Food and specialties.: Tamil
Tamil cuisine groups dishes under four slightly overlapping categories.
First are the dishes that necessarily are mixed with rice; various Kuzhambu, Sambhar, Paruppu, Rasam, More|yoghurt, Kadaiyals and the likes belong to this category. The second are the side dishes that accompany such mixture; Kootu, Kari, Poriyal, Pickles, Papads fall into this category. Third are the short snacks and their accompaniants; vadai, chips, bonda, bajji, soups, various chutneys, thayir pachadi and the likes belong to this category. Fourh category is usually the rich, sweet dishes that serve as desserts; Payasam, Gheer, Kesari and plethora of Indian sweets belongs to this category.