When it comes to food, we are always ready to eat. Kerala is indeed rich with its numerous delicacies appetizers. Kerala, the land of coconut trees and famous for backwater, is also famous for its delicious food that uses coconut oil, coconut milk and grated coconut in luxuriance. Addition of coconut products its special spices that enhances the taste and aroma of Kerala food, making it stand out from other Indian dishes.
People of Kerala prepare a good variety of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. The southern part of Kerala is well known for spectacular seafood delicacies, while the northern part of the state specializes in other non-vegetarian dishes.
Let’s take a mouthwatering trip through the cuisines of Kerala.
If you are searching for a heavy meal, the sadya is the that fully suits your appetite. It is a comprehensive dish with rice and a lot of curries, accompanied by sweet payasam. Normally, you will get 5 to 8 curries, but on any occasion, you will be served much more.
It is served on a banana leaf traditionally. The position of the leaf and the placement of the curries have to follow a specific order. The way the banana leaf is folded after lunch is also significant for this traditional food. The sadya is a complete vegetarian dish which is usually served during festivals and special functions.
One of the outstanding curries is avial. Prepared with lots of vegetables and coconut. The vegetables are sliced into thin pieces and cooked to a crunchy consistency with lightly beaten curd, garlic, coconut grinding and coconut oil. The malty colored vegetables adds a visual beauty to the curry. The addition of vegetables also makes it a healthy dish.
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#5 Palada Payasam
Palada or palate payasam is a sweet dish which is commonly served after lunch, especially after a sadya. Milk, sugar and rice are used in a particular proportion to cook this pink payasam. Traditionally it is served on a banana leaf. Cashew nuts and raisins are also added to enhance the taste and as a garnish.
#11 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 alongside these vegetarian dishes
#6 Pazham Pori
Ripe banana and wheat flour are used for the preparation of this tasty snack. Just the thought of sitting with a cup of hot tea and crispy yellow Pazham pori makes the taste buds of Malayalees water.
Unniyappam is the most traditional snack of Kerala. This snack used to be compulsory for festivals and functions. It is basically a brown coloured crispy, spongy sweet dish made up of jaggery, rice flour and banana.
Preparation and ingredients may vary from place to place but the taste is unique and there is no substitute dish for Unniyappam in Kerala. Unniyappam preparation, its smell and the crispy roasted coconut pieces make all Malayalees nostalgic.
Plan a trip throughout Kerala and explore all the spicy, creamy delicacies it offers. Don’t miss a chance to visit this food lover’s paradise.
#8 Puttu and Kadala Curry
Puttu or the cylindrical steamed cake is one of the favourites 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 chickpeas curry. Also, Puttu tastes delicious when served with boiled bananas or bananas and papadam.
#9 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.
#10 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.