Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Recipes in Tamil Nadu

The state of Tamil Nadu occupy a distinct place in culinary map of the country. A large number of dishes from this state are savoured by one and all and have become a part of the national cuisine.

Tamil Nadu offers a wide range of delicious food in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian category. The food is made spicy with the use of host of spices and condiments. Coconut, tamarind and asafoetida goes as a ritual in almost all vegetarian recipes. Use of garam masala is avoided in Tamilian cuisine. Coconut oil is normally used as the medium of cooking. Chutneys and mixed spice go with the tiffins (lunch) and enhance the taste of the meal. A typical meal in Tamil Nadu consists of rice (mostly steamed), lentils, grains and vegetables.

Cuisine of Chettinad is particularly famous all over the country. It is hot and spicy and offers scrumptious variety in mutton, chicken and fish dishes.
List of Recipes

Links Tamilnadu website

Government of Tamil Nadu
Madurai Corporation
Arulmigu Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, Madurai
Madurai Kamaraj University
National Informatics Center - Tamil Nadu
Telephone Directory of the State Govt.
Health & Family Welfare Department
High Court, Chennai - Causelists
High Court, Chennai - Judgements
Institute of Child Health and Hospital
Registration Department
Social Defence Department
Small Scale Industries
State Transport Authority
Statistical Handbook
Tamil Nadu Maps
Tamil Nadu Prison Department
Tamil Nadu Tourism
Tamil Nadu Universities
Tamil Nadu Urban Development Project - II
Teachers Recruitment Board
TN Fire and Rescue Services
TN Medical Services Corporation
TN State AIDS Control Society
TN Electricity Regulatory Commission
TN State Finance Commission
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Sivaganga Palace

The Sivaganga palace, also called "Gowri Vilasam", is situated in the Sivaganga district about 40 km from Madurai. It was once the seat of Marava kings. At present the palace is in dilapidated condition but the architectural beauty can still be appreciated. The architectural style of the palace reflects elements borrowed from the Thirumalai Nayak's period and infused with Rajputana arts.

Inside the Palace

The Temple of Sri Raja Rajeshwari

The only portion intact at the Gowri Vilasam is the temple of Sri Raja Rajeshwari. It is the family deity of the royal family. Sri Raja Rajeshwari temple is open for the public only in the evenings and on auspicious days. On the Southern part of the temple there is a huge hall supported with numerous pillars. It is believed that the entire royal household functions used to take place there. There is a palanquin in the front facade of the palace that lies in a decrepit condition.

Nadai Kinaru

Nadai Kinaru is another important and interesting feature in the Sivaganga palace. It is actually a miniature swimming pool. It is believed that the tank had direct connections so that fresh water could be provided and also fill two huge tanks beside the Nadai Kinaru. It was apparently meant for the womenfolk of the royal family.

How to Reach Sivaganga PalaceDue to its close proximity to Madurai, Sivaganga is easily accessible to the tourists. Buses and taxis are easily available from Madurai. Madurai is the nearest airport.

Location: Sivaganga, 40 Km from Madurai, Tamilnadu
Built in:1730s
Famous As:Gowri Vilasam


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Tamilnadu Photo Gallery

Tamilnadu photo gallery showcases different aspects of Tamilnadu. Tamil Nadu is one of the most culturally rich states in India. The magnificent and exquisite temples of Tamilnadu inspire awe and respect from the connoisseurs and the common man equally.

The architecture and sculpture of the temples of Tamilnadu speak tons about the excellence of the craftsmen of the yore. We have tried to showcase this feature of Tamilnadu as well in our photo gallery. Similarly, other aspects of Tamilnadu such as the natural beauty, costumes, cuisine, people, dances and the way of life have all been given due place in the assortment of photographs.