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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

Mohamoodha's Mutton Keema Cutlet
  • Time: 20 mints
  • Complexity: medium

Mohamoodha's Mutton Keema Cutlet

Mohamoodha's Mutton Keema Cutlet made up of minced meat and spices.Perfect for snacks with tea

Alleppey Fish Curry

Alleppey Fish Curry

Tasi's Pork Vindaloo

Tasi's Pork Vindaloo

Pork Vindaloo, hot and tangy is known to one of the favorite's of Goans and has become interestingly a favorite in many Anglo Indian and Christian households

Orotti
  • Time: 15 min
  • Complexity: easy

Orotti

Orotti can be used as an evening snack or if you choose, as a breakfast item. Now, you can see how easy it is to prepare.


Prawn Teeyal ( Chemmeen Theeyal)

Prawn Teeyal ( Chemmeen Theeyal)

Theeyal which means ‘burnt-out dish’ is a distinctive kerala dish having burnt coconut, and is normally dark brown in color.It gets its color from roasting of coconut and also from another ingredient. In parts of kerala, theeyal is a part of traditional sadya menu. Prawn Theeyal is my favourite amongst all Theeyals.

Tasty Aval Vilayichathu-Pushpa Special
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Complexity: medium

Tasty Aval Vilayichathu-Pushpa Special

Aval Veliyaechathu, one among Kerala's traditional snacks can be made in many different ways. Here is an unique and very tasty recipe which will make you want to eat more and more.

Prawn Fry
  • Time: 30 mins

Prawn Fry

Prawns can be cooked in different ways. They can be grilled, broiled, fried, or steamed . They can be cooked with the shell on or off and also with the vein in or de-veined. Most people will remove the vein before cooking. Fresh prawns work well in cooking than frozen prawns as frozen prawns are not be as flavorful as fresh prawns.

Kumari's Kerala Style  Carrot & Beans Thoran

Kumari's Kerala Style Carrot & Beans Thoran

Carrot & Beans Thoran - Very Easy & Tasty Thoran.

Chandravathy's Lemon Pickle

Chandravathy's Lemon Pickle

Lemon Pickle is a tasty side dish that goes well with every kerala dishes.

Mutton Masala
  • Time: 30 minutes

Mutton Masala

kerala Traditional Mutton Masala. 

Mutton masala has the flavors and taste of a naadan kerala meat preparation. And i find comfort in these naadan tastes to have with rice or kerala porotta.

Chala Peera (Sardine)
  • Time: 15 miniutes

Chala Peera (Sardine)

Kerala Traditional Chala Peera (Sardine), Tasty and Easy to Make.

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...

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

Ambika's Kappa- Kappanga-Manga avial

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***

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