A Taste of Trichy Cuisine
The vibrant city of Trichy is also known as Tiruchi or Tiruchirappalli and is located in the geographical centre of the culture-rich, southern state of Tamil Nadu in India. This ancient city is believed to have been the capital of the medieval Chola and Nayaka kingdoms for many centuries, making the area historically significant too.
This city is not only the location where two important rivers flow, but it’s also home to a number of ancient sacred temples. Tourists throng this city all the year round to visit these temples, the almost two-centuries-old functional Kallanai dam and the fascinating Chettinad region nearby. However, a visit to the bustling city of Trichy isn’t complete without sampling the local delicacies too.
The cuisine here has been influenced by the various regimes that have ruled this area over the centuries and an amazing blend of fragrant spicy dishes has emerged from the melee. Majority of the dishes here are rice based, with this locality being known as the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu. Aside from that, coconut also plays an important role in the cuisine of Trichy, as is true of most of Tamil Nadu cuisine too.
A full lunch meal served on a banana leaf is something you must try out. It can be vegetarian or non-vegetarian as per your wish and comes with a myriad of amazing side dishes. The best part is that you can eat as much as you want as unlimited amounts of rice and other dishes are served.
Other dishes to try out include the incredibly crunchy murukku snack which is made of rice powder mixed with flavorful spices and deep fried. And though the sambhar-dosai and rasa-vada are commonly available dishes everywhere, you have to try out the Trichy version to know what authentic tastes are like. Other delicacies to sample include the Enangulathur and the Dindigul Biriyanis served here. You don’t necessarily have to look for a fancy restaurant to enjoy these treats as some of the local roadside eateries also throw up these unforgettable dishes.
Finally, don’t forget to try out the simply divine, melt-in-your-mouth Mysorepak dessert made here by Krishna Sweets. They are a much-coveted sweet all over southern India so do remember to pack a box for your loved ones back home too!
While you are visiting Trichy, you could stay over at the Sangam Hotel where you are sure to find most of these authentic dishes served to you the traditional way – with lots of warmth and affection!