This post is a part of the main post that was featured for the Indian Food Odyssey for Tamil Nadu...
From the plains of the Kongunad, we now now going to travel to
another part of Tamilnadu.And for dinner I present to you a dish from
the lesser known cuisine -Nadar Cuisine..
are largely a business community living in and around the districts of
Tutucorin, Madurai, Sivakasi, Nagarkoil, and Virudhunagar in Tamil
nadu.The community and the cuisine traces the history back to the times
of the Pandya Kings.
cuisine leans its favoritism towards non vegetarian foods especially
lamb and its presence can be felt in all the courses of a meal except
This cuisine is best known for its unique
flavor that is imparted from freshly hand pounded spices and red
meat.They have a different idea of pairing and preparing vegetables even
pair vegetables with meat dishes! The Nadars use a lot of coconut and
coconut oil in their dishes.Despite its rich culinary tradition, this
cuisine has never been in the limelight unlike the Chettinad cuisine.
my quest was for the lesser known cuisines of Tamil nadu,I searched and
searched and my research landed me on this cuisine.I read in this article about kothu idiyappam being served in the Nadar food festival and so this was the chosen one for the dinner menu.
I made this simple kothu idiappam, seasoned rice noodles that is prepared the Nadar way.
means minced and idiyappam is the home made rice noodles. Unlike the
regular versions, this one makes use of whole spices and garam masala.
It can be seasoned and served or vegetables/ paneer/ meat can be added
to this dish. Either way it is very flavorful.
Idiyappam - 10 numbers
Cinnamon- 2 small pieces
Mustard seeds- 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds- 1/2 teaspoon
Green chilies-2, chopped
Boiled peas and corn- a handful
Curry leaves- a few
Cuber paneer- 10 pieces
Garam masala-1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Prepare idiyappam at home or get the ready made ones and steam them. When cool, tear them into small pieces.
oil in a pan and mustard seeds, bay leaves, cardamom,cinnamon. When the
mustard splutters, add the onion,curry leaves and green chilies.Saute
till onion turns translucent.Put in tomato and cook till soft.
the boiled vegetables and mix and cook for a minute.Put in the
paneer.Add the garam masala and salt and cook on medium flame for 5
minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the idiyappam and mix well so that the masala coats the idiyappam evenly.
Serve hot.This does not require a side dish.
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