Top 5 Finest Food In Kerala
Kerala is the land of exotic spices, so do not be surprised by the spicy curries and dishes of this state. Kerala cuisine is a blend of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes but spiciness and taste assuring that it lingers long in your mind. Along with the spicy curries and biriyanis, there are desserts like payasam, halwa of different varieties. What more to say? There is even a street in Kozhikode district named ‘Mittayi there’ve’, meaning Sweet Street with hundreds of shops selling all kinds of sweets including the famous Kozhikode halwa in various flavours and textures.
Breakfast is grand in Kerala cuisine; there are dishes like appam, idiyappam, dosa, puttu, pathiri and many more for breakfast that goes along with any vegetarian and non-vegetarian curries. Tea is important for Malayalees they take a cup of tea two times a day in the morning and evening. Major staple food of Keralites is rice; a bed of rice is what they have for lunch or dinner any curries, side dishes and fries are accompanied with it.
The main component of all savoury dishes would be coconut which is added as grated, chopped, ground and as coconut milk, this is of no wonder from the rich wealth of coconut trees in Kerala. Another special mention is the curry leaves, goes into all the major dishes the scent of these leaves will give that Kerala touch to any dishes. Turmeric, Tamarind, Cumins, Fenugreek are all the exotic ingredients added in the Kerala dishes giving it the punch of spiciness to form balanced curries.
In Kerala, not all the restaurants might have attractive interiors and lighting but ask around the locals to choose a place where they serve tasty food and give it a try. The dishes are mainly served on banana leaf usually should be eating using hands, just go with it and trust the age-old cuisine for nothing will go wrong.
The king of all the Kerala dishes specially made for Onam and other celebrations the sadhya is a multi-course meal that includes many vegetarian curries to be eaten with rice and the final dessert course will be payasam. The multi courses aim to balance sweet, sour, spicy and tangy dishes to celebrate the multi taste buds of the palate. When you are visiting Kerala, try at least once a sadhya to know the essence of Kerala.
2. Idiyappam With Curry
Also known as Noolappam in Kerala cuisine, Idiyappam, food of Kerala, is made of rice flour, salt and water with a number of thin strands or sevai entwined together to make the lovely texture that this dish bears. It is this texture that makes it versatile. You can have it with all kinds of curries, but it tastes best with Egg Curry.
3.Puttu and Kadala Curry
As cute as its name sounds, puttu is a cylindrical steamed rice cake cooked with coconut shavings. This is an extremely popular breakfast item and staple food of Kerala. This Kerala food item is usually served with kadala curry which is essentially black chickpeas but can be eaten in whichever way it tastes good!
A speciality from the Malabar region in North Kerala, this is a part of the famous Moplah cuisine of the Muslims of Kerala. It is a thin round pancake made from rice flour and is eaten in combination with curries, primarily non-vegetarian curries such as chicken and mutton. Like appam, it can be consumed at any time of the day and requires a spicy or flavourful curry to go with its otherwise bland taste.
5.Malabar Chicken Biryani
Undoubtedly one of the mass favourites of Keralites, this dish has transcended its geographical origins to cement its place in the hearts of Malayalis from all across the state. This biryani is characteristic for its intense flavours that are obtained from a whole host of aromatic spices. The biryani is a complete meal that can be had at lunch or dinner. Biryani’s variations are present all across the country and in different forms. Just add a kick of salad or raita to go with it.