There could be no better combination than a traveler being a foodie too. And, if you are traveling to Kerala what more could you ask. The cuisines of Kerala are exquisitely delicious and it would be something that your taste buds cannot resist.
The food in Kerala is as awesome as the God’s own country and the people here. You have so much to explore, see, eat and drink if you are much inclined towards the love for travelling and eating.
Unlike its neighbors including Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the cuisines of Kerala vary in the taste and variety. Regardless of whether you are a vegan or a non-vegan, you will be amazed at the different dishes that you can try.
Kerala, also known as the land of spices has more of non-vegetarians than vegetarians and so you can find the hotels and restaurants serve chicken, mutton, beef, pork, and sea food such as mussels, crabs, prawns, squid, oysters, sardines, tuna, lobsters and many more.
You will find the aroma of chilly, mustard, curry leaves, coconut oil, and coconut chopped, grated and even coconut milk dominating most of the dishes forcing you to fall in love with the cuisine of Kerala.
Here we have handpicked some of the delicacies of Kerala that you cannot miss on your tour to Kerala:
1. Puttu and Kadala Curry:
Puttu or the cylindrical steamed cake is one of the favorites of Malayalees and usually forms the breakfast item of the people of Kerala. It is in fact considered to be good for health as the rice flour is steamed to prepare puttu.
The usual combination for puttu is Kadala or chick peas curry. Also, puttu tastes delicious when served with boiled bananas or bananas and papadam.
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2. Dosa with Sambar and Chutney:
Dosa or pancake prepared from fermented rice and lentils is another favorite of Malayalees. Usually, Dosa is one of the favorite breakfast items for Malayalees. Hot crispy dosa savored with ghee is known as Ghee Dosa Roast.
Also, Masala Dosa is something that you can find in the vegetarian hotels of Kerala if you visit them in the mornings.
Usually served as a breakfast item in the Malayali homes, you can find it in the menu of most vegetarian hotels for evening snacks and dinner too.
3. Idli Sambar/ Chutney:
Idli prepared from the fermented rice and lentils is usually steamed and has been universally accepted for the health benefits that it has got.
It is usually combined with hot steaming sambar and coconut chutney.
Idli Sambar/ Chutney are another breakfast delight of Malayalees.
4. Appam and Stew:
Valyappams are another Kerala breakfast delight. People also savor it as dinner and sometimes for lunch.
Appams are usually had with stew or chicken curry or mutton and even with fish molly.
5. Idiyappam and Egg curry:
Idiyappam also known as Kerala noodles made of rice flour, salt and water is another Kerala breakfast delight. It tastes great when combined with egg curry.
Also, is exquisite when combined with chicken or mutton curry.
For vegetarians, idiyappam when combined with Kadala curry or potato stew is a great breakfast idea.
6. Ela Sadya:
What else could be a great option other than a feast of different vegetarian dishes for lunch?
A royal lunch that combines a variety of dishes starting from pachadi, kichdi, pulliserry, olan, sambar, varavu, thoran, aviyal, sambar, and what not. The banana leaf served with hot steaming rice will lure you.
Payasam is served for dessert.
If you are a non-vegan you could order for fried fish or chicken fry along side these vegetarian dishes.
7. Spicy Chicken fry also known as Nadan Kozhi Varthatu:
Chicken fried with onion, spices, garlic, and vinegar on a banana leaf. You can have it with chapattis, Kerala Porotta, appam or rice.
Some of the street hotels or thatukadas in Kerala serve Nadan Kozhi Varthatu with Dosa.
It tastes excellent.
8. Kerala Style Prawn Curry:
Who does not love prawn? If you are a prawn lover you cannot miss having prawn curry. The traditional prawn curry is sprinkled with chilly, pepper, salt and then cooked in whole coconut milk and jiggery and then garnished with curry leaves.
Hot steaming rice or chapattis when served with Kerala Style Prawn Curry will pull you closer to the land of Spices.
Prawns curry is one of the specialties of Kerala food. If you are a sea food lover then there are more varieties in prawns that you need to try.
9. Pumpkin and Lentil Stew or Erissery:
If you are a vegetarian and would like to explore the vegetarian cuisines of Kerala in depth, then Erissery should top your list.
Prepared from pumpkin and lentils, this stew is sweet to taste .Erissery is usually served with rice.
It is always a part of Kerala Sadya.
10. Kerala Style Fish Molee:
It is another exquisiteness from God’s own country.
Kudampulli and coconut combined to provide a blend of awesomeness.
11. Nadan beef or Kerala Style beef:
Beef is the favorite of Malayalees. You can never hear a non-vegetarian say no to beef.
And, almost all non-vegetarian restaurants serve beef. Either roasted or cooked in thick gravy it tastes great with Porotta, chapatti or rice.
12. Kozhikodan or Thalaserry Biryani:
Another exotic cuisine of Kerala is the biryani. Especially the biryani from Calicut and Thalaserry are something that your taste buds cannot resist for the awesomeness that they offer.
Chicken 65 or chilly chicken stir fry tastes great with Kozhikoden biryani.
Pazhampori or banana fritters, bonda, unniyappam, bread pakoda, sugiyan, valsan, ela ada, etc. are some of the tea time snacks that are served for tea during the evenings.
If you are planning a visit to Kerala, you should not miss the exotic cuisines of Kerala.
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