27 September, 2020

Iconic Restaurants: South

From Biryanis to exotic fish curries, the South has it all...

Iconic Restaurants: South

Photograph by R.A. Chandroo

Murugan Idli Shop

A restaurant named as a shop is an oddity. But then it was born in Madurai known for such oddities. And it was made famous by another odd­ity: politician Subramanian Swamy. When the popular joint got locked by DMK strongman M.K. Alagiri’s men after a family dispute, Dr Swamy famously broke open its lock so as to resume its flow of famous hot fluffy idlis with a ring of four chutneys and spicy chilli powder soaked in gingely oil. A grateful Madurai even elected Swamy to the Lok Sabha election in 1998. Murugan Idli has not looked back having spread its wings across the state and its roaster consists of amazing onion oothappam, sakkarai pongal and white paniyaram. Ano­ther famous dish it popularised was Madurai’s unique dessert—Jigar­thanda—a delightfully flavoured ice-cream...



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