Kerala- The Magic Land of Spices

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Every country is famous for the food they serve. While in some countries the main ingredients are sauces in other countries it is spices.  Some people go on journeys in search of new places and some people go in search of new cuisines. And if you are ever planning to set on a Kerala Trip in search of food, all the information here would be of great help as you would not miss any food that belongs to the Gods own Country.The most authentic food of Kerala is their Sadhya. While some people cook this traditionally for Onam and Vishu, others get sadhya ready for personal functions like birthdays and get together’s. It is served on a banana leaf as there are around 20- 60 dishes served for a sadhya. The specialty is that all the dishes are vegetarian. Rice is the major dish which includes side dishes like Sambar, Rasam, Inji Puli, Pulisheri, Ellisheri and others. Each of these dishes is mouth-watering recipes made of vegetables like potato, carrot, beetroot, cabbage and drumsticks. At the end of the meal, Payasam or Pradhaman is served which is a dessert. It is served in varieties especially with main ingredients like vermicelli, rice, wheat and even dal.

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Other than this traditional vegetarian cuisine, Kerala has umpteen non-vegetarian dishes. Sea food is the most preferred by the locals residing in Kerala. From Trivandrum to Kasargod you will get to eat special seafood dishes that belong to each district here. While in some places coconut is added to fish curry, in some places it is just chili and spices. Meen mulakittathu and Karimeen curry is the most favourite. In the former dish, any type of fish like Mackerel, Sardine or Pomfret can be added. The fish fry is also an inevitable part of the food for the Malayalis. They marinate the fish with ginger garlic paste and spices and keep it for over an hour after which it is fried. They also smoke the fish by keeping it in banana leaves which will be free of oil. Karimeen Pollichathu is the most favourite where the fish which is priorly marinated is kept in the banana leaf with a masala made from onions, tomato and chili. Prawns are also cooked in several ways which are a must taste recipes of Kerala. Other than the Prawns Biryani, prawns are also fried and roasted. A special dish from the countryside is the prawns fried with coconut which will definitely be a tour to anyone’s taste buds. Chemmeen Pollichathu and Chemmeen Moilee are other dishes made of prawns. Alleppey is the destination where most of the people reach up to have these dishes.

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Biriyani is also served everywhere in Kerala. Malabar biryani is the most famous out of the lot. Belonging to the Malabar region this biryani is more than just food to localities here. There are families who have been addicted to this delicacy that people travel kilometers on a affordable and cheap Kerala family tour package just to have this during their weekend. Thalassery biriyani is mainly served with chicken but these days even mutton, fish, beef and prawns are also served. The specialty of this biryani is that it uses Jeerakasala or Kaima rice instead of basmati rice. Breakfast dishes are also in plenty here. Malayalis cannot start their day without having proper breakfast. Various combinations like Puttu and Kadala, Appam and Stew, Idiyappam and Egg curry are the most famous other than dosa-chutney, Idli-sambar combinations. Mutta pathiri which is served with coconut is also a favourite breakfast here.If you move to the Malabar region, other than the biryani you can savour a number of other dishes. During the time of Ramadan, most of the major snacks are made from here. Erachi Pathal, Kozhi Pidi, Chatti Pathiri and Kunji Pathari are the most famous out of the lot. Other than this Malabar Duck roast is also famous dish. Mussel fry, Unakka and Elanchi and even Ice Orathi are available in the street shops here. Kozhikode is a must visit for all the food bloggers as it serves amazing food at reasonable prices. The halwa sold here is heaven to people. They often pack it when travelling long distance as it is like a ritual.

The people in Kerala are addicts to tea and snack. They either have milk tea or black tea along with snacks like banana fritters, vada or Dal Vada. Kaya Varuthathu (Banana sliced and fried) and Chakka Varuthathu (Jackfruit sliced and fried) are also favourites of the Kids residing here. Jackfruit is a must try from this land. Other than fried, it is also used to make Upperi and curry for lunch. Kheer is also made from it during the jackfruit season. When there is an excess of it even Idli is made out of it.

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Beef is also favourite to the people living here. During the beef ban period, a lot of people protested against it from Kerala. Parotta and beef are more like a personal local food for them. Other than beef cutlets, Beef Varattiyathu and Beef Kuru Mulakittathu are famous here. Tapioca and beef curry are loved by all those who taste it for once. Toddy is also exclusive to Kerala. It is a sweet- sour drink extracted from coconut. Coconut water is also the most sort drink during the summers here. Naruneendi and Kulukki Sarbath are also drinks that are available only in this land. While the former drink is made of milk, the latter one is shaken lemonade. Sugar syrup and lemon juice are the main ingredients in it.Other than the traditional Kerala food, all other cuisines like International, Mexican and even north Indian food are available here. While Pani Puri and momos are served on the streets on carts, students rush here to taste them, but at the end of the day, they always get back to their own cuisines as nothing is more satisfying than it. There are couples who take amazing Kerala honeymoon packages from Bangalore to make food travelogues of Kerala as nothing can be more exciting than food being a part of your first journey.Kerala is hence the hub of any food lover as it gives the taste buds, a chance to savour every flavour from the Gods own country.

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