Madurai is a city still old-fashioned at heart. It is a city where masalas are still churned out by hand and the use of machines are limited at best. Madurai is religious with rich culinary heritage. It’s location in the heart of Tamil Nadu is central to all activity happening throughout the state. Madurai food culture is driven by influence of Gujarat, which had once lorded over the Madurai sultanate. The natives do not favor the use of cutlery. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to dig in with your hands. Here are few dishes quintessentially Madurai. Simmakal Konar Mess for instance is necessary feature of every Madurai meal. This triple decker extravaganza is built on a thick dosa, with an omelette and a layer of minced mutton. Find it in Simmakal locality in Madurai. Right on the Alagar Kovil road is the iconic house for Meen Kuzhambu, a fish curry polished off with rice. No Madurai food walk is complete without some Idli bingeing. Practically available on every corner, Idli in Madurai is served with four trademark chutneys and an Idli powder. One of the best gifts Madurai could give us was Jigarthanda. A trademark sweet cold dessert said to be brought by Arcot Nawabs is the perfect way to end Madurai meal.