easy recipes to get started in Tamil gastronomy

For these recipes from That’s good for us! heading south and southeast of India and Sri Lanka where the Tamil community is to discover the gastronomy. “The Tamil, in fact, it is a language spoken mainly in southern India, southeastern India and northern Sri Lanka. And today, at Tamil community is present all over the world, this is the diaspora. There is a community in France, but there is also a community in England, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries, in Europe, in the United States, in Canada, “said Selva, a blogger, illustrator and author of the book. At the table of a Tamil family – My parents’ recipes.

“I never found my mom’s food at the restaurant. After that, I try to figure out why and I think maybe it’s a kitchen that is very assertive, very frank in terms of flavors, “Selva continues.”

And maybe it scares restaurateurs and they also prefer to stay in more comforting and familiar flavors of the French and Western palate. Furthermore, you can find several Tamil restaurants near the Gare du Nord in Paris“Selva described.

How to describe Tamil cuisine?

„It’s a pretty raw kitchen (…) I like it too bring it closer to Mexican cuisine. Finally, these are areas where, in fact, there is roughly the same climate. So it’s very hot, it’s tropical, it can be arid in places and suddenly, even in terms of cultivation, we find about the same ingredients, “said the author ofAt the table of a Tamil family.

“It simply came to our notice then lots of legumes in southern India, peas. But in fact, we also grow a lot of rice, chili, pepper (…) And it is a cuisine that is very creamy compared to French cuisine. It’s really different and we use a lot less dairy than in northern India, for example, “adds Selva.

It’s pouring cook tamoule at home you need “a fairly substantial list of spices” and “mainly mustard seeds which are essential for South Indian cuisine, cumin seeds, fennel, a few lentils and also rice, obviously not a spice, but the main ingredient, “says the cartoonist. turmericof ground tuber, des coriander seeds.

Sukku Kaapi’s recipe

“It is a drink which is made from dried ginger, “says Selva ginger with a mortar and then roast it dry. Add spices like pepper, cinnamon and coriander seeds. Roast everything and add a little sugar which will caramelize, then water. Let infuse for a good ten minutes before filter then to drink this drink.

The recipe for rice with yogurt

If you have to White Yogurt, you simply mix it with well-cooked and salted white rice. To embellish and add a little crunchiness and flavor, you can add example of small concoction bottles, otherwise small chunks of mango or carrots cut very, very finely into cubes. You can accompany this rice with yogurtan express garlic and harissa sauce. “It’s very simple, so a little harissa, a little olive oil, a clove of crushed garlic, a little salt. You mix and that’s it,” Selva concludes.

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