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The Tamil name for Fennel is "Perunjeeragam". Literally the Tamil name means bigger seeragam (seeragam = cumin).

In present day, Tamil cuisine and in general Indian cuisine, fennel plays a major role. In Tamil cusine, there are various ways of using Perunjeeragam:


Fennel seeds:
A few fennel seeds are fried in oil before making certain dishes. Eating few fennel seeds helps in digestion.

fennel seeds


Powdered Fennel seeds:
Fennel seeds are dried, milled and powdered. This is the most common form of use.


Sugar coated Fennel seeds:
Raw fennel seeds are sugar coated and fried. This is used as a mouth freshener as well as they are good for digestion. Most of the restaurants give this to eat after meal.

Popular dish where Fennel is used:
Sambar, Rasam

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