The unusual cuisine of Kerala
brings to the fore the culinary expertise of the people
of Kerala. The cuisine is very hot and spicy and offers
several gastronomic opportunities. The food is generally
fresh, aromatic and flavoured. Keralites are mostly fish-and-rice
The hot Rasam, served after
a delectable array of sweets, is a tangy deviation from
the symphony of tastes and is poured on another serving
of rice. The famous British 'Mulligatawny Soup' is said
to have derived its flavour from Rasam.
Rasam is a mixture of chilly and pepper corns powders
boiled in diluted tamarind juice. The pulissery is seasoned
buttermilk with turmeric powder and green chillies. 'Moru'
or plain sour buttermilk comes salted and with chopped
green chillies and ginger.
Appam is the soft pancake made
from toddy fermented rice batter, with a soft spongy middle,
which is laced with crispy edges. It is generally consumed
with either vegetable or chicken or mutton stew, thoroughly
mellowed with thick coconut milk and garnished with curry
A type of steam cake, 'Puttu'
is made from rice flour and steamed in long hollow bamboo
or metal cylinders. Depending on the taste preference,
Puttu can be had with steamed bananas and sugar or with
a spicy curry made from gram or chickpeas.
Tapioca & Fish
A sumptuous, mouthwatering
delicacy, it's a not- to- be-missed combination of 'Kappa'
and 'Meen curry'. With natural flavours erupting out of
it liberally, the fish curry is made with garlic paste,
onions and red chillies and seasoned with mustard seeds
and curry leaves.
Payasam is a thick fluid dish
of brown molasses, coconut milk and spices, garnished
with cashewnuts and raisins. There could be a succession
of payasams, such as the lentil payasam and the jackfruit
payasam, Bengal gram payasam and so on, though 'Adapradhaman',
a rich payasam with thin rice wafers, is arguably the
'Palppayasam', made with sugar,
ghee and spices, brewed in creamy white milk is regarded
as the last word in sweet dishes. This is served with
a golden yellow sweet pancake known as 'boli'.