Friday, August 3, 2007

Chettinad Food





Chettinad is famous for its rich cultural heritage,art and architecture,huge mansions etc etc.But more recently it is becoming well known world over for its mouth watering culinary delicacies.Chettinad restaurants are being opened in almost all big cities and towns world over Chettinad food is famous for its spicy aroma.Most of the food items are easily digestible,less in caloric value compared to other south indian food items since items like cheese butter and cashews rarely find its way in chettinad recipe.Cocunut which is feared by all for its high cholesterol content is also used in very small quantities.



My favourite hobby is to browse the net for good new recipes.I am a fan of many food bloggers like Aayi's recipes,ruchi,mysamayalulagam and it goes on and on.Myself a chettiar lady known to be a good cook among the people who have tasted my food was always having an idea of sharing my recipe with others.The need for writing down recipes was more felt immediately after my daughter got married and left to US.She was totally new to kitchen,rarely had a glimpse of kitchen as she was always in the hostel busy with her studies and projects.I had to help her out with the recipe of each and everything she cooks.After six months my recipes has made her a good cook.This sowed the seed of the idea of blogging in my mind. So came solaiachis kitchen.Why cant my recipes help many more young girls and boys who have to cook their own food and are away from their homes for so many reasons.I will begin with simple ones like idly and the side dishes for it

29 comments:

uma said...

Hats off to you achi.. am sure your blog will help many ppl who are new to kitchen as me..

solai said...

Thanks Uma.It is very encouraging to see that my blog is helpful to the new ones to kitchen

Jenilah said...

Achi, Heard your site from uma. Found it very useful.. Tried few of them. They turned out well.. am expecting chettinadu kulamboo items from you. Please contribute them when you get a chance..

solai said...

Thanks Jenilah.Very soon I will write about the chettinad Kulambu Items.

uma said...

Achi, I have tasted corriander leaves thokku in one of our wedding function. It looks like a pickle. But it tasted really good. If you find time and if you know the recipe plz share with us :-)

SubhaMuru said...

Hi solai achi,
Ur blog is nice and excellent. I am also new to kitchen and learning chettinad receipes..
I found ur blog from arusuvai achi. Post more chettinad receipes.. I am eagerly waiting.

Can u post Mandi(vendaikai and mochai) receipe? Also I ate one receipe in marriages for breakfast with thatta payiru and all vathals like Mavathal.. I think its also called mandai. It looks like gravy and tastes good for Idly.

Again Thanks for ur Wonderful chettinad blog.

Sumitha said...

First time here.Thank you dear Solai for your blog.Now I know where to come for suthentic Chettinad recipes.

solai said...

Thank you subha and sumitha

Shanthi said...

Hi Solai,

I found your blog is superb and very useful for the learners like me.

Can you post some more side dish items to match breakfast(for idli and dosa)

Shubha said...

Solai I have heard that Chettinad food is very spicy.... But is it always non veg? Vegetarian la gravy and spicy food illaya??... Y dont u post more of vegetarian foos too...please...:) just a request....:):):):)....:) Thank u so much

Shubha said...

Solai I have heard that Chettinad food is very spicy.... But is it always non veg? Vegetarian la gravy and spicy food illaya??... Y dont u post more of vegetarian foos too...please...:) just a request....:):):):)....:) Thank u so much

Solai Chidambaram said...

Subha ,As far as i Know only the non-veg items are very spicy in chettinad cusine.Mostly the veg items are made less spicier to adjust to the stomach.But there are a few items like Milagu Kuzhambu,Thakkali Kuzhambu,Poondu Vengaya Kuzhambu,Pakkoda Kuzhambu etc which are spicier in veg also.I have posted those recipes.Please try

Sahana Shyam said...

Hey Solai,

I got time to checkout the recipes. Well they look great!! Haven't tried them yet.

Sana is doing good. We had a nice stay at CM!!

bye
Sahana

shahanaz said...

hello achi,
all ur recepies r really nice.well done.post more.

Sasikala said...

Hello Achi,
I am fan of your recipes...I am in US and new to kitchen.Really your recipes made me a good cook and get appreciation from my husband.You are doing a excellent job ...Not everyone will be like you sharing their recipes.Really hats off to you.

Chimbu said...

Dear Madam - It's fun going through your recipes. Thanks for taking this much of effort to share your wonderful dishes. I love to cook and reading your blog answered a lot of questions about chettinad dishes. Thanks again and keep blogging..

Cheers
Chimbu

Sruthi of Life said...

Can u pls blog the recipe for sambar? I do make sambar at home, but I would like to know the recipe of your sambar.

Anu said...

Hi achi,
I tried to do chicken briyani. Its very tasty. Thanks for the fantastic recipe.

gowsiya said...

I TRIED UR SAMBAR SADAM IT COME OUT GOOD THANK YOU

cherryblossom said...

Hello Achi,
Thanks a tonne for all the recipes posted in your blog.I'd invited my friends for dinner last weekend.while planning the menu,i bumped into your blog online.so i decided to go 'all chettinad' which i never tried before.I'm an amateur cook,but never tasted or tried chettinad cuisine.i started the dinner with podi sadam...drumstick soup,chicken kolumbu,chicken liver pepper fry,fish fry,lamb podimas(i hated lamb before tasting this one),bittergourd masala,chow chow kootu,curd to finish.it was all mouthwatering and ruthlessly delicious.it really tickled my dead taste buds as i can't eat anything spicy.My Guests enjoyed the food to the core.We had a lovely evening cos of the tasty food with a unique taste....please keep posting more recipes as it's of great help for people like me who were not born and raised in Tamilnadu.Thanks again...Happy bogging!!!
Regards,
Ida.

Solai Chidambaram said...

Thankyou cherryblossom for the feed back.This is the feed back of this kind that keeps me going.Very happy that you people had good food.

ramesh said...

thank you so much keep adding more chetinadu recipe,achi please put u r native palce in the website,

ramesh said...

hats off to u,please put u r native place also in web
achi keep posting more recipe,because now a days people are spreaded all over the world
but looking for our indian food
especially for chetinadu food
this will be history for every

keep postin

chella said...

Hello achi...i came across it blog while browsing for some authentic chettinad recipes..i was born on karaikudi but brought up in Chennai..now im in Sydney..i try to cook as much traditional food as possible... Whenever I have doubt I call my amma..now I have come across it recipes Im not calling her!:)) thank u so much...grt work...! I tried it vella paniyaram.. It was tasty..but came out flat...kadai la erundhu ezhumbave illa...:(( any tips?thanks in advance..!

Solai Chidambaram said...

thankyou Chella.It may be because of the quality of rice.Try basmathi rice if you are abroad and dont get the proper rice.My daughter uses basmathi in US.

Alagu Nachal said...

hi aachi... ur blog is very handy for all the newly married couples living abroad.Thanks a lot!!! i would like to know few notable dishes whaich are very good for concieved woman.

Sivakami Ramanathan said...

Hi Aachi, I am Sivakami from Devakottai living at chennai. Your blog is really excellent and very handy for youngsters like me who wants to learn and cook our traditional receipes.I would like to know how to make Rangoon puttu. Please let us know if you have any chance.

Revathy said...

achi ur blog is sooo good. ur style of cooking is different and tasty. thanks
Revathy

Shifee said...

Hi Aunty,

i am newly married and also new to kitchen.. i am really very happy to find ur blog among the search list. Today i tried ur vegetable kuruma.got grt comments from my in-laws. i am goin to try one one dish everyday :) :) thank you so much for writing down the receipe for gals lik me. u rock aunty :)