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Chettinadu
Chettinadu MapThe region of Chettinadu which also includes Karaikudi, the capital, is made up of 74 tiny villages in what is called the Sivaganga district of the southern Tamil state. It is also thought about of the driest regions of southern India.

Chettinadu is also the homeland of Nattukottai Chettairs who were renowned for their business & banking prowess lots of of whom migrated to South East Asia in the 19th Century where they also prospered as a business community. This area is rich with cultural heritage, walking around the local area you will notice great mansions, the region is also famous for temples originally built by the early Tamil Dynasties such as the Cholas.

Chettinadu is probably most famous for its culinary delights; the curry produced in this region is renowned as some of the spiciest, oiliest & most aromatic in India. It is famous for its variety of spices used in preparing mostly non-vegetarian food. The dishes are hot & spicy with fresh ground marasalas & usually topped with a boiled egg, thought about an essential part of a meal.

In the non vegetarian versions a variety of sun dried meats & salted vegetables, reflecting the dry surroundings of the region can be used. The meat is restricted to fish, prawn, lobster, crab, chicken & mutton, there is no beef or pork in the Chettair diet. Most dishes are eaten with rice or rice based accompaniments such as dosais, appams, idiyappams, adais & idlis.
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