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Cuisine of Thoothukudi

India is a country of variations. We find variations in everything including language, clothing, lifestyle, customs and religions among many other things here. And just like all of these things, food also offers vast variations in its preparation in different parts of the country.

Cuisine of Thoothukudi

Delicacies of Thoothukudi Cuisine


Thoothukudi cuisine offers some of the very best and authentic culinary delights for the tourists. These dishes are made in a very traditional way to keep its authenticity alive from generations to generations. Most of the curries in Thoothukudi are prepared with basic veetu masala, which is made from coriander seeds, red chilly, turmeric root, cumin seeds and parboiled rice. Let us take a glance some of the known delicacies of Thoothukudi Cuisine:

Non - Vegetarian Delicacies of Thoothukudi


Meen Kulambu is one of the most famous fish curry preparation of Thoothukudi cuisine. The gravy of this dish is prepared from oil, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, onion, tomato, chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, tamarind pulp and water. After preparing the gravy, marinated fish is to be added in the dish.

Non-vegetarian dishes in Thoothukudi


Meen Varuval is a special fish fry preparation of Thoothukudi cuisine. It is prepared by marinating and later frying the fish and at the end adding the prepared spice mixture to it. Spice mixture used in this dish is prepared from coconut, onion and cumin seeds.

Karuvaddu Kulambu is a type of dry fish curry. It is made from dry fish, tamarind paste, red chilli poweder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric, field beans, drumstick and brinjal slices, sesame oli, mustard, fenugreek seeds, onion, tomato, garlic, curry leaves, salt and coconut milk.

Vegetarian Delicacies of Thoothukudi     


Vatthal Kulambu is type of Vattha Curry. Ingredients used in this dish include Sundakka, small onions, tamarind, garlic, jiggery, sambar powder, mustard, sesame oil, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, chana dal, dry red chilli, curry leaves and asafoetida powder.

Vegetarian Dishes in Thoothukudi


Venthaya Kali is another famous vegetarian preparation of Thoothukudi cuisine and is served in breakfast mainly. Although some  people also prepares the same for the dinner. It is made from rice, fenugreek, jiggery, salt, sesame or gingely oil and water.

Sweet Delicacies of Thoothukudi


Tuticorin Macaroon – unlike other macaroons found all over the world, Tuticorin Macaroons are made from cashews rather than ground almonds or coconut. Apart from cashews, the preparation uses egg whites, fine sugar and salt as well.  And as you can guess from the main ingredient of this sweet, it is a pretty expensive sweet and will cost around INR 600 per kg in Thoothukudi.

Sweet Delicacies of Thoothukudi


Ulunthang Kali is a sweet preparation of Black Urad dal, rice, palm sugar and grated coconut and is very famous in the region.

Fast Foods in Thoothukudi


Just like other parts of our country, fast food is spreading its wings in the streets of Thoothukudi as well. Being a tourist city it is a must have in terms of business and serving people.  Although there is still lack of avaialability of big nrands such as KFC, Mcdonalds and Pizzahut here, but many local restaurants such as Hotel Balamurugan, Anjappar Chettinad A/C Restaurant and Kondiya Fresh Foods offer similar preparations of fast food here.

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