The word exotic comes to our mind when we hear or talk about Kerala. The Southern state of India that rests on the Malabar Coast is known for its palm-lined beaches, wildlife, backwaters, and of course, yoga schools and retreat centers. Kerala is a highly-flourished and prosperous state of India, with a diverse nature terrain and a bounty of natural healing reserves due to which it is also known as the land of Ayurveda. With natural endowments and a unique culture blended in Vedic traditions, Kerala is truly a God’s own country.
Food culture in Kerala
The food culture in Kerala expresses the purist charm of this natural haven to an optimum extent. Kerala is commonly known as the land of spices and also trades spices to many parts of the globe. Widely famous for coconut, tea, spices, cashew, and coffee plantation, rice is used as the main staple food item here. The primary foods in Kerala include mustard seeds, tamarind, coconut, chilies, turmeric, curry leaves, and asafoetida used in almost every recipe and dishes.
Here are the five best foods in Kerala that definitely deserve a try during a visit to this emerald land:
Sadhya is a traditional and famous food of Kerala, which is served on a banana leaf and contains several food items. The whole platter is palate-satisfying and also involves Ayurveda food condiments. Sadhya serves many dishes including:
- Mix veg
- Kaalan (mix of yogurt and yam)
- Thoran (dry curry of cabbage and coconut)
- Pickle, papad, rice, and chutney
- Sambar (main curry dish with lentils and veggies)
- Rasam and curd
- Puliyinchi (tamarind and ginger flavor sauce or chutney)
- Pachadi (a dessert made of grapes or pineapple)
- Pyasama (a dessert made of milk and rice/wheat/dal/banana)
In Kerala culture, Sadhya is specially made on special occasions and festivals.
Puttu and Kadala Curry
Puttu and Kadala curry is a famous breakfast dish apart from idli, idiyappam, and Vellayappam. Puttu is a long tubular shaped steamed rice cake made of rice flour and coconut. Rava, wheat flour, ragi, and oats are also used to make it. To compliment Puttu, Kadala or Kadalakkari, a curry made of moong dal and black chickpea is served. Papad and ripe banana are also served with it.
Dosa, idli, sambar, and chutney
One of the most famous combinations of Kerala dishes, Idli-Dosa-Sambar-chutney is consumed largely, not only in Kerala but across the country. Dosa or pancake is made of fermented rice and lentils, idli is made of rava-ragi- fermented rice, sambar in lentils-veggies-tamarind, and chutney is made of coconut, coriander, and tomatoes. The platter is loved by all and can be eaten in the morning or in the dinner.
Appam and stew
Another healthy breakfast food in Kerala, Appam or Vellayappam is healthy, light, and easy-to-digest food of Kerala. It is made up of rice, has a very soft center, and a paper-thick cover. Usually served with cooked vegetable stew, with coconut gravy, or with pumpkin lentil stew.
Kappa is a well-known starched rice food that is easy to make and is healthy too. It is a boiled and further mashed tapioca cooked in curry and usually served for breakfast and lunch. There are many varieties of Kappa dishes available in Kerala.
Apart from these dishes, try Avail and famous desserts like Palada payasam, unniyappam, banana fritters, etc. Enjoy eating Kerala Ayurveda food and authentic Ayurvedic Cooking while absorbing the beautiful scenery of the region for a soulful experience.