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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Pondicherry Cuisine -The foods the Pondicherrians loves

"Lover of Spices " is one term coined for the people of Puducherry. They are hot, delicious and make use of many Ayurvedic system of food preparation. The anti septic properties of many of these spices are slowly been revealed  to other western countries and India has the pride of using them for centuries. Few spices that are very commonly used in everyday cooking in their kitchen are

Turmeric : It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent with an active ingredient called Curcumin. Adding turmeric to the food proves beneficial for many health conditions like Leukemia, Cancers, Alzheimer disease and speeds up healing of wounds. Turmeric is a natural  pain-killer and cox-2 inhibitor

Ginger : The therapeutic properties of Ginger makes it the favourite medicine for  many ailments in India.It helps alleviating high blood pressure, helps in digestion and relieves motion sickness .This spice has high level of gingerol and protease which are high anti-infalmmatroy compounds. It has anti-viral properties and provides an excellent cure for colds and flu

Garlic: Garlic is a "wonder drug"in phytotheraphy and has been extensively used in "stinking rose" treatment in herbal medicine. Being a powerful natural antibiotic ,it helps in lowering cholesterol and helps in digestion.

Cumin seeds: Cumin is been used since antiquity for many of its health benefits, carcinogenic properties as well as used as a traditional herbal remedy. Ask any Pondicherry people about it and they will have a lot of stories to tell you. It is one of the spice used in"Patti  Kai Vaithiyum"


Curry Leaves:A perfect remedy for promoting hair growth preventing aging and whitening of hairs. It is also used in treatment of osteoarthritis by decoction ( boil the leaves in water, cool and drink for a month).  It is yet another natural gift from Nature.


I would be taking more than three pages to explain the benefits of Indian (Pondicherry) spices, so for now I'm presenting you few famous food preparations using these spices. Make yourself comfortable with its exotic tastes 



Vegetarian Dishes
DRUMSTICK & BRINJAL SAMBAR    POTATO AND PEAS MASALA
LADYS FINGER SAMBAR     LADY'S FINGER FRY (Vendakai varuval)
KIRAI SAMBAR    GREENS KOOTHU (Kirai koothu)
VAZHATHANDHU SAMBAR    VEGETABLE KURMA
CARROT AND BEANS SAMBAR   VEGETABLE PULAV
VEGETABLE GRAVY    RASAM
GARLIC KOYUMBU    CUMIN KOYUMBU
THOYAVIL    KADAPPA


Non-Vegetarian Dishes
CHICKEN BRIYANI CHICKEN GRAVY CHICKEN FRY
CRISPY CHICKEN 65         FISH PODIMAS SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH MUSHROOM
EGG FRIED RICEMUTTON GRAVYMUTTON SAMBAR
MUTTON FRY MUTTON BRIYANIMUTTON CHOPS
BRAIN /LIVER FRY PRAWN KOYUMBUPRAWN FRY
EGG MUTTON CUTLET EGG FRIED RICE PRAWN THOVAYIL
CRAB KOYUMBUCRAB FRYFISH BAJJI
PRAWN BAJJI CRAB BRIYANI CHICKEN LOLIPOP


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