Chettinad cuisine is from the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu, South India. The Chettiar community, who are a majority in this region is credited with this cuisine. Chettinad cuisine is famous for it's liberal use of fresh ground Masalas and is the spiciest and most aromatic in India. Chettiars do not eat Beef and Pork. In Chettinad food, the most important spices are Marathi Mokku (dried Flower Pods), Star Anise and Black Stone Flower or Kalpasi (a rare dried flower).
*Fresh grated Coconut tastes better. If you do not have a Coconut grater, cut the Coconut flesh into 1 inch pieces, with just enough water grind in a blender to make a paste.