Tamil Nadu. Mutton kola urundai is mutton keema balls that are flavoured with chettinad spices. This deep-fried appetizer has a perfect mix of spices that give it a balancing taste without overpowering each other. It is a mouth-watering appetizer that makes it to every party menu in South India.

Filter Kaapi (Filter Coffee)

Filter Kaapi Filter Coffee

Not a dish but a hot beverage that needs no introduction. It is unlike any other coffee you have ever had. A sip of this coffee instantly connects you to the South Indian flavour. You can tell when filter kaapi is brewing when you enter a café or local restaurant. To say the least, it smells divine. Filter kaapi is prepared with a unique coffee powder made of ground beans (instant coffee powder is not used in this coffee), milk, sweetener, and water. A coffee machine that resembles two cylindrical cups is used to brew the coffee. It is one of the most widely consumed hot beverages in South India.

So, if you have booked your Tamil Nadu tour package, make sure to have a cup of filter kaapi as soon as you reach this destination. It’s that good!

Lemon Rice

Craving for a hearty meal during your trip to Tamil Nadu? Try lemon rice. A staple in Tamil homes, lemon rice is a quick and tasty recipe that you can never go wrong with. With rice and lemon as its main ingredients, this dish also has onion, tomato, and curry leaves. Cooked rice is evenly mixed with all these ingredients to make perfect lemon rice. In the traditional recipe, some groundnuts are also used to add crunchiness to the dish. You can enjoy this dish with chutney or a vegetable salad.


Since we have mentioned filter kaapi, we must mention murukku, which goes very well with coffee. It’s a combination that is hard to beat. Loved by masses in snack time, murukku is a twisted spiral-shaped snack. It is made up of rice flour, urad dal, salt, chilli powder, and sesame seeds. It’s a snack that you can’t have enough of. It is also interesting to know that murukku means "twisted" in Tamil.

Kuzhi Paniyaram

Next on the list is Kuzhi Paniyaram, which is made of batter comprised of rice and black lentils. In Tamil Nadu, you will find many versions of this dish. Depending on the ingredients, it can be made sweet, salty, or savoury. It is made in a special pan with small fissures. It’s fascinating to know that the name of the dish varies in other states. However, the recipe remains the same.


You might have heard about the Pongal festival celebration in South India. But, have you heard about a pongal-named dish? Yes, pongal is a famous food in Tamil Nadu. This is a dish that has rice, milk, moong dal, and other local ingredients in it. You can find four different types of pongal in Tamil Nadu: Venn pongal, Puli pongal (made with tamarind), Sakkarai pongal (made with jaggery), and Melagu pongal (made with black pepper). Every variation of this dish has a distinct taste and is equally appetizing. It’s an authentic Tamil recipe that will pleasantly surprise your taste buds.

Tamil Nadu is a destination where you will come across a wide variety of dishes. It’s a melody of South Indian spices, textures, and flavours. Every dish has a unique taste that will transport you to food heaven. There are countless dishes that you can try during your stay in Tamil Nadu and be mesmerized by their authenticity and richness. You will come back to your native place with a special place for South Indian food in your heart.

January 08, 2023


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