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MADURAI Food Tour – Idiyappam (Rice Noodle) – Ragi (Finger Millet) Puttu

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South India is the one place where you get some of the tastiest and healthiest street food. Yes, healthy! Our trip to Madurai was truly enlightening and beautiful. After our trip to Jallikattu, where we experienced Pongal celebrations with the locals and got to taste some amazing food, we made our way to the city.

Beginning our journey in the Spice Bazaar along with our lovely host Praveena, we visited S V Sweets. Here, we tried a sweet dish called Adhivarasam which is made from a rice flour and jaggery, shaped like a doughnut and deep fried like one too. As very well put by our host, “it is shaped like doughnut, tastes even better.” This is an authentic Tamilian dessert and is sold only for Rs. 6. So if you’re in the mood for some desi style doughnuts, this is your best bet!

Our next stop was Gopu Iyengars Tiffin Centre. This place is a century old and is known best for its Vellai Appam. Located right next to the Meenakshi Temple, this 100 year gem serves its meal traditionally on Banana leaves, that are easily disposable as well as hygienic. The vellai appam is made with rice flour and urad dal and served with coconut chutney, sambhar and a super hot green chilli chutney. The food in Madurai in general is quite hot and pungent, and according to the locals the philosophy behind so much chilli in such hot weather is that ‘you have to eat the heat to beat the beat.’

When in South India, you just cannot ignore a good cup of filter coffee. We went to Visalam Coffee Bar for some delicious and strong filter coffee. This is the kind of coffee that will wake you up from any kind of stupor.

We next walked to a shop called Burma Idiyappam Shop, serving idiyappam from the same spot for 42 years. Idiyappam is made from rice flour that is pressed into noodle form and is topped with coconut shavings and sugar. The dish is super light and healthy, since there is zero oil in it and it is steamed. Later in the day we tried Keppai Puttu, which is basically ragi that is shaped like a cylindrical cake and steamed, then it is topped off with coconut shavings and jaggery. We also tried Keerai and Keppai Vadai. The Keerai Vadai is made with a special kind of herb known Mullumurungai, which is mixed with rice flour and the deep fried. The Keepai Vadai is made with ragi or finger millet, shallots, green chillies and curry leaves, and the deep fried as well. Despite being deep fried in oil the vadai is super light and is not heavy on the palate at all.

We visited the Meenakshi Bhavan for their Special Rawa Dosai that is made with sooji or semolina, carrots, cashews, pepper, chilli, jeera and a bit of desi ghee. The dosai is super crispy and has a beautiful nutty texture to it. What is even better is that it is served with quite a few chutneys so one can take pick and choose between them. Finally we went to Sree Sabreesh for the Adai Avial. This two part dish is truly mouthwatering. The adai is a very healthy lentil dosai which is served with avial- a vegetable dish stewed with a variety of spices and coconut milk. For dessert we tried the Paal Pandiyaram, which is rice balls in sweet coconut milk.

Our journey came to an end with a super healthy, nutrient rich banana. Eating a banana after a heavy meal is a tradition here, so we obliged. Our special thanks to Praveena from Foodies Day Out, it was an absolute pleasure to be in the company of someone who loves and appreciates food as much as we do.

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About the host – Anubhav Sapra :

Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food. To know more, visit www.anubhavsapra.com

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    1. आकाश patil

      Yes, In this video only, the first sweet dish is ‘Adhirasam’.
      Isn’t it closely similar to ‘Anarasa’?,
      I am damn sure that it is Anarasa!
      just some khas-khas -Poppy seeds are added in Anarasa- Which is a typical Marathi Deepawali ‘Faraal'(food items made for Diwali) sweet dish.

    1. No Name

      It’s the opposite, the only way South Indians boost their is ego is by tearing down North Indians and making us feel bad about your twisty languages that are only spoken in 5 southern states. The rest of Indians from North, West and East are cool and open minded and integrate with each other. You guys on the other hand are sour faced stuck ups. Thank you but no thank you, we are just not interested in your mumbo jumbo.

    2. Venkatesh

      @Veejay K agree because in deep inside north indian people are jealous on south indians they dont give minimum respect to languages. Thats why they support actors like amir khan, salmaa khan no matter what to dominate.

    3. No Name

      ABHIJITH M.J the opposite. You are aware of only your culture, making you intolerant and hateful of all other cultures, including North Indian culture. Thankfully, Your blindness, narrow minded and hate is not our problem. Just as your tongue twisting language is not our problem LOL 😆

    4. No Name

      shradha baranwal they lack manners. That’s why they think it’s okay to tear down other cultures to feel superior about their own. It’s a hidden inferiority complex behind an arrogant display of superiority – nothing that deserves even a tiny bit of attention.

  1. Vijith V Nair

    Please see the prices of all dishesh..compare to other states it is very less..Healthy food with less cost in south india.. madurai👌 ..Temple city…🇮🇳
    Love from Dubai..Jai Hind

  2. IGR

    I am not a South Indian but lived in South for 8+ years. Truely appreciate the fact that they are so attached to their culture and language. And the South Indian ladies are so traditionally dressed, cultured and respectful to others….no fake accent, no copying western culture. #Respect

  3. apooR Choz

    She is an amazing Tamil girl, who knew where to take you, guide you and explained it so goooooodddddd.. reminds me to how I explain my other state peeps and other countries peeps… 😍😍😍😍 She also spoke pukka Tamil words and pronounced it soooooo wellllll !!!
    Also you had been soo good !
    She had an amazing vibe, what a language and she was so elegant !!!

  4. Garikedu Gangadevi

    I’m frm mauritius paradise island…but i love Tamil language one of the most beautiful cute and lovable language in the world and for her rich cultural traditions…and the most oldest language…loves respect and blessings to all my brothers and sisters of Tamil nadu..and in the world….God bless the world and every living beings to fight against the most serious killing virus named Corona….stay at home…be safe and the world will be saved…🙏🙏🙏

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