Here is a collection of some of the famous food local to Salem, Tamilnadu.
Salem district – A vacation to a well-known place is never complete without tasting their popular dishes. The same applies to Salem also. Rich in tradition, this place also provides good quality and delicious food. Some famous foods in Salem are:
Operating for the past 80 years, Sri Kandavilas Hotel is a mess which is steeped in tradition. Their non-vegetarian dishes are really popular with the locals and people throng to the mess to taste these dishes. Their most celebrated dish Naatu Kozhi Roast is healthy as well as appetizing. They use a traditional homemade paste of different spices (ginger, garlic, aniseed, poppy seeds, cinnamon, clove, and pepper). Other dishes provided by them are Mutton Chukka and Fish Fry. This mess has become popular just by word-of-mouth. Head over to this little mess in Salem to get a taste of homemade food.
NNR Biryani Hotel is a small eatery where you can get to have the never-heard-before dish Essence Dosa. This is a special type of dosa where mutton stew is cooked first. The essence of the mutton seeps through the water in which it is cooked. A mixture consisting of onion, tomato, turmeric powder, ginger-garlic paste, and homemade mutton masala and the mutton stew is mixed along with it. After the boiling of this mixed mutton stew, groundnut powder, pepper powder and salt are added to it. This thick essence is poured upon the dosa and served for eating. This dish is available only for Rs. 15 per plate.
If you are craving for a complete authentic non-vegetarian meal, visit Hotel Usha Rani. They provide a complete thali consisting of naatu kozhi varuval, mutton brain fry, mutton curry, mutton biryani, boneless chicken 65, egg poriyal, and curd. Their mutton biryani is so famous that many people around Tamilnadu visit this hotel just to taste their biryani.
Mangala Vilas Non-Veg Hotel in Salem provides different varieties of non-vegetarian dishes even for breakfast. Their famous dish is Kadamba Kuzhambu. The specialty of this kuzhambu lies in the Kadamba powder which is a mixture of cardamom, cinnamon, poppy seeds, aniseed, cumin seeds, cloves, fenugreek seeds, coriander, and brinji leaves. This delicious mutton Kadamba kuzhambu is a perfect side-dish for dosa and other tiffin items. So if you wish to have a fulfilling non-veg dish for breakfast, head over to Mangala Vilas Non-Veg Hotel.
Salem has the most interesting street food – Thattu Vada. This dish is available in many street food shops. Mango-ginger-chilli chutney is added to this small thattu vadas which brings out the unique taste of this dish. There are over 10,000 street food shops in Salem and you can try this dish in any one of them.
When you are in Salem, don’t miss to eat in these famous foods that are only available in Salem