Food in KarurTamilian cuisines have a very prominent place amongst the various other Indian cuisines. Although there are a lot of variations in the food preparations as you travel across the length and breadth of Tamil Nadu, the prominent regions and adjoining places have similar ways. Karur being a part of Kongu nadu, has its own unique way of preparing delicacies. Kongu nadu has an extensive range of food types mainly because of its vastness. Yet there are certain important ingredients that are never left out from any of the dishes and also some famous preparations that you just cannot miss if you are visiting this place. So have a look at all the various Karur specialties in the culinary section.
Fast Food in KarurAt Karur you will find loads and loads of stalls on the streets selling various types of vadais, idlis, dosas and other all time favorite food. There is no Karur without Idlis and dosas. While these are just two items, you would find many of its variants like stuffed idlis, vegetable idlis, paper dosa, mysore dosa, and masala dosa. Well, one thing you can be sure of, you wouldn’t ever get tired of having them. In Karur you would also find the small sized idlis which is generally immersed in sambhars and served. And while eating these idlis that are drenched in the savory sambhar, you wouldn’t stop having them even when the count goes beyond ten. At breakfast time mostly idli-sambhar, dosa and chutney, medu vadai or ulandhu vadai, oothappam, masaal vadai, sweet pidi kozhukattai etc deliciously prepared and served hot at the fast food joints and restaurants.In the evening at snacks time, while you are at Karur you have to taste the famous potato bondas, chilly bhajiyas, parappu boli, Paripu vadai etc Here tamarind chutney accompanies most of the vadais and bondas, which I am sure cannot be as tasty anywhere else. So while the city has its own set of Chinese and north Indian dishes available, its age old traditional dishes are still the best made food here.
Karur MealTraditionally a meal is called ‘saapadu’ in Karur. Rice is the staple food in Karur like the whole of Tamil Nadu. So whether it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just Kaapi (coffee) time snacks, you would find most of them being made with rice and rice podi (powder). For the main course the list is unending. Karur has a wide range of kongu nadu cuisines, some that are native and some that come from nearby kongu regions. Rasams are famous here. There are various ways of preparing them and you would definitely be treated with one while you enjoy your meals. Various preparations from vegetables are Kaalan parangi karui, avial, Karur kai kurma, Sambhar, Nila kuzhambu, Kadambha saadam , payar thirattal etc. and much more. All the vegetable curries have a unique way of preparation. Arisi Parapu saadam, methi rice, brinjal rice, coconut rice are well known rice dishes which makes for a perfect lunch meal along with appalams(large pappads) and pickles. In the non veg section the famous Kozihi kuzhambu, mutton curries, chicken and mutton biriyanis of various types are prepared. Especially if you land up there during festive seasons or special occasions you would be treated heavily with the most scrumptious full course meal of Karur.
Famous Restaurants of KarurSome of the famous restaurants in Karur offering the best food are Kongu mess, Hotel Hemala, Hotel Abirami, Shanthi mess etc in the non veg section. However if you opt for pure vegetarian food try visiting Hotel Arunachala,Udhayam, Hotel Archana etc There are two special garden restaurants in Karur namely Hotel Apoorva and Hotel Aristo. Do take a visit there, you would enjoy the set up as much as you love the food.Similarly, try Dindigul Biriyani Hotel's special biriyani.Surely its the tastiest in the town.In the restaurants here you would find various cuisines being served apart from the Karur dishes like Chinese,Thai,North Indian dishes etc.From local food joints to expensive star hotels, Karur offers a wide range of restaurants to choose from.
Kongu nadu is known for its rich cuisines that does not only taste heavenly but also is healthy and nutritious. There are various reasons why cuisines from the Kongu region are very different from the other parts of Tamil Nadu like the Chettinadu dishes. In the Kongu region, spices are not much used and also oil is used lesser than the other parts which is important for the taste and aroma of the Tamilian native preparations. Turmeric is an essential ingredient in almost all the dishes. It gives the food a certain color and flavor. Use of copra, peanut powder and other gravies give a unique touch to the curries prepared here. And while you just cannot miss any of these dishes when you have your saapadu (meals) at Karur, be sure to indulge into the Tamil Nadu special 'filter Kaapi' which is the best coffee you will ever come across.