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Food of Kerala - The Aperitive Delicacies from the Melange of Traditional Flavours

“If there is a penchant for flavourful foods in you, then there is plenty of room in Kerala for you”

Kerala, God’s Own Country, is renowned for its scrumptious delicacies. Your taste buds will be entirely satiated by unique flavours, amazing aroma, tantalising texture, tasteful plating, and amazing aftertaste of typical Kerala cuisines. The typical Southern delicacies feature a myriad of Tapioca, Coconut, Rice, and world-famous aromatic Indian spices giving you a wholesome taste in every bite. It is remarkable how well Indian spices have been incorporated into local catch like fish, crab, prawn, and other traditional foods of Kerala to enhance their taste and flavour. Without trying Kerala's renowned staple dish, a trip to the state would be utterly incomplete. From vegetarian delights to non-vegetarian repasts, you will end up licking your fingers until the last bite.

Has your mouth already begun watering? Then mate, allow us to take you on a gastronomic sojourn where you will come across the most famous foods of Kerala that will just drive you hungry!

12 Famous Dishes of Kerala

Southern food always has a rich flavour and aroma because of the unique ingredients added to it. People visiting Kerala, especially seafood lovers are unable to control their cravings. Your stomach and taste sensibilities will be under their delectable control. Scroll down rapidly to learn more about the dishes.

  • Kerala Prawn Curry- The Magical Recipe of the South
  • Thalassery Biriyani- The Aromatic Rice Dish
  • Erissery or Pumpkin and Lentil Curry- The Scrumptious Curry of Kerala
  • Appam With Stew- The Finger Licking Meal
  • Puttu and Kadala Curry- The Delectable Cuisine of Kerala
  • Karimeen Pollichathu- The Traditional Delicacies of the People of Kerala
  • Fish Moilee - The Garnished Seafood Paradise
  • Malabar Parotta With Kerala Beef Curry- A Lip-Smacking Non-Vegan Dish
  • Dosa Ghee Roast With Kerala Style Sambar - The Favourite Dish of the South
  • Ela Sadya - The Popular Festive Feast
  • Banana Fritters - The Sweet Snack
  • Palada Payasam - A Heavenly Sweetmeat

NOTE: We recommend trying these meals with your bare hands so that you may experience all of the flavours through your fingertips. While relishing their cuisine, make an effort to immerse yourself in their heritage and feel like a Keralan.

1. Kerala Prawn Curry I The Magical Recipe of the South 

This flavoursome meal, known as Chemmeen Curry, is a staple food of Kerala and will give you a taste of sour in addition to a spicy, tangy flavour, a well-matched flavour profile and a seasonal combo of fresh seafood. A seafood lover's heaven, the spicy shrimp curry in the Kerala style is commonly referred to as Konju Varutharachha Curry. This meal is a tantalising southern delicacy.

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2. Thalassery Biriyani I The Aromatic Rice Dish

The biryani meal appeals to all the senses! And while we review this unique Thalassery Biriyani, which is the best food of Kerala, it should be noted that it originated from the Thallasseri port, which is known for being the port of exchange of three distinct spices. The ideal blend of these spices and Kaima ( small-grained rice or Jeerakasala rice) is used to make this Biriyani. This flavorful Biriyani, which hails from Kerala's Malabar area, will satisfy your hunger perfectly.

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3. Erissery or Pumpkin and Lentil Curry I The Scrumptious Curry of Kerala

Yams or raw plantains are mostly used to make this well-known Keralan dish. This recipe starts by boiling a pumpkin with some sweetness to it with various spices and salt to make it highly flavourful. Adding red beans to this vegetarian dish, specially prepared on the occasion of Onam, raises the nutrient content of the dish to a new level. Rice or roti are served with this meal.

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4. Appam With Stew I The Finger Licking Meal

The traditional food of Kerala is made from fermented rice flour and coconut milk. Stew, generally called the Ishtu, is cooked with coconut milk, shallots, cloves, and cinnamon. The fermented rice flour, coconut water, and some coconut milk garnished with sugar make the crepe-like bowls in this delicacy. The combination of spices and milk is perfect. Some mango chunks, chicken, lamb, or vegetables are often included to accentuate the meal's flavour.

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5. Puttu and Kadala Curry I The Delectable Cuisine of Kerala

The morning feast and staple food of Kerala consists of cylinder-shaped steamed rice and curry cooked with only the richest spices. This meal is gladly consumed across the state and is presented beautifully with ripened bananas and shredded coconut. This is Kerala's healthiest breakfast, and its velvety texture will make you hungry.

6. Karimeen Pollichathu I The Traditional Delicacies of the People of Kerala

It is a genuinely delicious meal and one of the best foods of Kerala. It is undoubtedly a gastronomic delight worth savouring. The pearl spot fish, mostly found in the state's backwaters, is known as karimeen in Kerala. This dish is a staple of Keralan cuisine and is known throughout the state. The choicest red chillies, lemon juice, and fragrant seasoning are used to marinate the fish in this recipe. After that, it is cooked in a plantain leaf, giving it a nutritious flavour. You'll want more and more of the delectable seafood after trying this!

7. Fish Moilee I The Garnished Seafood Paradise

Do not miss out on this delicious Syrian Christian treat at all costs! Fresh fish (either King or Steer), coconut oil, fragrant spices, fresh green chillies, and cloves are balanced to create this dish's wonderful taste. This dish is prepared in a manchatti, an earthen pot. Fish Moilee is sometimes described as a Kerala-style fish stew, and the mouthwatering curry made with coconut will have you licking your fingers!

8. Malabar Parotta With Kerala Beef Curry I A Lip-Smacking Non-Vegan Dish