Kerala traditional food
Kerala located in the southernmost part of India also known as “Gods own country” for its swaying beauty and culture it have preserved for so long is known all over the world and is a famous tourist destinations. Around the world, everyone knows about the popularity of the Kerala cooking. You have some fine restaurants that offer some delicious Kerala food. The Kerala comes first and most of the people around the world are interested to taste the Kerala food. Most of the people in India are interested to eat sea food. Kerala state is known for its spicy and authentic cuisines that give special aroma that struck in the nostrils and stuck there till your heart is not filled enjoying these delicacies. Hot and spicy food of Kerala has different orientation that differs accordingly to the region of the state.
Kerala is among the celestial destinations of India which is known throughout the world for its mesmerizing backwaters, sun kissed beaches, panoramic hill stations and calm and serene natural ambiance. The amalgamated feature of this place makes it one of the well known destinations of the world. People from several parts of the globe come to this place to enjoy this land of enchanted beauty. One of Kerala’s popular attractions is its delicious cuisine. Cuisine of a particular place is a reflection of the culture of that place.
Usually Kerala food is hot and spicy. Several fresh spices are used while food preparation that gives a unique aroma and flavor to the food. Coconut either chopped or grated, or its milk predominates almost all the dishes of this place. Apart from this various local vegetables such as cassava, tapioca and yam are also important ingredients of the Kerala cuisine. Some of the popular dishes of this place are:
It is a well known traditional cuisine of Kerala. This is a vegetarian meal which is served with boiled rice and a number of other dishes. During special occasions and festivals Sadya is prepared with traditional methods. The best of part of this dish is that banana leaves are used as plates to serve. This provides distinct identity to this cuisine. A typical Sadya is served with Bitter gourd thoran, Lime Pickle, Buttermilk, Paayasam, Aviyal, Kaalan, and Sambar with Boiled rice in the center. It is the perfect cuisine that gives real taste of Kerala at one go. It is among the most sought after dishes due to its delectable taste and varieties.
It is other popular cuisine of Kerala because it is inexpensive and is widely available. It is made from Kappa/ Cassava/ Tapioca, which is a staple food of this place just like rice. This can be eaten in breakfast, evening snacks or dinner. Varieties of delectable dishes can be prepared from fresh Kappa among which the most popular one is Kappa kuzhachathu with meen curry. It can be prepared simply and easily served with Ulli chammanthi or Kanthari Mulaku (a kind of chilly) Chammanthi.
- Kappa (Tapioca) – 4
- Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
- Mustard seeds
- Dry red chilies – 3
- Curry Leaves – 2
- Garlic – 1 ½ steam
- Grated coconut – 1 cup
- Dry red chilies – 4 nos
- Garlic – 4 cloves
- Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
- First using a knife peel the skin of the tapioca. You have to remove both the thin brown color skin and thick pink color skin. Then wash it properly and cut it into medium size pieces.
- Then cook the tapioca pieces by adding enough water, till the water starts to boil. Then drain the water and then again start cooking it by adding fresh water along with 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder and salt till the tapioca becomes soft.Then again drains it using a colander, but this time you have to drain it nicely and keep it aside.
- Meanwhile grind coarsely grated coconut, green chilies, dry red chilies, garlic, shallots, cumin seeds and turmeric powder. Just 3-4 pulses in mixer grinder is enough. No need to add water.
- Then transfer the cooked tapioca pieces to a pan and keep it in a very low flame. This will help in removing any water left in the tapioca pieces even after draining. Then add ground coconut mixture and using the back side of a wooden spoon, mash the tapioca pieces while mixing and remove from the flame.
- Then heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add curry leaves and dry red chilies and pour this to the cooked tapioca.
Among non-vegetarians, dishes of fish are most preferred ones. Here, one can choose from several varieties of fish food. The entire available recipes are known for their delectable taste. Fishes can be either fried, or made as curry or preserved as pickles. Some of the well known fish curries of the Kerala Menu are Thiruvananthapuram Style Fish Curry, Fish Curry in Coconut Milk, Meenmutta Ularthiyathu, Kunnamkulam Meen Curry and more.