Thoothukudi macaroon

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A Thoothukudi macroons (commonly referred as macroons or Tuticorin macaroon) is a special type of macaroon which was first made in the port town of Thoothukudi (formerly Tuticorin) in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. While macaroons are traditionally made from ground almonds, [1] Thoothukudi macaroons have cashew nuts as their major ingredient. [2]

Macaroon [[Food]]

A macaroon is a small biscuit/cookie, typically made from ground almonds, coconut, and/or other nuts or even potato, with sugar and sometimes flavorings, food coloring, glace cherries, jam, and/or a chocolate coating. Some recipes call for sweetened condensed milk. Macaroons are often baked on edible rice paper placed on a baking tray.

Thoothukudi City in Tamil Nadu, India

Thoothukudi is a port city and a municipal corporation and an industrial city in Thoothukudi district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The city lies in the Coromandel Coast of Bay of Bengal. Thoothukudi is the headquarters of Thoothukudi district. It is located about 590 kilometres south of Chennai and 190 kilometres northeast of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). According to Confederation of Indian Industry, Thoothukudi has the second highest Human Development Index in Tamil Nadu next to Chennai. Thoothukudi City serves as the headquarters of Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Limited. Major educational establishments in the city include Thoothukudi Medical College, Fisheries College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Maritime Academy, V.O.C. Arts & Science College, Government Polytechnic College,, Anna University Thoothukudi Campus. and Dr. Sivanthi Aditanar College of Engineering, Tiruchendur. V. O. Chidambaranar Port Trust is one of the fastest growing Major Ports in India. Thoothukudi is an "Emerging Energy and Industrial hub of South India".

Tamil Nadu State in Southern India

Tamil Nadu, formerly Madras State, is one of the 29 states of India. Its capital and largest city is Chennai. Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian subcontinent and is bordered by the union territory of Puducherry and the South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. It is bounded by the Eastern Ghats on the north, by the Nilgiri Mountains, the Meghamalai Hills, and Kerala on the west, by the Bay of Bengal in the east, by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait on the southeast, and by the Indian Ocean on the south. The state shares a maritime border with the nation of Sri Lanka.


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Tuticorin Macaroons


Thoothukudi macaroons are basically European macaroons indianised in Thoothukudi. Local legend states that Portuguese sailors who came to Thoothukudi used local labour for baking macaroons who improvised it to the present form. [3] A similar product is also widely popular in the bakeries of Mangalore.. These macaroons also owe their origins to the Portuguese colonialisation of Goa and the subsequent migration of Goan Catholics to South Canara.

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