There are so many traditional foods, dishes, and cooking techniques, that tourists will find new. I was overwhelmed by the diversity of fragrances and tastes that emerge from this passionate and bountiful land, Nagercoil, a place situated in Tamil Nadu.
Nagercoil (Nagaraja koyil, meaning "temple of Nagas") is a city located in the Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu, India. Nagercoil is famous for many things like its food, culture, tourism, wind energy, fishery, rubber production and export, architecture, etc. When I started this post, I had the intention to make a “Top 5 Foods in Nagercoil”, but while writing, I realized that I just can’t decide the order, so I chose to make a list instead. For me, each of these foods tells a story, reminding me of some sweet moments spent in Nagercoil with my family.
I have never seen all of these varieties of banana in my life. At the local markets of Nagercoil, you'll see many kinds of bananas having different tastes too. These above are some of them which I tasted and loved a lot! I personally loved all of them but Nendran is my most favorite among all of them. Each fruit of Nendran measures about 8 to 12 inches. It has a firm texture, sweet and slightly sour taste. It can be stored for 3-4 days even after it's fully ripped. This was the first time I saw and tasted Red banana. It is the most nutritious of all. Red banana has a sweet and sour taste. It's a good source of VItamin B6, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C. Bhim Kol is a good source of calcium and zinc. it can be used in many ways. I made chips from it. I found Poovan and Elaichi banana similar in taste but it differs in nutritive values and size too. As banana is locally Produced in Tamil Nadu, it's way cheaper in local markets as compared to here, in Mumbai.
I have seen 2 varieties of coconut in Nagercoil. I saw orange coconut for the first time. It tastes slightly different from the green one. The orange colour indicates its nutritional value. It appeared to be yellow due to a compound called carotenoids. Carotenoids help to improve the immune system of the human body. This coconut water has a high amount of electrolytes and the sweetness present in this water is natural due to sucrose and fructose. the orange coconut is called King coconut. I found the taste of green coconut better than the orange one. I personally don't enjoy drinking coconut water but during my entire stay I used to drink coconut water every day and I loved those tasty coconuts!
Mathur Aqueduct or Mathur Hanging Bridge, place in Aruvikkarai, Tamil Nadu, where I saw pineapple farming. Pineapple is widely cultivated in Tamil Nadu. I enjoy eating pineapple due to its pleasant taste and flavor. Pineapple which I ate in Tamil Nadu had a sweet and slightly tangy taste. Pineapple is a good source of vitamin C, Vitamin A, Magnesium, calcium, and iron. Here you will find Pineapples at a very cheap cost for around Rs. 20-25 only. I also made "Pineapple Jam" and my family finished it in 2days. If you ever get a chance to visit Kanyakumari, I would recommend you to visit this place Mathur Hanging Bridge, and yes, also enjoy Pineapple as I did!
4. PALMYRA SPROUT
It is an underground sprout of Palmyra Palm. It is cultivated in Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Telangana, Andra Pradesh, and Maharashtra. I got this when we visited Kanyakumari Beach, our driver got this for us to try the taste. This whole bunch of Palmyra sprout was for Rs20 and it was boiled. He asked us to peel the cover of it before eating. They are very fibrous and hence good for digestion. It tastes like Karanda or Air Potato. They are consumed either boiled or roasted in earthen pots. I recommend you all to try it once as I guarantee you will like it!
Tapioca is a starchy root. It is rich in carbohydrates and has little protein and fiber. It tastes slightly similar to a potato. I personally love tapioca chips they are crunchier than potato chips. And the best thing about tapioca is that it required too little oil to get that crunchy texture. You can easily get this at your local markets too. Nowadays tapioca is also made into flour to substitute wheat in baking. It's naturally gluten-free.
How can I miss "Spices"...
In Tamil Nadu variety of spices are cultivated like chilies, clove, black paper, cinnamon, cardamom, curry leaves, and many more. The taste and flavor of these spices are incredible. Spices have antibacterial properties and they also prevent infectious diseases. If you ever visit Tamil Nadu don't forget to buy all the spices.
There are many more new foods which explored in Nagercoil like fishes, varieties of cucumbers, chilies and many leafy vegetables. I ate a lot of fishes but I don't recollect the names of them. this was the first time I saw such a big cucumber and this cucumber is used in cooking. In local markets of Nagercoil, you can get lots of leafy vegetables of the same varieties which we get in Mumbai like Amaranth leaves (Green and Red), Spinach, Moringa leaves, etc. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram to see my pictures from Kanyakumari. I'll be posting them soon!
If you ever visit Kanyakumari make sure you try these foods. And also let me know if you discovered any other food than these, I would be happy to know about it and try it. I personally loved Kanyakumari so much and the local people are welcoming and so sweet. The only problem I faced was the language.
This being said, I hope you find this article helpful. If you have any food suggestions from Kanyakumari, do not hesitate to share them in the comments below.
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