Five famous food items of Tamil Nadu

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Planning a trip to Tamil Nadu and wondering about the food items you should try there well here is a list of five famous food items of Tamil Nadu.

Five famous food items of Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is famous to the belief that serving food to others is a service to humanity. Tamil food involves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Rice and legumes are used in most of their dishes and flavours in food are achieved by the blending of various spices.

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Here are the Five famous food items of Tamil Nadu



  • Uttapam is a specialty of Tamil Nadu food. Urad Dal and rice powder are ground to make Uttapam.
  • It is flat and crispy at the sides but soft and doughy in the middle.
  • It tastes delicious with coconut chutney or Sambhar. You can also try it with the spicy tomato and chilli chutney which tastes amazing.



  • Dosa is a dish originating from the Indian subcontinent.
  • Its main ingredients are rice and black gram which then is turned to fermented batter.
  • It is an important dish of the Southern Indian and Sri Lankan diets but it is now popular all over India.
  • Dosa is served hot along with sambhar, a stuffing of potatoes, and chutney.



  • Idli is a type of savoury rice cake, originating from the Indian subcontinent and is popular in southern India and northern Sri Lanka.
  • These idlis are made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils and rice.
  • Idli has several variations, including Rava idli, Sanna, Enduri Pitha, and others.
  • It can be eaten with Sambhar or chutneys like coconut, tomato or mint chutney.

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  • Pongal is a very popular rice dish which is originated from the Indian subcontinent, in Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.
  • There are two varieties of Pongal, Chakkara Pongal which is a sweet, and Venn Pongal which is made from clarified butter.
  • The rice is boiled with milk and jaggery during the Pongal festival – which is sweet and mostly Pongal made in earthenware pots with a wood fire.



  • Murukku is a crunchy snack that originated from the Indian subcontinent and is popular in southern India, and Sri Lanka.
  • Murukku derived its name from a Tamil word which means “twisted”, which refers to its shape.
  • Murukku is made from rice flour and urad dal and at last spices are added to it.

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