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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

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.

Aloo Mutter (Potato & Peas)

Aloo Mutter (Potato & Peas)

Traditional Kerala potato dish served with chappathis

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.

Appam

Appam

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

Pazham Pori (Ripe Banana Fritters)
  • Time: 30 mts
  • Complexity: easy
  • Origin: Kerala

Pazham Pori (Ripe Banana Fritters)

Pazham Pori is a very common tea-time snack you have in kerala....you can see that it is a hot favourite in roadside tea shops and 5 star hotels alike.

Kappa Curry

Kappa Curry

A rich dish which goes well with fish or rice!

Kerala Rasam
  • Time: 15 mts
  • Complexity: very easy
  • Origin: Kerala

Kerala Rasam

Rasam is basically a traditional South Indian soup made from Indian spices, tomato and tamarind. Steamed lentils or any preferred vegetables can be added according to your choice. It can be eaten with rice or separately after a meal. It is an integral part of typical kerala feast (Sadya).

Avial

Avial

Aviyal is like a multi vitamin tablet since it has all sorts of vegetables. In Kerala,  aviyal is an important side dish  for rice in any wedding among Hindus or an important item for Onam feast.

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.

Coconut Mango Chutney/ Chammandi
  • Time: 15 mts
  • Complexity: very easy

Coconut Mango Chutney/ Chammandi

Coconut mango chutney is a delicious and easy to make traditional kerala side dish which goes well with rice, idli dosa etc.

Pazham (Ripe Banana) Payasam
  • Time: 1 hr
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Kerala

Pazham (Ripe Banana) Payasam

Banana payasam is a yummy Kerala dessert made from ripe banana, jaggery and coconut milk.

Masala Chai (Tea)

Masala Chai (Tea)

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

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