Kerala is the land of exotic spices, so do not be surprised by the spicy curries and dishes of this state. Traditional Dishes Of Kerala is a blend of both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes but spiciness and taste assuring that it remains long in your mind.
Main component of all savory Traditional Dishes Of Kerala would be coconut which is added as grated, chopped, grinded and as coconut milk, this is of no wonder from the rich wealth of coconut trees.
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.
Have your mouth filled with water after reading all this. Why to wait so long.
Let’s start a tour to the Famous Traditional Dishes of Kerala.
1. SADHYA– ONAM SPECIAL
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 aims to balance sweet, sour, spicy and tangy dishes to celebrate the multi taste buds of the palate.
It is basically a 9-course meal served on plantain leaves which includes dishes like Kaaya Varuthatha (banana chips), Chenna Varuthatha (yam cut into slices and fried with spices), Sarkara Upperi (jaggery coated banana chips), Pulinji (tamarind-based chutney), Kichadi (gourd in a yoghurt curry), Pachadi (pineapple or bitter gourd in yoghurt), Olan (ash gourd with beans in a thick coconut milk gravy), Theeyal (mixed vegetable gravy), Avial (vegetables made with coconut and milk), Sambar, Rasam, Choru (boiled rice) buttermilk and papad.
2. PUTTU WITH KADALA CURRY- BREAKFAST SPECIAL
Puttu is a popular breakfast dish in all the parts of Kerala. It is a steamed rice flour mixed with water and salt in a cylinder like steam pot. Puttu goes with any curries or just banana and grated coconut.
The best side dish is the kadala curry (black chickpeas curry), a spicy coconut gravy and boiled chickpeas are the ingredients.
3. IDIYAPPAM WITH EGG CURRY- BREAKFAST SPECIAL
The origins of these dishes may stem from South India and Sri Lanka, northern and eastern Sri Lanka, where a similar rice flour noodle is served with sugar and coconut, and sometimes banana too, and is known as idiyappam.
Idiyappam or noolappam is also a dish made out from rice dough, thin strands of rice dough will be mad from seva and then cooked in steam to get idiyappam.
Soft idiyappam with hot egg curry is a great way to start the day in Kerala. Since the idiyappams are steam cooked they are so light and fluffy.
4. MALABAR BIRIYANI-Signature Dish from Kozhikode (Calicut), Kerala
The soul food of malayalees, a plate of biriyani is enough to make a person happy here in Kerala. Made with many spices, meat and basmati rice Malabar biriyani stands out on its own from the other biriyanis.
The preparation needs a long time but the wait is worth the final product of aromatic rice and meat accompanied with a boiled egg, yogurt salsa and pickle.
5. CASSAVA – SPECIAL KERALA FISH CURRY
Trying Kerala Dishes without Fish Curry is just next to impossible.
Cassava or commonly called as ‘Kappa’ here in Kerala is a ground crop which when boiled in water turns in to a soft smooth textured dish which is combined with Fish Curry of Kerala.
6. THATTU DOSA WITH OMLET & CHUTNEY- FAMOUS STREET FOOD IN KERALA
The people of Kerala usually cook their food to eat in their own kitchens. But in some later years the street food of Kerala is becoming very popular among families. The roadside convertible small shops known as ‘thattukada’ commonly sell delicious dosa with chutney and omlet. These have become a part of every malayalee’s evenings.
Last But not the least, as we Indian knows our Food is just incomplete without our Dessert. After getting all the above yummy and spicy also mouth watering dishes how could we finish the list without a dessert?
obviously not, lets go for our most special and Last of the Famous Foods of Kerala.
7. PAYASAM- SPECIAL DESSERT OF KERALA
The ultimate dessert of Kerala, three different payasams are usually served at the end of sadhya. Paal (milk) Payasam, Ada (Rice batter) Pradhaman and Kadala (lentil) Payasam. The payasams are very sweet and milky in texture, cardamom is the only spice added in payasam along with ghee, raisins and cashews.
Before I pen down, i would suggest that to must try these Famous Traditional Dishes of Kerala at your home. I have tried Malabar Biryani. I must say the taste is still in my mind.
If you are visiting Kerala then not forget to have these foods there. Banana leaves is playing the important role in every Kerala Dish. So always use Banana leaves while serving these dishes to give a traditional and different taste to the foods. Must try these famous Traditional Dishes Of Kerala at your home. Don’t forget to share your experience in the comment box.