Kerala is rightfully known as “God’s own country”. The coastal southern state of India is renowned for the exquisite landscape and scenic beauty. A vacation can be quite exhilarating with the cuisine enriching the experience further. The cuisine of Kerala is influenced by generations of invasions and local availability of food. From the Muslims to Sicilian Christians, a profound impact is visible in the cuisine. Over time, the style of each has blend to give the cuisine of Kerala the current form. An abundant amount of spices are available in Kerala. Vasco Da Gama reached Kerala in search of spices. The influence of spices can be found in the cuisine. Being a coastal state, sea-food is popular.
The following is a list of some of the most notable food you can enjoy during your vacation in Kerala.
1. Malabar Biriyani:
The Mughal rule has spread the popularity of the Biriyani all across the country. Each state has customised the rich and delicious Biriyani accordingly. On a similar note, the Malabar Biriyani is an aromatic Keralite version of the Mughlai indulgence. You should savour a plateful of the rice and meat spicy pleasure. Wayanad is a beautiful hilly place in Kerala. You must savour the spicy Biriyani while enjoying the lush greenery from your comfortable hourly hotel in Wayanad.
2. Mussel Stir Fry:
You absolutely cannot miss the exotic variety of sea-foods available in Kerala. Mussels are marinated with spices and stir fried to prepare the delicious recipe. You must plunge into the exotic dish before checking into one of the hourly couple friendly hotels in Marine Drive, Kochi or hourly hotels in Ernakulam Junction, Kochi.
3. Kerala Fish Curry with Cassava:
Cassava is locally known as Kappa. It was introduced by the Portuguese and has become an integral part of the Kerala cuisine. The crop helps to create creamy delicious gravy to cook the fish. Coconut milk and tamarind is added to the gravy for a diverse flavor. You would not find a similar curry anywhere else. Remember to enjoy the toothsome delight in one of the hourly couple friendly hotels in Thrippunithura, Kochi.
4. Karimeen Pollichathu:
Fish is an integral part of the Kerala cuisine. The Pearl Spot Fish is marinated with spices and baked in plantain leaves. The spicy delight is so soft that it almost melts in your mouth. It is an exotic preparation and you would definitely enjoy the offbeat taste in one of the hourly couple friendly hotels in Kakkanad, Kochi.
5. Prawn Theeyal:
Prawns are available abundantly in the coastal region of Kerala. Prawns are cooked with fried coconut and spices to prepare the delicious curry. The crunchy prawns are a delectable delight and the exotic dish is a must-have. So, when you leave your hourly couple friendly hotel near the Cochin International Airport, remember to enjoy a plateful of prawn theeyal.
6. Kerala Chicken Curry:
The Christian influence has led to the popularity of chicken in Kerala. Coconut milk and spices prepare the creamy spicy curry which is extremely delicious. After reaching Kerala, you must enjoy a sumptuous meal of the chicken curry near your hourly hotel near the Trivandrum International Airport to overcome the travel fatigue.
7. Beef Fry:
Beef is a favourite delicacy in Kerala. The meat is stir fried in coconut oil with spices to prepare the lip-smacking delicious dish. You would not find a similar preparation anywhere else in the country. As you wander about the lanes and by-lanes of Trivandrum, do not forget to enjoy the spicy delicious beef fry and stay in hourly hotels in Trivandrum.
Erissery is a popular vegetable curry made of pumpkins and lentils. A variety of spices are used to give the flavor and taste. It is an essential part of the Onam Sadhya meal. The hot curry can be quite a blissful treat in the hills of Munnar. You must dine on erissery before retiring to your hourly hotel in Munnar.
Idiyappam is steamed rice flour noodles. The steamed strands are very easy to digest and equally delicious. They would easily melt in your mouth and are a deadly pair with any curry. Do not forget to indulge in the deadly combination of egg curry and idiyappam before checking into your hourly hotel in Munnar.
10. Malabar Parota:
The parota is made by mixing flour with salt, sugar and oil. The soft and crispy parota is a deadly combination with all curries, especially beef. Well, you might get Malabar Parota in almost every shop in India, but the feeling of tasting authentic Kerala food in Kerala is altogether a different experience. So, remember to indulge in the deadly combination of beef and Malabar Parota before resting in one of the hourly hotels in Kozhikode for the day.
Appam is an Indian pancake made with rice. It is crispy along the sides and soft and fluffy in the middle. You can savour it with any curry of your choice. It is so tasty in itself that it is quite a treat with coconut milk as well. It can be a sumptuous meal to end the day before checking into one of the hourly hotels in Thiruvananthapuram.
Rice flour is steamed in a special puttu steam cylinder to prepare the delicious Puttu. You can enjoy it with any curry. But, it is so delicious that you can enjoy it with grated coconut and banana as well. It is a deadly combination with curry of kadala or black chickpeas. The Puttu can be made of ragi flour as well. The meal is so sumptuous that it would keep you away from snacking as you leave your hourly hotel in Thrissur for sight-seeing.
13. Pazham Pori:
Indians love to snack on fritters and every state has a customized variety. In Kerala, the banana fritters are a delicious snack. Ripe bananas are coated with flour and fried. It is a wonderful combination of sweet and salty flavor. Remember to snack on the delicious and crunchy fritters as you rest in your hourly hotel in Kovalam.
Payasam is a popular milky dessert of Kerala. It is broadly classified into three varieties: milk, rice and lentils. It is very delicious and a treat for your sugar tooth.
Well, this is not an exhaustive list. But, you must taste all the delicacies when you visit Kerala. The best time to visit Kerala is definitely during Onam.