Master Chef Karrupiah of The Bangala Hotel and cooking school in Karaikudi at work on a mutton recipe.

Karrupiah

Karrupiah is the master chef at The Bangala in the town of Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu’s Chettinad region. From the time I first met him in 2014, until my return with Pauli-Ann two years later, I dreamed of cooking with him. Karrupiah is the expression of what is good in all cooks. He lives to cook …

Karen enters the inner courtyard of a Chettiar mansion.

Karaikudi in Chettinad

Chettinad in Tamil Nadu has become a popular destination for food lovers, architectural buffs and antique hunters. The area is the ancestral homeland of the Chettiyars, a class of wealthy merchants who built their fortunes from trade and finance ventures in south east Asia. Because of their travels, their food is distinctly different from other …

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Welcome to Faces, Places and Plates. We begin our journey in South India No matter what places you visit in the world, sharing plates of food offers the chance to connect with the faces you meet. Cooking with locals creates insights into their daily life and culture. Lasting connections are forged even when language is …