Do not forget to ask us to arrange a bottle of freshly tapped madhura kallu. Sweet toddy extracted from coconut palm is a must-do in Kerala.
Sample it the typical Kerala way with exotic karimeen pollichathu (baked pearlspot fish), meat preparations or spicy pickles. The menu also would include the all time favourite of boiled tapioca and fish curry apart from crab curry, spicy Mussels fry, Boiled Yam and many, many more. Just step into any toddy shop to lay your hands on these delicacies.
If you are planning a house boat cruise, then you will be cruising along tiny toddy shops that line its embankments, where you can stop by to fetch this tangy brew. In many Kerala villages you can also see the toddy tappers in action. They will clamber the coconut trees and tap the sap from the cut flower of the palm tree. An urn is fastened to the flower stump to collect the sap and the white clear liquid that trickles first is very sweet and non-alcoholic before it is fermented.
It is also used in making many popular breakfast items in Kerala like the Vattayappam (A steamed cake made from rice flour mixed with fresh toddy). Sweet toddy is a very popular beverage though many locals prefer the heady sour ones, which give them a kick. The unique taste of food served in the toddy shop is something that is beyond words. Many locals and tourists also visit the toddy shops, just to grab the take home food.