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Chettinad’s flavour in Karur

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Appetising appeal: A range of delicacies on display in the food festival in Karur.
Appetising appeal: A range of delicacies on display in the food festival in Karur.

L. Renganathan

KARUR: Chettinad is a name to reckon with not just in commerce and trade but also in ornate mansions and mouth-watering cuisine. While its citizens are flamboyant traders, their houses, elsewhere called palaces, showcase their opulence and artistic taste. People from elsewhere are still awestruck at those marvels. Quite the same is the people’s penchant for Chettinad delicacies.

In Karur, the Chettinad Food Festival being organised by The Residency is grabbing the attention of the gourmets what with the choicest Chettinad cuisine turning out to be a runaway success. The food festival that got under way on Wednesday will be on till Sunday.

Among the spiciest and most aromatic of Indian delicacies, Chettinad food caters to both the vegetarians and non-vegetarians. A special buffet offers a selection of stuff from salads and tasty appetisers to the heavier main course.

Connoisseurs aver that the luscious ‘Chettinad kozhi biryani,’ ‘Mallanor kozhi varuval’ (a delectable chicken preparation), the special chops, ‘Karaikudi meen poricha kuzhambu’ (a tasty fish dish that spreads only the alluring aroma of the essential Chettinad flavour), ‘pasalakeerai nandu peratal’ (perhaps the best of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian in greens and crabs) and ‘mugiltagam aracha nandu masala,’ are a scrumptious fare.

Lest the vegetarians lose heart, the greener side of the tables has as much to munch. The ‘chinna vengaya rava pakoda’ for starters get along with ‘Karaikudi kodamilagu pattani,’ the tasty ‘manathakkali manga curry’ tees off well with sweet ‘thengai poli,’ the unique banana ‘bonda,’ Chettinad’s very own ‘thengai pericham pazha halwa’ and of course the ‘poondhi payasam’ allows them sufficient space for their gastronomic ventures.

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