Chettinad chicken, or milagu kozhi varuval, gets its heat largely from the black pepper, and has a quite different flavour to dishes that predominantly use chilli for the heat. This is typical of dishes from this region.
Spiced lamb meatballs in a tomato and coconut milk sauce. A specialty from Chettinad, kari kola urundai kuzhambu takes some time prepare, but the results are well worth the effort.
Masala dosa - spiced potato in rice and lentil crepes - are one of life's great joys. Simple, easy, fast and ca be served as a starter, snack, lunch or as a light dinner.