Erode lies in the western parts of Tamil Nadu state. Each region brings something different to the plate, however, the cuisine that you will find in and around Erode would be Kongunadu cuisine. Unlike Chettinad, the flavour profile of Kongu cuisine is not that well known in Chennai yet the dishes pack quite a flavourful punch. Natives use sesame seeds, grated turmeric, groundnuts, dry ginger, dry coconut, jeera, to enhance their cuisine. Erode killu kari is a spicy mutton dish often eaten with steamed rice. Another non-vegetarian dish to add to the daily plate is Erode pallipalayam chicken. Red chillis give it a distinct flavour. Poricha kootu is a fried lentil stew served with rice to chapathis. A sweet and salty rice porridge is largely eaten for breakfast around Erode called Kanji. Banana flower vada, drumstick soup, raagi idiyappam, mutton kuzhambu, kola urundai are popularly consumed throughout Erode. Natives have a sweet tooth as well, which they indulge with tender coconut payasam, a rice pudding flavoured by coconut and pathanir halwa. The cuisine has a little bit sweet taste. Sadly, many of traditional Kongu dishes are lost to the world. However, natives are vigilant towards reviving their heritage.