Tamilnadu is in South India and that is where I grew up. My parents still live in Tamilnadu. Capital of the state is Madras (or Chennai), home of the famous poppadams and madras curry powder. Language spoken in Tamilnadu is Tamil.
The history of Tamilnadu is so rich in culture and heritage that we have saying,” Tamilnadu , the people and the language were there even before stones or sand”!!
Tamilnadu is famous for its temples with beautiful art and architecture. Bharathnatyam is the well known form of dance from Tamilnadu.
The food is not the same through out the state but varies according to the community that lives in each district/region. Iyer/ Iyengar /Chettinad/ Madurai style cooking are some well known varieties.
Idli with Onion Chutney– Steamed rice cakes
14 Idli with Sambhar– Steamed mini rice cakes
Dosa– Indian Savory Crepes
Pongal– Rice with Lentils and pepper
Arisi Upma– Broken rice pudding with coconut
Lemon Tomato Rasam–Rasam in a Eiya Sombu (Lead Vessel)
Arachu Vitta Sambar Lentils and vegetables in tamarind sauce
Chettinad Special Dishes:
Kosamalli– Eggplants and potato in tamarind gravy
South Indian Thali -The traditional Tamilnadu meal
Vadaikari/Parupurundai kara kozhambu: (Served with idlis or dosas)
Kothu Parotta Paratha chunks stir fried with vegetables
Puli Milagai Pachadi( Ginger, Tamarind and Chili pickle)
Mango Avakkai Pickle (Mango with channa-arusuvai arasu recipe)