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Aiyra meen kuzhambu is a delicacy, with its unique taste. A breakfast in virudhunagar is incomplete without idly and ayira meen kuzhambu. The specialty of this fish being them bred in the local river. Back in the day, the river was teeming with fish, and hence, they were abundantly available, but now days, fish is also cultivated. These are small and boneless fish, often smaller than the nethili. The fish is thoroughly rinsed in butter milk so that it does not upset the stomach, and then cooked in a specially made gravy. Indian spiny loach is a very tiny fresh water fish found in rural south India. Considered a variety, due to its less availability and price. This fish has high medicinal value and much sought after.