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Cuisines Of Kerala, The City Of Spices


Kerala cuisines follow the Malabari, Arabian and French touch. These influences with the cooking style in here and the end product is hugely admired around the world. The Portuguese used to visit this place for its variety of spices. These spices usage is in the right quantity in all the meals prepared here. Kerala lies in the coastal region, so the seafood is in abundance and fresh.

Hence for Non-Vegetarian foodie, there are many different varieties of foods available here like Tuna, Lobsters, Oysters, Crab, Prawns, Mackerel, etc. The food style in Kerala not only contains Non-Veg; a wide variety of vegetarian food is also available here.

Here is the list of the most popular food cuisines of Kerala.

 1. Idiyappam Biryani- Cuisines available only in Kerala

Idiyappam is a dish made from rice flour. This dish is preferable with a curry or stew. It is known as the Kerala style Maggi because of its similarity in shape and texture.

Idiyappam a Kerala Cuisine with Kadala Curry

Even you can have this dish with egg curry. The thin threads of this dish are easy to digest and gives you a refreshing taste.

2. Appam- One of traditional cuisines 

One of the most popular dishes in Kerala, appam is another dish prepared from rice. Everyone in Kerala likes appam, and in general, it is a rice pancake.

Kerala Appam Image credits Archana Kitchen

There are different styles for making it. It could be made with and without sugar. Usually, the appam is served together with stew or other curries. The best thing about this is that it is healthy food and can directly have without any supportive curry.

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3. Puttu

The puttu is another rice recipe. Puttu is a cylindrical shape food, that can be prepared from a puttu maker machine. It’s one of the best morning breakfast.

Puttu A Dish In Kerala

It is a light and tasty breakfast to kick start the day. Usually, the combination is with kadala curry, which is black chickpeas and gives a better taste with puttu.

4. Erissery

Erissery A Dish In Kerala

Erissery is every kitchen delight in Kerala. Prepared by boiling sweet pumpkins with spices and salt. This is a delicious curry and better have it with rice for great taste. It holds significant importance on the eve of the Onam festival. During Sadhya this curry is second on the serving list.

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5. Ela Sadhya

Ela Sadya is a combination of all-vegetarian Kerala food! with a huge number of choices to select from, Sadya is a special thali that is available during festive seasons or during special occasions like marriage, celebrations, etc.

Ela Sadhya In Kerala

This lunch is a mix of dish like pachadi, kichadi, pulissery, olan, sambar, varavu, thoran, aviyal, payasam, together with hot steaming rice on a banana leaf

6. Parippu(Dal) Curry

Parippu Curry A Dish In Kerala

It is quite unusual for the people in Kerala for their taste in dal curry. The parippu curry is quite famous here and has some wide varieties of dal curry available here. For festive occasions, the Masoor dal curry is prepared, and for the general event, simple dal curry is a choice. The parippu curry here is quite spicy and has a lot more spices. So it is a must for every visitor to try this once and feel it themselves.

7. Ghee Dosa and Sambar

Dosa is worldwide famous for its taste and texture. Ghee is the main ingredient for making it tastier.

Dosa A Famous Dish In Kerala

It is one of the world-famous cuisines available in Kerala. The combination sambar as a curry makes a lot more difference to its taste. The sambar is a curry that has all the vegetables available and then when served with the ghee roasted dosa, makes the perfect combination.

8. Kozhi Varuthathu one of the best  Kerala Cuisines


The real meaning of Kozhi Varuthathu is fried chicken. Usually served together with roti or parotta. Flour and maida mixture are the main ingredients to prepare Parotta and becomes very heavy for lightweight food eaters. The chicken curry served in a banana leaf with onions garnished around its corner.

9. Prawn Curry

The traditional prawn curry of Kerala main ingredients is chili, pepper and coconut milk.

Prawn Curry A Dish In Kerala Image Credit: Archana Kitchen
Prawn Curry A Dish In Kerala Image Credit: Archana Kitchen

Leaves act as a garnishing element. This taste is Kerala’s own taste. It is a portion of local cuisines for the coastal regions of Kerala.

10. Karimeen fry- One of the extraordinary Cuisines

Karimeen Fry A Dish In Kerala

One of Kerala’s most traditional cuisines, Karimeen Pollichathu is made out of a dotted fish ordinarily found in the backwaters of this Alleppey. Once Famous only among the Syrian Christian community of Kerala is now one of the state’s main Cuisines. The fish curry preparation takes place with marinating the fish and filling in the stuffing of spices salt and others inside it. Fish curry is accompanied with either rice or chappatis.

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