Chettinad Lunch at The Bangala

During my visit to the land of Chettiars – Chettinad I stayed at The Bangala a heritage boutique resort for a week and scouted all around the villages of Karaikudi. During my stay I attended the cooking class conducted by Chef Karuppiah on the Chettinad cuisine and dishes. He managed to cook Chettinad Chicken Pepper Fry, Tomato Rice, Prawns Masala and Potato Masala Fry all in less than 30 minutes.

A Chettinad House

An edited version of this article was published in the February’15 issue of  Travel + Leisure India and Southasia magazine as Chettinad’s treasure chest   A beautiful Kolam (Rangoli) welcomed the visitors to one of the few surviving Nagarathar or Nattukottai Chettiar’s mansion. I stood outside its gates and was awed by the magnificent structure. The stucco work of Goddess Gajalakshmi in the façade symbolizing prosperity and the fortress like walls greeted me. I had arrived in the arid land of Chettinad, to explore its rich history of art…