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Kerala Cuisines

Kerala has a cuisine as distinctive as its cultural life. Influenced by its long coastline and flavored by the all-pervasive coconut, it is enriched by exotic fruits,vegetable and seafood and garnished with the distinctive aroma of spices.Kerala cuisine has a combination of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared using fish, poultry and meat. Culinary spices have been cultivated in Kerala for millennial and they are characteristic of its cuisine. The cuisine of Kerala is characterized by the use of coconut, either chopped or grated and used as garnishing, coconut milk or paste is used to thicken gravies and coconut oil is used for cooking. Though one can’t imagine Kerala food without chilies, curry leaf, mustard seed, tamarind and asafetida.

Rice is a dominant staple that is eaten at all times of day. Breakfast dishes are frequently based on the rice preparations idli, puttu Idiyappam, or pulse-based vada or tapioca. These may be accompanied by chutney, kadala, payasam, payar poppadum. Beside these the regular south-Indian delicacies like Idli and Dosa are common among the people of Kerala which is teamed up with sour sambar and coconut chutney. The most popular dish of Kerala is Avial which is made up of vegetables, coconut paste and green chilies.

Appam is a basic meal made with fermented rice batter having crust sides and spongy middle and can be enjoyed with egg masala, meat recipes or fish curry. Lunch dishes include rice and curry along with rasam, pulisherry and sambar. Sadhya is a vegetarian dish, often served on a banana leaf and followed with a cup of payasam which is a sweet dish made with milk, sugar, jaggery and coconut. Popular snacks include banana chips, yam crisps, tapioca chips, unniyappam and kuzhalappam. Non-vegetarian dishes, including those with beef and pork, are popular in the state. Sea food specialties include karimeen, prawn, shrimp and other lobster dishes.

World’s Best Breakfast

Kerala wakes up to one of the best breakfasts in the world- both in terms of taste and nutritional value. Some of the items taht usually occupy the morning table are the puttu(made of rice flour and coconut) and kadala(gram) curry; idiappam (noodle-like rice cakes) and egg/vegetable curry; appam (soft centered pancakes) and mutton/ vegetable stew. Little wonder that Travel & Leisure chose Kerala morning spread as one of the best breakfasts of the world!

Sumptuous Sadya

Served on plantain leaf and eaten with the hand, the sadya is the traditional feast of Kerala. A five course meal, the sadya includes an amazing variety if up to 27 vegetarian delights. Crispy pappadoms (wafers deep fried in coconut oil ) and a variety of pickles accompany this sumptuous spread. The sadya is rounded off with different varieties of payasams(sweet deserts).

Seafood Delights

With the long coastline , over 44 rivers, innumerable lagoons and lakes, Kerala has abundant marine wealth. Among the seafood delicacies are prawns, lobsters, crabs, mussels etc. all enticingly cooked with exotic spices. karimeen or pearlspot a backwater fish is famous for it great taste.

Irresistible Delicacies

The Moplah cuisine of Malabar and Syrian Christian cuisine of central Kerala are unique in its rich flavor. While the former show clear Arabic influences, the latter has been influenced by Syrian , Dutch, Portuguese and the British. Extensive use of fish, red chillies and kudampuli, a souring agent sets apart Syrian cuisine. The lightly flavored aromatic Malabari Biryani is treat for the taste buds.


Famous Kerala Cuisines

Jackfruit Rice Cake

Jackfruit Rice Cake

Jack fruit Rice Cake is very Delicious and Enjoyable Dessert Dish in Kerala.It is prepared Especially during the Heaty afternoon or summer Days. The rice flour coat leaves a cooling sensation in the mouth and... more »
Mathanga vilayichathu

Mathanga vilayichathu

Mathanga vilayichathu (Pumpkin sweet) is very Delicious sweet Dish prepared in South India.It is prepared Especially during the Heaty afternoon or summer Days.The rice flour coat leaves a cooling sensation in the mouth and the... more »
Cheru Payaru

Cheru Payaru

[caption id="attachment_20017" align="alignleft" width="300"] (Src: nimis540.wordpress.com)[/caption]Cheru Payaru or Whole Green Gram is also known as Mung Bean/Moong Bean/Green Soy/Golden Gram etc. It is very nutritious and high in proteins.Cheru Payaru can be used for making... more »
Puttu

Puttu

Puttu is a South Indian Dish of rice flour in cylindrical shape layered with coconut. It is highly popular in the Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu as well as in many areas of... more »
Sambar

Sambar

Sambar is a vegetable stew or chowder based on a broth made with tamarind and pigeon peas, and is very popular in the cooking of southern regions of India, especially in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka... more »
Dosa

Dosa

Dosa is common breakfast and famous dish of southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Dosa is a fermented crepe or pancake made from rice batter and black lentils.Since its constituent... more »
Fish Curry

Fish Curry

Fish Curry is one of the famous and important dishes of Kerala India. Located at the bay of Arabian Sea Kerala enjoys this dish a lot. There are various ways to make fish curries and... more »
Coconut Chutney

Coconut Chutney

[caption id="attachment_20025" align="alignleft" width="300"] Coconut Chutney ( Src: Flicker, Ancy Alexander )[/caption]Chutney is a mixture of Spices, vegetables or Fruits. Kerala food has a variety of Chutney along with the food they eat. Chutney is... more »
Avial

Avial

[caption id="attachment_20012" align="alignleft" width="300"] Avial Recipe Kerala (Src: Flicker, eatwell.in )[/caption]Avial is an important part of the Kerala Vegetarain Feast. It is a thick mixture of vegetables, curd and coconut, seasoned with coconut oil and... more »
Kaalan

Kaalan

Kaalan is a dish of Kerala India. It is made of yogurt, coconut and one vegetable like nendran plantain or a tuber like yam. It is very thick and more sour than Aviyal. kaalan is... more »
Thoran

Thoran

Thoran is a dry Dish that is traditionally made of a finely chopped vegetable in Kerala.Thoran is most popular and common dish usually prepared to be eaten along with steamed rice. this dish is also... more »
Olan

Olan

Olan is a South India Dish . It is prepared from white gourd ,coconut milk and ginger seasoned with coconut oil .Olan is usually served as part of a Sadhya. Ingredients Kumbalanga (Ash gourd) 100gm... more »
Puli Inji

Puli Inji

Puli Inji is a must in the Sadya menu.Puli Inji is a dark brown color dish.Puli Inji is a a sweet and sour pickle like preparation, made out of tamarind and ginger.It is also known... more »
Kappa

Kappa

Kappa is a very nice sweat Dish of Kerala in South India.Kappa Dish which contains rich proteins and other vitamins.This is an ideal food which can serve with fish curry. Ingredients Tapioca 1 lb Shallots... more »
Parippu Payasam

Parippu Payasam

Parippu Payasam is Traditional South Indian Sweet Dish.It is also known as Kheer. Payasam are derived from the Sanskrit word Payas which also means "milk". Kheer or Payasam is prepared in festivals, temples, and all... more »
Moru Curry

Moru Curry

Moru Curry is a very common and daily dish in Kerala homes.It is a famous south Indian dish especially in Kerala for Onam.It famous in Tamil Nadu also. Kalan is good for health and it... more »
Kalathappam

Kalathappam

Kalathappam is a Desert Food or rice cake famous in Kerala.Kalathappam is a very popular North Malabar delicacy.Kalathappam is a kannur special tea time snack.Its such a simple and easy snack which can be prepared... more »
Kerala Theeyal

Kerala Theeyal

Theeyal is very delicious Kerala dish serve with rice. Theeyal is quite similar to samber.Theeyal dish is included in a traditional sadya menu in some parts of kerala.Theeyal is made from a spice mixture consisting... more »
Pavakka Varuthathu

Pavakka Varuthathu

Pavakka Varuthathu is Kerala Dish commonly known as Bitter Gourd Vegetables. Pavakka also known as Kerala in Hindi .Bitter gourds are very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients. It is an excellent source... more »
Rasam

Rasam

Rasam or Saaru is an South Indian Soup traditionally made up with tomatoes , tamarind , Onion , Green Chilli and lentils .Tomato Rasam is a quick and easy recipe to make . Rasam is... more »
Palappam

Palappam

Palappam is a fermented flat bread Dish in Kerala . In Tamil Nadu it is known as " Aappam". Its made by grinding rice and mixing with east and Coconut milk.There are numerous variations of... more »
Unnakai

Unnakai

Unnakai is very Famous and most popular snacks in Malabar Region of India. It is a spindle shaped sweet dessert made chiefly of Plantain.Unnakai is Basically made on Special Occasions like at weddings, Iftar and... more »
Pachadi

Pachadi

Pachadi is a part of the Traditional Kerala Sadhya. Pachadi is a very delicious and exotic dish which has a sweet and and tangy taste . Pachadi is commonly eaten with rice and a lentil... more »
Koottukari

Koottukari

Koottukari is one of the most famous Cusine of Kerala and a prominent dish of the Traditional Kerala Sadhya which is mostly made at the time of Onam Festivals. Koottukare is a very delicious and... more »
Kichadi

Kichadi

Kichadi is one of the Traditional Kerala Sadhya. This dish is commonly known as Pachadi Dish But towards south Kerala this is called Kichadi . It is made of fresh vegetables and Boil Vegetables. Kichadi... more »
Kuzhi Paniyaram

Kuzhi Paniyaram

Kuzhi Paniyaram is an South Indian Dish Traditionally made by steaming batter . Kuzhi paniyarams can be made sweet or spicy. Kuzhi paniyaram is known by various names in Southern India, including paddu , appe... more »
Mambazha Pulisherry

Mambazha Pulisherry

Mambazha Pulisherry is a traditional Kerala dish which is prepared with ripe mangoes, grated coconut and yogurt. this Dish is also known as Ripe Mango Curry . Pulisherry Dish is Sweet and Sour in Taste... more »
Poduthol

Poduthol

Poduthol is a traditional Kerala Sadya Menu. It is South Indian and Malabar Region Side Dish . Poduthol is made by finely chopping vegetable including cabbage, beans, jackfruit unripe jackfruit , carrot, unripe banana, yardlong... more »
Idiyappam

Idiyappam

Idiyappam or String Hoppers is a kind of breakfast dish popular in kerala . It is also called as noolappam . Idiyappam is one of the Simplest Breakfast that can be made in Morning .... more »
Pappadam

Pappadam

Pappadam or Papad is very popular ingredient of Kerala Sadhya . Pappadam are typically made from flour or Paste of either lentils ,chickpeas , black gram , rice or Potato . It is also eaten... more »
Sarkara Upperi

Sarkara Upperi

Sarkara Upperi is very popular Sweet Dish of Kerala Sadhya . It must be prepared for all festive occasions and weddings in Kerala Sarkkara Upperi is prepared by chopping bananas into a thick piece, deep... more »
Kadumanga Achar

Kadumanga Achar

Kadumanga Achar is very popular in all over India as well as over the Whole World . The most common South Asian-style pickles are made from mango and lime. Homemade pickles are prepared in the... more »

Kozhikodan Halwa

Kozhikodan Halwa is one of the most famous sweet halwa that is well known all over the Kerala and is a must to taste cuisine when you in Kozhikode Kerala. The markets and the streets... more »