The state of Tamil Nadu occupy a distinct place in culinary map of the country. A large number of dishes from this state are savoured by one and all and have become a part of the national cuisine.
Tamil Nadu offers a wide range of delicious food in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian category. The food is made spicy with the use of host of spices and condiments. Coconut, tamarind and asafoetida goes as a ritual in almost all vegetarian recipes. Use of garam masala is avoided in Tamilian cuisine. Coconut oil is normally used as the medium of cooking. Chutneys and mixed spice go with the tiffins (lunch) and enhance the taste of the meal.
A typical meal in Tamil Nadu consists of rice (mostly steamed), lentils, grains and vegetables. Cuisine of Chettinad is particularly famous all over the country. It is hot and spicy and offers scrumptious variety in mutton, chicken and fish dishes.