There’s a soft corner for Madurai in the hearts of most true-blue
Tamils. This is one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities with a
colourful history that dates back over two millennia. At the heart
of Madurai’s rich history and traditions is the Tamil
language. Madurai has always been with the city’s rich culinary
heritage. Madurai is the right place for you.
has a host of restaurants, hotels and road side food stalls. All of
them are famous for their fresh and tasty traditional South Indian
food . Madurai is famous for the Jil Jil Jigarthanda, Paruthi Pal,
and sugar cane juice. Jigarthanda is a delicious drink made of
algae, milk and sugar. Paruthi pal is another drink prepared by
cotton seeds, flour of raw rice, coconut and jaggery.
is also a special 'fruit mixture' drink that is sold near the
Meenakshi Amman Temple. In Madurai, food is available at reasonable
prices and you can satisfy your apetite almost 24 hours a day.
Madurai's road side food joints are available almost all the time.
The tourists are recommended to try the Dosa and pongal here. There
are over 30 variety of Dosas available here. Some of the famous
restaurants in Madurai,
answer to 'where to eat', This is not a city where you have
long drawn conversations over a meal and yet almost everyone you
meet in the city has strong opinions about their food. Recipes
carefully bequeathed from one generation to the next. Restaurants
where masalas are still hand ground and where factory-made masalas
are frowned upon.
TOP 10 FOODS TO TASTE IN MADURAI
The city that never sleeps. Madurai’s location in the heart of Tamil
Nadu has always seen a steady flow of visitors who keep ‘floating’
through the city almost round the clock. The city’s markets are a
hub for local produce from all over Southern Tamil Nadu. It’s been
one of the biggest drivers for the city’s food culture with a host
of street foodoptions. We pick 10 dishes you must try when you are
in Madurai. Of course, there are no fine dining options:
1. Kari Dosai at Konar Mess
The Konars were originally cow and goat herds and therefore, offal
dishes are a big part of their daily menu. The three-tier dosai at
Konar is now a local legend. A thick dosa, an omelette and a layer
of minced mutton. This is not a dosai you can take lightly! Order a
repeat at your own risk and do wash it down with Bovonto, Madurai’s
very own soft drink that’s become ultra-cool post the state’s
2. Kola Urundai at Chandran Mess
The owner of this famous local establishment proudly took me around
his squeaky-clean kitchen that is still supervised by his family. I
watched the staff painstakingly grind down the mutton and transform
them into melt-in-your-mouth mutton balls that are crispy on the
outside. Don’t leave town without sinking your teeth into these
pockets of joy.
3. Idli at Murugan Idli Shop
Murugan Idli is now a household name in Chennai and has blossomed
into a restaurant chain. The Murugan story began in Madurai with a
restaurant that’s walking distance from the iconic Meenakshi Temple.
Murugan’s idlis are soft, sticky (a complete contrast from the
grainier Udupi-style idlis) and served with an array of chutneys.
4. ‘Full Meals’ at Shriram Mess
Madurai’s ‘mutton-heavy’ meals can be overwhelming even for
hard-core meat fans. Shriram Mess is the perfect detox before you
head home. This restaurant serves one of the finest vegetarian meals
on a banana leaf in the city.
5. Idiyappam at Burmah Idiyappa Kadai
‘Hole in the wall’ might not be an inaccurate description of this
tiny eatery that serves just one dish. Locals and visitors patiently
wait for their turn opposite Mission hospital to sample idiappam
(string hoppers) served with chutney and coconut milk. The simplest
dishes are often the tastiest.
6. Kalkandu Sadham at Sri Nagalakshmi Annexe
The Madurai Saurashtrians moved here from Gujarat during the reign
of the Nayaks. The community speak their own dialect and are a
fascinating subculture in Madurai’s rich tapestry. This community
loves their ‘mixed rice’ dishes. Nagalakshmi Annexe is one the
city’s few surviving Saurashtra style restaurants and their kalkandu
(sugar candy) rice is a must-try.
7. Paruthi Paal
Madurai’s food scene truly comes alive just before the sun sets.
It’s about the same time you will find push carts hitting some of
the city’s streets with Paruthi Paal (translates to cotton milk).
Cotton seed extracts are combined with a small quantity of rice
flour, cardamom, dry ginger and sweetened with palm sugar. Tasty and
full of goodness.
8. Meen Kuzhambu at Amma Mess
You are never alone when you eat here. It’s not just the
never-ending sea of diners but also pictures of celebrities – mostly
Tamil film stars (who have dined here), that stare at you from every
corner. The highlights from this home-style menu are the fish
gravies (try the Muthal Mariyathai Meen kuzhambu, that takes its
name from a popular 1980’s Tamil film). If seafood is not your
scene, do sample their truly unique bone marrow omelette.
9. Parotta at Sulthan restaurant:
Madurai loves its parottas and the city’s parotta ‘artistes’ love
the attention - the kothu (minced) parotta ‘masters’ turn up the
decibel levels to attract customers. Sulthan’s is quite popular for
their biryani but it’s their flaky, multi-layered parotta that is
their biggest draw.
10. Jigarthanda at Famous Jigarthanda
There’s one theory that the Nawabs of Arcot brought this sugary
sweet dessert to Madurai. It doesn't matter now; this is Madurai’s
most popular dessert and possibly the city’s answer to falooda. Hand
churned ice cream, condensed milk with tree gum. The perfect
antidote to all the spices and flavours of Madurai’s meat dishes.
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