The traditional food of Kerala is greatly influenced by the history and culture of the state. This Southern region of India has lots of options in food for everyone who wishes to try different types of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. It has an abundance of coconut, tapioca, rice, and spices like cloves, black pepper, ginger, and cinnamon. Kerala is also famous for its Sadhya cuisine that is being served by people at the Hindu festival Onam and consisting of boiled rice and a host of vegetarian dishes on a banana leaf. It has cuisine also features a lot of seafood like fish, mussels, prawns, and crabs because of its long coastline. Each dish of this state will give you the experiences and will take you on a joyride!
My attempt is to bring together the most famous cuisine of the Kerala that will definitely arouse your appetite for more!
Idiyappam with Curry
This cuisine is also known as Noolappam in Kerala. This famous dish ‘Idiyappam’ is made of rice flour, salt and water with a number of thin strands or sevai entwined together to give a beautiful texture to this dish. It is its texture that makes it more delightful. You can enjoy this food with all kinds of curries, whatever you like the most. But yet you didn’t try this cuisine then taste it with the Egg Curry and it will give you gastronomic experiences that probably make you feel heavenly.
Puttu and Kadala Curry
Puttu and Kadala curry is a famous vegetarian breakfast savored in homes and restaurants alike, across this Southern region of India. It is made of rice powder mixed with coconut and water and then steamed in cylindrical steel or coconut shaped mould. You can have this cuisine with kadala curry, ripe bananas, and grated coconut! Kadala curry is made of black chickpeas that cooked in thick, aromatic coconut gravy. Don’t be fooled with the simple appearance of this dish because it can be flavorsome! You can cook this cuisine easily for a quick and healthy breakfast.
Another delicacy of Kerala cuisine Appam, it is made of rice powder, coconut milk, coconut water, and a little bit of sugar. It looks like a thin pancake-like bowl with crispy edges and can be enjoyed any time breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It can be combined with vegetarian gravies such as stew, and sometimes also mango pieces. It can also be an excellent sidekick for non-vegetarian fares such as chicken curry, mutton, and Kerala’s favorite, beef. Best to consumed fresh, it can lose its taste as it cools down. The aromas of spices with the lovely fragrance of coconut milk which will make you feel happy and satisfied. Start your day with all the goodness of Appam.
Nadan Kozhi Varuthathu
You can never go wrong with fried chicken: a delicious appetizer, perfect for a starter or dinner party! Well, who doesn’t love fried stuff? It is the favorite meat of 99% of the entire population and this variety of chicken fry is something that is out of this world. Serve it with onion, spices, garlic, coriander and vinegar on a banana leaf. Nadan Kozhi Varuthathu is fried chicken made with special spices. You can try it with chapattis, naan, Kerala Porotha, rice, appam or as you want to. It is also considered as popular street food in Kerala. The fiery taste of this famous cuisine will make you forget KFC for sure.
We don’t eat chips only when we feel hungry right? Chips are a multi-purpose food that has always stayed by our side when we are watching movies or web-series, in the times of boredom, sessions, at birthday and daaru parties the list still goes on. These fried banana chips are surely a great snack, a side dish and sometimes, traditional food on most occasions in this Southern region of India. These golden and crunchy chips are made from raw banana. This snack is one of the most popular tea-time snacks which are being served at homes and restaurants around Kerala. Enjoy the soft and crunchy batch of banana chips along with a hot cup of tea and make the most of the rainy season.
Malabar Chicken Biryani
Malabar Chicken Biriyani is a non-vegetarian dish that has taken over the food world. Without any doubt ‘Malabar Chicken Biryani’ is one of the favorite’s non-veg foods of Keralites. This flavored dish from the Malabar region of Kerala has made its place in the hearts of Malayalis and especially amongst Biriyani lovers from all across the state. This biryani is more popular for its special taste and aroma. It is a complete meal that can be served at lunch or dinner. You might have tasted different versions of Biryani’s all across the country, but the taste of Malabar Chicken Biriyani is enough to lure foodies to the kitchen! Add some salad or raita to give your taste buds a kick.
Kerala Style Prawn Curry
This traditional food of Kerala is a must-try for all prawn lovers! The traditional prawn curry of Kerala is filled with delicious and aromatic flavors of spices. It is popular for its delicious fish and prawn curries which are cooked with fresh spices like pepper, chili, salt and turmeric, and then it is being cooked in coconut milk and jaggery to give it a final touch, and lastly garnish it with curry leaves. In fact, it is one of the most exotic seafood dishes you should try in Kerala. You can have it with rice, chapattis, parathas and get a trip to heaven.
If you are visiting Kerala or planning to come here, don’t forget to try these exciting Keralites food. It would be a very interesting experience.