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Chef Takes Rural TN Delicacies to Solely South Indian Michelin Star Restaurant


Semma, which is a colloquial Tamil phrase for superior or very good, in all probability greatest describes the temper on this New York Metropolis restaurant that obtained its first Michelin star this week. Located within the West Village, Semma is at the moment the one Michelin-starred South Indian restaurant within the metropolis, as per Bon Appetit. 

The Michelin information introduced the listing for 2022 on October 6. The year-old restaurant is run by hospitality group Unapologetic Meals Roni Mazumdar and chef Chintan Patel. It’s headed by Chef Vijay Kumar, who specialises in regional, rural South Indian delicacies.  

 Semma celebrates South Indian delicacies with delicacies like kudal varuval (goat intestines), meen pollichathu (fish), nandu masala (crab), nathai pirattal (snail), and naturally, Dindigul biryani, dosas and pesarattu.

These dishes are one thing that Kumar grew up consuming in Natham, Dindigul. It additionally makes use of Ponni rice, which is grown in Tamil Nadu.

The Nathai pirattal is a tribute to Kumar’s grandmother.

“We’ve a variety of rice farms [back home]. We might go to her throughout the holidays in her village (close to Madurai) and would go searching or foraging for snails within the fields — that was our leisure. My grandmother used to make such an incredible gravy out of snails. That was a novel dish,” mentioned Kumar to Mint. 

Talking about his restaurant enterprise overseas, Kumar instructed the New York Instances, “We’re fully specializing in true southern Indian meals, precisely how we grew up consuming it again house.”

They purpose to really characterize Indian delicacies.

“Although there have been some good Indian eating places right here, there’s nothing that’s actually consultant of our delicacies’s regionality and depth. We’re right here to inform the true story of India. Quite a lot of these recipes are being forgotten, even in India,” mentioned Roni to the Hindu.

Edited by Yoshita Rao

‘This ls the Full Checklist of NYC Eating places That Stored, Earned, or Misplaced Michelin Stars in 2022’ by Nico Avalle for Bon Appetit, Revealed on 06 October 2022
‘South Indian Meals That Goes Again to Its Roots, at Semma’ by Pete Wells for The New York Instances, Revealed on 10 January 2022
‘Manhattan tastes rural Tamil delicacies’ by Shonali Muthalaly for The Hindu, Revealed on 10 November 2021
‘How a South Indian restaurant in New York honours its roots’ by Preeti Zachariah for Mint Lounge, Revealed on 31 January 2022


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