Delicacies of Kerala
cuisine of Kerala brings to the fore the culinary expertise of the people
of Kerala. Producing some of the tastiest foods on earth, the people of
Kerala are gourmets with a difference The cuisine is very hot and spicy
and offers several gastronomic opportunities. The food is generally fresh,
aromatic and flavoured. Keralites are mostly fish-and-rice eating people.The
land and the food are rich with coconut, though one can't imagine Kerala
food without chilies, curry leaf, mustard seed, tamarind and asafoetida.
Just a pinchful of tamarind can substitute tomatoes, but there is no real
substitute for curry leaf. Since time immemorial, coconut has been an
integral part of the cuisine of Kerala.
These people put to good use whatever the land offers and the result is
a marvellous cuisine that is simple yet palate tickling. They relish equally
a dish as simple as 'kanji' (rice gruel) or as extravagant as the 'sadya'
Sadya is the elaborate dish, which is a totally extravagant affair. Avial,
an all time favourite, is a happy blend of vegetables, coconut paste and
green chillies. Avial's seasoning is a spoonful of fresh coconut oil and
a sprinkling of raw curry leaves, stirred in immediately after the dish
is taken off the stove.
is made out of cubed potatoes, onions and green chillies cooked
in coconut milk with plenty of red chilli 'Olan', a bland dish of pumpkin
and red grams is prepared by cooking it in thin gravy of coconut milk.
The rich and irresistible desserts form an essential part of the meals.
These are served midway through the meals.
is a thick fluid dish of brown molasses, coconut milk and spices, garnished
with cashewnuts and raisins. There could be a succession of payasams,
such as the lentil payasam and the jackfruit payasam, Bengal gram payasam
and so on, though 'Adapradhaman', a rich payasam with thin rice wafers,
is arguably the ultimate delicacy.
made with sugar, ghee and spices, brewed in creamy white milk is regarded
as the last word in sweet dishes. This is served with a golden yellow
sweet pancake known as 'boli'.
The hot Rasam, served after a delectable array of sweets, is a tangy deviation
from the symphony of tastes and is poured on another serving of rice.
The famous British 'Mulligatawny Soup' is said to have derived its flavour
is a mixture of chilly and pepper corns powders boiled in diluted tamarind
juice. The 'Pulissery' is seasoned buttermilk with turmeric powder and
green chillies. 'Moru' or plain sour buttermilk comes salted and with
chopped green chillies and ginger.
is the soft pancake made from toddy fermented rice batter, with a soft
spongy middle, which is laced with crispy edges. It is generally consumed
with either vegetable or chicken or mutton stew, thoroughly mellowed with
thick coconut milk and garnished with curry leaves.
A type of steam cake, 'Puttu' is made from rice flour and steamed in long
hollow bamboo or metal cylinders. Depending on the taste preference, Puttu
can be had with steamed bananas and sugar or with a spicy curry made from
gram or chickpeas.
And Fish Curry
A sumptuous, mouthwatering delicacy, it's a not- to- be-missed combination
of 'Kappa' and 'Meen' curry'. With natural flavours erupting out of it
liberally, the fish curry is made with garlic paste, onions and red chillies
and seasoned with mustard seeds and curry leaves.