Food of Thanjavur
Vegetarian Cuisine in Thanjavur
A very good vegetarian dish is Thavala Adai. Rice and lentils are its prime ingredients. Traditional cooking method make it little crispy on the outside while providing soft texture inside. It is served with its complimentary companion coconut chutney, tomoto gothsu or eggplant gothsu. It can also be served with rasam the combination of which makes it even more delicious. It is a very important Thanjavur dish.
Another testimonial of impeccable taste is Ashoka Halwa. It tastes sweet and is served as a desert before or after the cuisine. Special occasions like weddings, baby shower and festivals find themselves incomplete without Ashoka Halwa. The moong dal is the basic ingredient used and it also increases its nutritional value making it rich in fiber and protein. It can be seen as a healthy desert so you can gulp it without much worrying of adding some wasteful calories.
If you have to quench your thirst with something which has traditional taste of Thanjavur a good choice in the matter would be Paanagam. It is made in big barrels and distributed to volunteers during the festival of Theru Thiruvizha (The Chariot Festival). The festival falls during the month of May and also during August. Though the drink can be held at any time of the day in any month but the best time to have it is in summers because of its cooling properties. It is a superb instant energy booster and helps you to have relief from draining heat of summers. It is made from jaggery and lemon, cardamom and other ingredients enhance the taste.
Talking of drinks and quenching thirsts a marvelous drink to have is exotic drink Vasantha Neer. It is made from the water of coconut and the essence of mint quenches one's thirst and enhances appetite.
There are numerous wonder of taste in Thanjavur. Besides these prominent items other things in the cuisine include Boiled rice, a variety of dosas and idly, mouth watering uttapam and vada made up various lentils.
Non-Vegetarian Food in Thanjavur
Food from the sparkling sea includes fishes, crabs and lusciously tempting lobsters. Fishes are prepared in coconut milk that provides a very different taste to it. Love for non veg has transformed into popular culture and there are lots of non veg food providers that have come up that can deliver the food at your place at reasonable prices.
There are also restaurants that provide good non veg food at very reasonable price. Sathars restaurant that is situated on Gandhi ji road is often reviewed as one of the very fine restaurants by non veg lovers as the price is very reasonable and the quantity is plenty.