Kerala is known to be a haven for food lovers. From rice puttu to Kerala fish curry, there is a variety of dishes that the coastal state is famous for. If you are looking to explore the state’s vibrant food culture, TikTok’s trending #KeralaFood with more than 13 crore views (13,77,03,840) can help. Here’s what we curated for you.
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As a popular breakfast combination, rice puttu or steamed rice flour with coconut log is a must try. Along with Kadala curry or chickpeas curry, the mouthwatering dish is an apt choice for weight watchers and the health-conscious. The fibre in the unpolished rice flour, the small amount of fat from the coconut and protein from the beans are believed to keep hunger pangs at bay.
Pazhankanji, or previous day’s rice gruel, is recognised as a nutritious dish. The mix is obtained by adding water at room temperature to leftover rice after supper. Then, it is kept overnight at room temperature. The fermentation helps the dish achieve a slightly sour taste. Crushed shallots and green chillis mixed with the gruel change its constitution. It is ideally served with ‘kanthari’ chilli and salt, along with thick curd.
Mashed jackfruit curry or Chakka Puzhukku
The cuisine of Kerala is hot and spicy and offers several gastronomic delights. One such is the jackfruit curry or Chakka Puzhukku. Made with a combination of finely cut jackfruit, chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, tamarind and asafoetida, the curry is a side-dish for kanji or rice soup for dinner.
Kerala fish curry or Kerala Meen Curry
The traditional Malabari curry is a tad spicy. But, most importantly, it has a signature taste of kudampuli or dried malabar tamarind and curry leaves. Kudampuli is soaked in water briefly and added to curries. It gives the curries a sweet sourness and is slightly smoky. The juicy fish pieces soaked in the spicy mixture is a delectable option for the next dinner party or regular meal, paired with steamed rice.
Kudukka Sarbath is the latest addition to the long list of delicious treats that the state offers. Served in cute earthen pots, the nannari or naruneendi (Sarasaparilla) or sherbet syrup, made in-house, is blended with chilled milk in a mixer.
Which one would you like to try?