Pondicherry is known for its food. Naturally. The French have an ancient culinary tradition that married with local cuisines to create what one writer calls a “mosaic of culinary integration”. Pondicherry is the one place in India where one can buy bona fide French baguettes, brioches and pastries. Those apart, local restaurants specialise in good French food that is served up along side Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati and Punjabi cuisines.
Among the authentic Pondicherry preparations, Assad and Podanlangkai are worth trying. The Franco-Indian dishes come with mouthwatering French sauces, turmeric, dark mustard seeds and the rich flavor of curry leaves. Crab Malabar is a delicious Malabar preparation of crab in corn kernels and poppy seeds.
Once you are in Pondicherry you cannot to miss the sumptuous Smoked Aubergine Crush. This special item is prepared over burning charcoal.