Best known as the ‘Land of Spices’, Kerala cuisine is a perfect blend of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Breakfast is considered as the grand meal in Kerala with a variety of dishes including dosa, appam, idiappam, puttu etc. coconut and tamarind are the major ingredients in Kerala cuisine. While scrolling through the Kerala tour packages, take a day off and give your taste buds an irresistible twist.
Dosa with Sambar and Chutney
Prepared from fermented rice and lentils, Dosa or south Indian pancake is a must try food in not only Kerala but in the entire south India. Dosa is served with hot sambar and a variety of chutneys. Sambar is a spicy sour curry made with lentils, vegetables, shallots, ground spices and tamarind paste.
App am with Stew
A pancake made with a rice batter, Appam is made in a special cooking pan called Appachatty, a round shallow dish used to make appams. With crispy sides and the middle portion being spongy, appampairs best with vegetarian or non-vegetarian stew or any curries. The stews in Kerala do not use chilli powders. Instead, they prefer green chillies and peppers. Veggies, chicken, lean meats, coconut milk, potatoes, onions, ginger, garlic are some of the key ingredients.
Idiyappam with Egg curry
Made from rice dough, Idiyappam or noolappamis prepared by entwining together a number of thin strands or sevai and then cooked in steam. The plain texture of idiyappam makes it perfect to be paired with any type of curry. However, it goes best with hot egg curry.
Kerala Style Prawn Curry
If you are a fan of prawn, you cannot miss this local delicacy. This traditional prawn curry is seasoned with chilly, pepper, salt, and cooked in coconut milk and jiggery with a garnish of curry leaves. Served with chapattis or hot steaming rice, this dish will certainly make you appreciate Kerala as the land of spices.
Kerala Style Fish Molee/Moly
This sensational recipe is not like a regular fish curry. The flavour of coconut and kocoum(also known as Kudampuli) makes this dish one of the best delicacies of Kerala. Unlike the other traditional dishes, this recipe does not use tamarind and is less spicy.
NadanKozhiVaruthathu or Spicy Chicken Fry
First, the chicken is marinated with a bunch of spices and then fried in coconut oil till the pieces turn brown colour. Chicken lovers cannot just get over this delicacy. With a crispy skin and a soft-flavoured juicy meat, the aroma of NadanKozhiVaruthathuis heavenly.
Payasam is the ultimate dessert of Kerala. There are usually three kinds of payasams—Paal (Milk) Payasam, Pradhaman and Kadala (Lentil)Payasam, and Ada (Rice batter) Payasam. The texture of the payasam is milky and cardamom is the only spice added to payasam along with raisins, cashews, and ghee.
It is also advisable to do some research on foods before going through the Kerala tour packages. A trip to a new place is incomplete without tasting the local delicacies of the area.