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RCI : Chettinadu Vegetarian Cuisine For The New Year

Written By Srimathi Mani on Sunday, January 4, 2009 | 12:05 PM


It all began when my friend Mythreyee of Paajaka thought I could host the RCI event started by Lakshmik of Veggie Cuisine for the month of Jan and gave her slot to me. This is the first event I am hosting for my blog and I am very excited about it. With Mythreyee's help I am sure I would be able to do a good job.

http://www.karaikudi.com/locationmap.htm


This month's Regional Cuisine Of India event focuses on Chettinadu Vegetarian Cusine. Chettinadu is a region in the southern part of Tamil Nadu. A part of the Sivagangai district with Karaikudi as its capital. Its home to the Nattukotai Chettiyars who are known for their business acumen and baking. The food from this region is much sought after because its very auromatic and spicy. Though they are well known for the non vegetarian preparations, the RCI event is a all vegetarian one. Chettinadu vegetarian food mostly consists of Kara Kozhambu, Cooked Dhal, Drumstick Sambar, Ghee, Rice, Rasam, Payasum, Vegetable Curry. As wikipedia reports, they are also well known for rice based tiffin varities like idiyappam, paniyaram, vellai paniyaram, karuppatti paniyaram, paal paniyaram, kuzhi paniyaram, kozhakattai, masala paniyaram, adikoozh, kandharappam, seeyam, masala seeyam, kavuni arisi & athirasam.

The common spices used in the cuisine are red chillies, star aniseed, fenugreek, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, fennel seeds, tamarind, marathi mokku and dagad phool. The perfect use of spices and grains makes this style of cuisine one of my favorites. Its such a great opportunity to host this event. For all those South Indian food lovers I am sure you would like to try out chettinadu cuisine and post them in your blog.

If you are not aware of this kind of cuisine here are a few links that could help you:

  1. Indian Food Co.
  2. Indo Base.
  3. Coimbatore City.

Here are the rules for participation in the event:
  1. Write a post about Chettinadu Cuisine on your blog by Feb 5th.
  2. Email me at foody.guru@gmail.com with RCI:Chettinadu Vegetarain Cuisine in the subject and with the following details:
    • Your Name,
    • Recipe Name,
    • Blog Name,
    • Permalink to the post
  3. Please mention RCI: Chettinadu Vegetarian Cuisine in your post and use the logo if you can.
Good luck and enjoy preparing some Chettinadu food. Looking forward to receiving your mails. Thank you!

16 comments:

  1. Will surely pitch in. Good luck hosting.

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  2. Wow i love chettinadu cuisine..count me in..

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  3. NIce to see you're hosting RCI, Srima. Best of luck.

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  4. First time here..n u have a great place.
    Loved reading a couple of your posts.

    M new on blogosphere...so if u cud swing by sometime, wud luv to show u around!

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  5. Srimathi. glad you stopped by. Chettinad cuisine is one without par. Will participate for sure.

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  6. I don't know much about this cuisine but let me do some R&D and see what I come up with.

    Good luck for your first event.

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  7. Thats a great cuisine..srimathi..will surely try something!

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  8. Thank you for the support. I am just going to see for myself how you guys have events every month and blog all the time.

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  9. Hey, count me in.. All the best for ur first event Dear !!

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  10. Good luck for ur first event. Hope to send in something

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  11. i posted one yesterday without knowing about this event :) will send it to you right away!

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  12. Hi Srimathi, so glad I heard about your RCI from Asha -- look forward to learning more about and then eating up this yummy Chettinadu cuisine! :)

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  13. My entry is on the way... Just sent you an e-mail.

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  14. First time to your blog. Great blog. I studied in pudukottaifor more than 5 years. Surely i will participate in this.

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  15. http://cooking-up-a-storm-zaayeka.blogspot.com/2009/01/savoury-dough-nutnaahcall-me-medhu-vada.html

    heres my entry dear, hve mailed u though

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  16. Hi Srimathi,

    Have sent you my entry. Good luck with hosting your first event!

    -Priya

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