Samayal Rani contest: 4 finalists from Selaiyur, Tambaram

By Aaditya Anand M Published on Jul 23, 2018 05:19 PM IST

Contestants at the Samayal Rani contest at Tambaram - Selaiyur.

"Good food keeps a person healthy but at present most people do not care about what they consume which has to led to the rise of several new diseases," said Veda Ramachandran, founder of Veda Yoga, who was the judge for the first leg of Talk Media's ‘Talk Samayal Rani Yaaru’ round 2 cooking contest held at Sembakkam Community Hall, Selaiyur, on 8 July.

Busy contestants Meraline S and Aarthy.

Contestants from Selaiyur and Tambaram battled it out at the event. A total of nine contestants participated in the semi-finals of which four emerged winners and qualified for the final round to be held 29 July.

Contestants enthusiastically prepared different dishes within the stipulated time of one hour and their family members came along to support them.

Judge Veda interacts with contestant R Sarada.

The four winners were R Sarada from Rajakilpakkam - who prepared Methi Chappathi with Vegetable Manchurian - Ezhil Selvi Raja from East Tambaram, - who prepared Sprouts Biriyani - Padmavathy from East Tambaram - who prepared vegetable stuffed Paneer Chappathi quesadilla with capsicum - and D V Shyamala from East Tambaram who prepared a different dish called Narangi Soup.

Checking out a dish prepared by Padmavathy.

"Our judgement was based on three main factors. One, whether the food prepared had healthy ingredients in it; two, whether the food can be consumed by people across all age groups; and three, taste," said Veda Ramachandran.

Ezhil Selvi Rajah poses with her dish and grandson.

Contestants who qualified for the finals were given prizes. "We are very happy to have qualified for the finals and also appreciate Talk Media for organising events like these through which the talent of homemakers like me would come out," said Ezhil Selvi Raja, one of the winners.




D V Syamala, one of the winners, with the narangi soup dish.

Sujathaa gives total concentration to the noodles dish.

Emcee Balasubramani interviews contestant K Premalakshmi.

Lalitha Venkatramani dished out channa pulav.

Another view of the contest.

All hands on deck.

Judge Veda has a word with a contestant.

Looking at minute details.

No time to stand and stare.

The contestants had also brought along their families to cheer them up. Here are some of the snaps of these 'other participants'.

Emcee chatting up Rajakilpakkam Rajamannar.

Meraline shows off her dish with her family.

Contestant Sujathaa's son Aditya giving a byte.

Smiles all around.

Chatting time.


A guest in conversation with the emcee.

The ever-popular talk.

Emceeing was not a tall order for Balasubramani.