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Exploring Madurai and Eating South Indian Thali. 🇮🇳

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I left my luxury hotel to go explore the old streets of Madurai. My goal was to sample some authentic local Tamil food.

I cooked my Ola rickshaw to take me to Meenakshi Amman Temple, the huge historic Hindu temple that Madurai is famous for. I wasn't really that interested in visiting the temple but used it as a place to start off exploring the streets of Madurai. Anywhere there's a big temple or mosque in India thre will be many dozens of restaurants nearby to cater to the worshipers. You're going to be spoiled for choice for authentic local food and the high turnover of customers means you're always going to served freshly cooked food.

A large part of the city was pedestrianised. Not by design but because of some roadworks. I really appreciated it though and think they should really consider making it a permanent feature.

I looked for a restaurant that was recommended to me called A2B, also known as Adyar Ananda Bhavan that serves South Indian vegetarian food. I got fed up of eating veg when I was in Jaipur and actually would have preferred to eat some meat but when a restaurant is recommended to you, it's best to go with that. Thankfully I wasn't disappointed. I was a bit confused with their system of how to get a table, how to order and what the food actually was but luckily some friendly locals helped me out.

After the meal, back out on the streets exploring, I came across a little hole in the wall shop selling Jigarthanda, some kind of local faluda-type of drink. I'd seen Jigarthanda promoted in my hotel's room service menu as some kind of local specialty and had planned to try it but since I had the opportunity to get one from a local place at a fraction of the price I didn't pass it up. It was a strange taste but not in a bad way.

With a full belly I headed back to Heritage Madurai hotel to relax, eat and relax some more. This is the life.

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  1. Rajkumar Prasad

    A Tamil lunch is what we call an ‘Arusuvai Unavu’ meaning ‘A meal comprising the six tastes’ – Sweet, Tangy, Bitter, Sour, Spicy and Salty.This balance of taste acts as a sumptuos yet a complete, healthy meal.Food is both philosophic and medicinal in nature in Tamil culture.And this is the order in which u have the lunch meal in Tamilnadu. It’s called ‘Meals’ here which the north indians called ‘Thali’. Rice mixed with..
    1)Paruppu with ghee
    2)Sambar(Toor dhal based)
    3)Kara kulambu/Puli kulambu(Tamarind based)

    Payasam is the dessert.The vegetables comes in three types
    Poriyal, Kootu and varuval.The vegetables are accompaniments or side dish u have with a main dish. You mix the various curries in the above order one after another with rice, have a mouthful along with small quantity of the veggie or Appalam.

    Sambar+stir fry/deep fry
    Puli/Kara kulambu +Kootu
    Rasam+Kootu/deep fry
    Curd+deep fry
    Appalam/Pappadam goes with all of it.
    Poriyal – Stir fry
    Kootu – Veg cooked with gram dal
    Varuval – Crisp fry/Deep fry
    Kulambu – Gravy usually tamarind based.
    Rasam – A soup with tamarind base
    Sambar – Toor dhal cooked with vegetables
    Payasam – Sweet
    Curd – Yogurt
    Ghee – Clarified butter
    All the dishes above are vegetarian dishes.I can’t even begin to explain about the vast array of meat/sea food based non-vegetarian Tamil food.That’s for another day.

  2. vinoelectromechanic

    See the way and the tendency my fellow countrymen help him to eat!!

    Tamils all over the world posses this quality

    I’m a Proud “Tamil” as always!!

    தமிழ் வாழ்க !! Long live classic divine Tamil!!!

    1. arju rajkhowa

      @Narayanan Moorthy well the most of the articles online says keeladi civilization is 2600 years old i.e around 600 b.c which is not that old compared to most of the oldest civilization. Sumerian civilization is officially more than 5000 years old, around 3500 b.c. But we are here discussing the oldest inhabited city not oldest civilization. How old is madurai give me some proper historical period. Do not just bluff.

    2. arju rajkhowa

      @Mahesh M why do you think like that….because the so called “aryans” are the majority or something else. If we see facts then eveything is contradicted. The origins of the both aryans and dravidians are not confirmed…are they. The terms aryan and dravidian itself are confusing. Who were the confirmed citizens of Indus Valley then? How can you say middle eastern cities are not older than tamil ones.

    1. Fredo Baggins

      @John Hudson Local stree food gives real sense of the place and the people, because the food is marred l made for what it is. The A2B is good but gives a prebuilt image created for

  3. V M

    The people were so friendly that they helped you and served you like a family member and even introduced you the dishes and explained you how to eat those in right way.✌️
    I love my Incredible India. 🇮🇳🇮🇳

  4. Ruth Subash

    Loving your India videos especially the ones in Tamil Nadu. My husband is from Kanyakumari Tamil Nadu and I am loving seeing some areas I have visited, hearing sounds I am love and seeing the wonderful Tamil culture. Looking forward to your Munnar video as I think we have an Uncle living there

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