Revel in the festivities of Tamil New Year’s Day on April 14 with festive culinary feasts from Taj Hotels, Chennai offering guests the quintessential South Indian experience.
At the award-winning Southern Spice at TAJ COROMANDEL, savour special Thalis for lunch and dinner that boasts of food from the Chettiyars, Tamil Brahmins and the Kongunadu region. Some delightful starters include Karuvepilai milagu meen varuval (Curry leaf and black pepper spiced seer fish grilled to perfection) for non-vegetarians; and Podi ammini kozhukattai (Ground rice and butter milk dumplings tossed in stone ground spices) for the vegetarians. From the main course, don’t miss the Tamil Brahmin delicacy, Kathirikai rasavangi (A melange of egg-plant in stewed lentils); Tomato sweet pachadi (A sweet and spicy relish made of tomatoes, jiggery and Madras chilli); Vazhaipoo usilli (Banana blossoms tossed with spices and crumbled lentils); Mulai keerai paruppu urundai more kozhambu (Amaranth leaf and lentil dumplings in curried yoghurt); and the much-loved ground spice and tamarind curry from Kongunad region, Selavu araitha kozhambu. Non-vegetarians can relish Pichupotta chicken (Chicken shreds tossed with shallots and spices); Meen maanga kozhambu (Seer fish cubes simmered in a raw mango and tomato curry); andNaatukkai Kari thokku (A country style preparation of lamb with chayote and drumsticks). Savour these with traditional Kanchipuram Idly(Tempered rice cakes); Chettinad chicken biriyani (Spiced chicken and rice pilaf from the houses of Chettiyars); Veechu parota (A flaky south Indian bread) or the simple Steamed ponni rice. Round of the meal with Arisi thengai payasam (Rice and coconut pudding); Godhumai halwa (Wheat and sugar confection); and Mukkani ice cream (Mango, jack fruit and banana flavoured ice cream). April 14 | Thalis for Lunch and Dinner | INR 2199 all-inclusive (Vegetarian) & INR 2499 all-inclusive (Non-vegetarian) | Call +91 44 6600 2827 for more details
At Buzz, the all-day diner at THE GATEWAY HOTEL IT EXPRESSWAY CHENNAI, enjoy the bringing in of the New Year and new hope with festive culinary treats, specially curated by the team of chefs led by Executive Chef, Jaffar Ali. Go for some interesting salads like Chinna vengaya thalicha Idli salad; Carrot and coconut salad; Thangai mangai sundal; and Poosanikkai and verkadalai salad. Do try the Milagu thulasi Ulunthu wada for starters before moving on to the main-course that includes Vendakkai thakkali malli roast; Kadugu Urulai keerai vathakal; Nattu Vegetable kuruma; Ennai kathirikai; Broccoli poriyal; Parippu pacha manga curry; and Sambar / Thakkali Rasam. Don’t forget to help yourself with generous helpings of the all-time favourite desserts, Kungumapoo payasam; Chakkara Pongal; and Pazha vaigaigal. April 14 | Lunch Buffet | INR 1300 plus taxes. Call +91 44 6680 2500 for more details.