Welcome to Chettinad, the world of phenomenal South Indian cuisine. Chettinad is a small village in the Southern Tamil Nadu State of India. Chettinad is known for its culinary delicacies and now is one of the many reasons why people get to know Chettinad.We are a no fuss, no frill, stylish, laid back diner, who just speaks of truly and honest South Indian food in the heart of Central London.
We only know how to cook-up good home comfort authentic food freshly made to order with understated approach to service. No meal is complete without traditional Dosa, lentil pancake eaten any time during the day.
Well! Certainly it isn't just another Curry House!!! "Ideal place to try something new if you are a South Indian food virgin"
Back home in Chettinad, your dishes are served on a huge fresh banana leaf, a disposable platter. Contact with your food is direct and tactile as you eat with your right hand, mixing wet into dry ingredients - a messy business for the uninitiated. In Chettinad Restaurant here, we want you to experience authentic original flavours, therefore you would find some of our dishes served with fresh banana leaf.
Today we appreciate and respect that you have entrusted your palate to us, we will take great loving care and take your taste buds on a journey where each mouthful sings a new magical ‘‘WOW’’ note.
Enjoy your meal at Chettinad- The Village Restaurant, where “QUALITY MEETS TRADIITON”
Chettinad cuisine is famous for its use of a variety of spices used in preparing mainly non-vegetarian food. The dishes are hot and pungent with fresh ground masalas, and topped with a boiled egg that is usually considered an essential part of a meal. They also use a variety of sun-dried meats and salted vegetables, reflecting the dry environment of the region. The meat is restricted to fish, prawn, squid, crab, chicken and mutton. Chettiars do not eat beef and pork.
Most of the dishes are eaten with rice and rice based accompaniments such as dosais, appams, idiyappams, adais and idlis.
Chettinad is known for its culinary delicacies, and the local cooking is one of the many reasons why people visit the area. The cuisine is essentially spicy, and meals consist of cooked lentils, Avial, drumstick sambar and ghee for flavouring rice.
Dosa is a fermented crepe or pancake made from rice batter and black lentils. This staple dish is widely popular in all southern Indian states. In Chettinad, dosa is widely popular filling with lamb masala, chicken masala and prawan masala. They are typically served with a vegetarian side dish such as Sambhar and coconut chutney.
If you are a new to South Indian cuisine, it is an absolute must that you try Dosa meal in Chettinad restaurant and you will certainly will not be dissapointed.
In Chettinad cuisnes , the most famous dish is the Chettinad Kolli/Aadu (Chicken/lamb curry) and this is a fiery curry. While Chettinad Chicken goes perfectly with Dosa and it tastes equally good with Parathas (pan fried Indian flatbread) and even plain boiled rice or tomato rice.
In Chettinad food, the most important spices are maratti mokku (dried flower pods), anasipoo (star aniseed) and kalpasi ("black stone flower"). In addition, tamarind, whole red chillies, and sombu (fennel seed) are also used along with pattai (cinnamon), lavangam (cloves), bay leaf, karu miLagu (peppercorn), jeeragam (cumin seeds), and venthayam (fenugreek).
At Chettinad restaurant, we daily grind all the authentic spices specially brought over from India to make the fresh Chettinad Masala to make the “Chettinad Kolli” and “Chettinad Aadu”curry. This is our headline dish and its preparation which takes over 10hours to make the fresh masala.