South Indian cooking categorizes foods into six tastes — sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter, and astringent. A well-balanced South Indian meal contains all six tastes. Many of the recipes have been handed over through generations and thanks to changing times and mechanical way of life, many of the recipes have almost become extinct. I will try to recreate some of the authentic Tamil Nadu recipes here which I have learnt from my grandma, aunts, mother and mother-in-law. Some contents may have fusion of recipes because I am not intending this site to be a research paper on authentic Tamil cooking , but a site that might help many children living around the world or even in India living away from their parents. Disclaimer: All the recipes have been tried by me and I need to caution that taste may tend to vary because of the availability of ingredients.