Life today has become fast and lifestyle changes have made people addicted to food and eatables that can be readily made. Fast food is the name coined for such food items which are either pre-cooked or can be cooked in lesser time than regular food.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) often touted as a health elixir, has a distinct taste, that doesn’t sit well with every palate. And when it comes to salad dressings and dips, vinegar always adds that edge to the dish. So, if you are also in a fix about what to add in place of ACV, here is a list of healthy alternatives that are equally good. (Image: istock)

South India is known for its varied range of spices, many of which are being exported to different nations for centuries. The most important spices produced in South India are cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves and pepper. The region is famous for a wide range of spicy foods with each state differing others predominantly from the spiciness of food, its different varieties and method of cooking. The staple food of locals of the region including some Brahmin communities is rice which is best savoured with Sambhar or curry. 

The staple food of Tamil Nadu is rice which forms part of a typical Tamil meal and savoured with different mildly or richly spiced vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Although most of the Tamilians barring the Brahmins and certain non-Brahmin communities are non-vegetarians, they usually consume vegetarian meals with meat intake being quite infrequent compared to other non-vegetarians across the globe. 

The various Tamil dishes can be categorised in different groups starting from the regular meals, the light meals, snacks, desserts and different accompaniments.