Chettinad is a region of southern Tamil Nadu, India, famous for its culinary delicacies. The famous range of food includes sea food, chicken and lamb apart from the mouthwatering vegetarian options.
Madras Chettinad has been gaining a reputation as one of the best Indian restaurants in Georgia, and I do not doubt that. I dined at Madras Chettinad for dinner January 21 and was blown away with the amount of diverse options the restaurant offered.
The food at Madras Chettinad appears somewhat intimidating with its dark colors and spicy smells, but the varieties of dishes have a more remarkable depth. For the main course, I had vegetable samosa, paneer Chili, chicken 65, butter naan, and puffed rice.
The vegetable samosa is a battered and fried eggplant, which I have to say tastes delicious. When I bit into the vegetable samosa, I had a quick taste of fried goodness that left quickly, leaving me wanting more. The taste was so delicious – I could not wait to take another bite.
There were a few desserts to choose from, but I went with gulab jamun. Gulab jamun is made of fried milk and flour, formed into balls dipped in cardamom flavored sugar syrup. This dessert reminded me of funnel cakes with powder sugar, which forced me to get seconds.
As part of Indian tradition, I was challenged to eat my meal with only my right hand and Naan bread. Naan bread is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread, typical of and popular in West, Central and South Asia. Throughout the night, I learned about the different spices used in the dishes and how some of them are used in American cuisine.
For those of you searching for an authentic culinary experience, try Madras Chettinad.