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Karma Kerala Kook Book

Karma Kerala Kook Book

Kerala cooking is the most under represented of all India's cooking traditions in the west. You will find few Keralite restaurants in London or Manchester even though Kerala cuisine is arguably the most delicious and diverse of all Indian cooking. This rich tradition springs from Kerala's cultural diversity and the abundance of delicious fresh ingredients all at hand for the cook. 

Food with a cultural flavour

Kerala food is a treat for your taste buds. The wide variety of delicacies makes it very difficult for one to decide what do eat and what not. The list starts from a healthy breakfastwith a high nutritional value to charge you up for the day ahead. Kerala cuisine has a distinct flavour and aroma.

Traditional Kerala Food

The traditional kerala meal which is called sadhya is served on a banana leaf. The manner in which it is served and its presentation make it a special experience. The rice and curries are served on a bannana leaf in the traditional way,and the dessert also finds its place on the same leafy plate.

The different communities in Kerala have their own special variety of dishes. The Hindus have a wide variety of vegetarian dishes such as sambar, rasam, aviyal, olan, kaalan, pachadi, kichadi, thoran and many more.The Christians and Muslims who are non-vegetarian have special delicacies in sea foods, chicken, mutton etc. The meen pollichathu - a spicy fish in gravy preparation - is a Christian specialty; the fish molee - fish cooked in coconut milk - is also a tasty delight and a part of the Portuguese legacy. Pan cakes and plum cakes also are hot favourites.

The famous Muslim biriyani ( a different version of the paella) is rice layered with meat that has been cooked with onions, chillies and other spices. Kerala food has a distinct flavour because coconut oil is the main medium used for cooking. Coconut milk an essential ingredient in most of the dishes adds a special flavour.

All these make eating in Kerala a unique experience. The natural beauty of Kerala,coupled with the warm hospitality of the people, and the tasty food which varies from simple and homely to spicy and rich is a wonderful combination.An opportunity to taste the tempting Kerala dishes should not be missed.A wide variety of fruits and vegetables are available in Kerala; this makes it easy to find food suitable for children.

The most delicious Kerala Dishes

Kozhuva Peera/ Netholi Peera/Netholi Thoran
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Kerala

Kozhuva Peera/ Netholi Peera/Netholi Thoran

Anchovy (known as Kozhuva in the northern districts and Netholi in the Southern parts) is one of the favourites of fish-lovers all over Kerala. A Peera (Thoran) made of the small fish is something that every Malayalee (that's what we call Keralites or the Malayalam speaking Populace in local Parlance) should relish. It would be a treat to visitors too...

Kozhukatta
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Kozhukatta

“Kozhukatta” or “Ottada” - both can be good at the breakfast table with a hot cup of coffee or tea, to start a fresh day, ahead...! Both are very quick to make, and serve...

***Note: quantities (ingredient) would vary per serving/s, on the table***

Ambika's Kappa- Kappanga-Manga avial
  • Time: 45min
  • Complexity: very easy

Ambika's Kappa- Kappanga-Manga avial

Rava (Sooji) Upma
  • Time: 10 mts

Rava (Sooji) Upma

A very light breakfast dish poular not just in Kerala but in other areas of South India as well.

Deepa's Kerala Sambar
  • Time: 30 mnts

Deepa's Kerala Sambar

Sambar is a delicious South Indian curry. It is very easy dish and served with rice, dosa or iddly.

Masala Chai (Tea)

Masala Chai (Tea)

The ingredients and its quantity of this refreshing tea vary according to the palate.

Kerala Fish Curry

Kerala Fish Curry

Easiest way to prepare Traditional Kerala Fish Curry you can make at home.

Kaya Upperi (Plantain Chips)
  • Time: 20mts
  • Complexity: easy

Kaya Upperi (Plantain Chips)

Kaya Upperi or Plantain chips is a popular Kerala snack made from raw banana. It is also an integral part of the traditional Kerala feast (Sadya) during Onam, Vishu or Hindu marriages.

Aloo Mutter (Potato & Peas)

Aloo Mutter (Potato & Peas)

Traditional Kerala potato dish served with chappathis

Appam

Appam

Appam is a hot favourite of keralites. Hot appam is delicious with egg roast, fish curry, stews (vegetable/chicken/mutton/beef).

Mango Pickle
  • Complexity: very easy
  • Origin: Kerala

Mango Pickle

One among the favourite pickles which goes with any food.

Beef Ularthiyathu

Beef Ularthiyathu

A favoutite spicy Christian dish. Goes with rice, chappathy, paratta, dosha etc.

Kappa Puzhukku
  • Complexity: very easy

Kappa Puzhukku

One among the favourite dishes of people living in high lands. Good with spicy fish curry and black coffee.

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