‘Chettinad’, a region of the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, India has the repertoire for one of the most renowned cuisine of South India. It is a cuisine of the Nattukottai Chettiar community. The cuisine boasts of very spicy, delicious and flavorful dishes. The region hosts an array of fragrant spices which are well represented in its dishes. There is a basic spice mix which is tweaked as per requirement of various dishes like chicken Chettinad, Prawn Chettinad, Chettinadu muttai masala (spicy egg masala curry), Palkatti Chettinadu (paneer/cottage cheese curry) to name a few.
Here I would like to share this basic masala powder recipe which can be used in various vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes as per desired proportion and tweaked and incorporated as per individual preference.