The cooking customs
of a people articulate their attitudes to life. Consumption a healing diet packed with therapeutic foods
that aid prevent and care for diseases in nature. Diet conceivably plays one of the
most significant roles in our daily life and wellbeing. Our diets should be as
such that we sustain symmetry of vatham, pitham and kabham. There is that Tamil
motto “Unavae marunthu; marunthae unavu” which means food is medicine,
medicine is food. Siddhars like Thiruvalluvar well thought-out and equated food
to medicine decades back to craft the value of nutrition. Our ancestors survived on older rice and farm grown
millets, spices. Earlier, habitual food objects had played an integral role in
people’s lives, providing nutrition to them and ensuring a strong connection
between the community and the land. People knew what to eat, how much to eat
and when to eat it even before the formal knowledge of nutrition and balanced diet. There
was no need for medicines or dietary supplements, Food was used as the
cure. The Siddha and Ayurvedic method of
healing were all born from this period old practice, we can find evidence
of this in ancient scripting and novels. Traditional Tamil cuisine is
perhaps the oldest representative of the continuous vegetarian cultures of the
world. . Traditional recipes produce an unique merge of medicinal spices, that
makes the food very delicious, nutritious and hearty. Vegetables, Millets, Lentils,
Meats and Dairy products are the foundation. A healthy diet promote healing without medication and helpful in
prevention of diseases also. Nevertheless, there is still hope. Many
have come to realize the downfalls of fast food and the conventional and
commercial food habits and are now seeking to return to millets and other
healthy alternatives. Slowly,
traditional food is being popularized and is making a way back into
the lives of our people. This study aims to carve up well-liked healthy and
traditional recipes for a healthier living.