The blog ‘Kerala Recipes’ is taking you off for a scrumptious culinary journey that ranges from exotic non vegetarian, vegetarian and seafood dishes to a range of partially ignored veggies. Food is an expression of the history and culture of a region. If you can agree with me, let’s commence on a food journey along the fourteen vital districts of God’s Own Country. The creamy coconut flavored milk, the aroma and flavor of spluttering mustard seeds with coconut oil and the soft and delicate appams served for breakfast, are some of the specialties of Kerala Recipes. Kerala branded as ‘God’s Own Country’ is a land of coconuts and you can smell the wonderful aroma of coconut oil and coconut based dishes almost everywhere.

Malayalee dishes need no special introduction. The flavorful, simple and zesty food is an intelligent and ideal combination of potent and naturally available spices. Unlike the cuisine of neighboring states, Kerala Cuisine prides on being predominantly non vegetarian. In Kerala Recipes you will find a thrilling range of mutton, chicken, pork, beef and seafood dishes as well. You can explore a few traditional styled lip smacking snacks as well. Dishes in Kerala reflect a meeting of varied cultures. Hindu dishes generally adapt a vegetarian menu and coconut serves as the basic ingredient.

Rice is the staple food of Kerala and you will find red rice as the most commonly consumed rice. Syrian Christians in Kerala consume much meat and fish compared to other cultures. Muslims are well known for preparation of sizzling lip smacking biriyanis. Kerala is a land of coconuts and the aromatic coconut oil is preferred for cooking. Coconut oil grants a distinct and unique flavor to dishes in Kerala Cuisine. Coconut is an indispensable hero in Kerala Cuisine. Unripe mangoes are used in some fish and vegetarian dishes as well. In a nutshell, you can conclude that dishes in Kerala Recipes are wholesome, soothing, mild and very tasty as well.

Kerala also termed as the ‘land of spices’ has attracted travelers and tourists since centuries. The mountainous and rocky terrain in Kerala supports perfectly the cultivation of cardamom, pepper, nutmeg, turmeric, cinnamon and cloves. Kerala dishes exhibit a perfect blend of spices making it not too spicy nor too hot. Dishes in Kerala Recipes are mostly cool on your tummy and very wholesome and healthy too. You can explore a few of our famed dishes here, usually served for feasts, marriages and special occasions. Most of them are very simple while some require little more attention like extracting of coconut milk and the like but I am sure you are going to love them all.  

Let’s start our journey from Kasargod, a vital and interesting cultural blend of Mangalore and Malabar. Kasargod is one of the most scenic and least explored places among the districts of Kerala. Kasargod has a unique and special cuisine. Fishes are abundant here and you will discover rice and fish curry meals as the most popular food that is locally available.

Coming down, you can spot ‘Kannur’ also termed a culinary paradise. When it comes to food, Kannur is home to a lot of lip smacking delicacies. Kalthappam prepared from ground rice and jaggery is one such snack dish that will satiate your cravings. Kannur kitchens will take you through a lot many lip smacking dishes like unnakaya, kallumakkaya, pathiri amd orotti. To top up everything you discover Thalassery Dum Biriyani. Once the dum is broken, you can experience the flavor wafting through the room.

Try some of the dishes of Kannur:

Sweet Bread Chattipathiri :

Sweet Bread Chattipathiri –

The Malabar version of Italian Lasagna termed ‘Chattipathiri’ will take you through a jolly ride that you will never forget. Sweet Bread Chattipathiri is an easy version of the authentic snack of Malabar region, very popular and greatly relished as an Iftar Special. Here I used bread instead of crepes, chappatis or rotis. Chatti pathiri is a famous classic malabar regional snack. It is made in both sweet and savory variations. 

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Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani :

Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani –

Thalassery, a small commercial town in the North Kerala district of Kannur, is famous for the celebrated Malabar cuisine. Their world famous Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani is a culinary treat. This is a special biryani recipe. You will find cooked spicy chicken masala with layered rice, fried onions and the whole pot is placed on dum. In traditional “Dum” cooking, the lid is secured to the pan with a dough so that no steam can escape. Hot coal is placed on the lid, and slow cooked with a low flame from below the pan. The soul of Thalassery biriyani lies in the masala. 

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When you come down to Kozhikode, you can discover some lip smacking dishes like Kozhikode Halwa and Kozhikode Biriyani that will definitely make you drool.

Kozhikode Chicken Biriyani:

Chicken Biryani - Kozhikode Chicken Biriyani(Kozhi Biryani) –

Famed among Biriyani lovers for the richness and spicy aroma, Kozhikode Chicken Biriyani is one such Biriyani having its origin among Muslims in Kerala. Kozhikode Chicken Biriyani has captured the entire world and is a widely sought after dish, devoured with enthusiasm and great passion. Kozhikode Chicken Biriyani is a delicious and fulfilling delicacy prepared carefully with the perfect blending of spices and aroma. A thin fragrant variety of Basmati rice is employed in the preparation of Kerala Biriyani.

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Wayanad, situated in the Western Ghats, paves way for an exotic culinary journey. Bamboo Rice Payasam or Mulayari Payasam is a specialty dish enjoyed well and very popular along the tribal belt. Fine quality honey and exotic spices are another specialty of the region.

Bamboo Rice Kheer:

Mulayari Payasam Bamboo rice kheer

Mulayari Payasam | Bamboo Rice Kheer is prepared with bamboo rice. Bamboo rice sounds special and is a delicacy. With a wheat like taste, bamboo rice is comparatively much richer in protein. It contains fiber and is high in vitamin B.

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Malappuram is a region dotted with numerous Arabic restaurants. From Kuzhimanthi to Shawarma you can observe a lot many lip smacking delicacies.

Home Made Chicken Shawarma :

Home Made Chicken Shawarma –

Home Made Chicken Shawarma is an Arab dish prepared by grilling chicken pieces on a grill. It is very popular in many parts of the world and is is served almost everywhere from fast food counters to restaurants. Shawarma is preparing by stacking grilled chicken strips, mayonnaise and veggies inside a wrap or roll.

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Coming down to Palakkad, after crossing Mangalore, you can enjoy a wonderful outlet for some vegetarian food. Actually Palakkad Cuisine is a fusion of Tamil and Kerala Cuisine. Vatha Kuzhambu is the specialty dish of the region. Lip smacking dishes like sambar, rasam, inji puli are other specialty dishes of the region. No journey to Palakkad is ever complete without a visit to Varikkasseri Mana to try out the wholesome Palakkadan Sadya. Chicken Curry in Palakkad Style is another specialty dish of the region.

Chicken Curry (Palakkad Style) :

Chicken Curry Palakkad Style

Chicken Curry (Palakkad Style) is a semi dry delicious chicken preparation pertaining to Palakkad region in Kerala. The spicy thick aromatic gravy is the specialty of the dish. This is an easy to prepare dish that requires limited readily available ingredients.

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Thrissur, the cultural capital of kerala needs no special introduction. Its home to the world famous Thrissur Pooram loaded with vibrant hues and Chenda kottu. The Paal Payasam of Guruvayur shrine would definitely ascertain and strengthen your faith in divinity. On moving south to Angamaly you will discover lip smacking dishes with pork. Ranging from Pork Roast to Pork Chops are the lip smacking dishes here.

Kerala Nadan Pork Roast With Video:

Kerala Nadan Pork Roast Thrissur Style With Video –

Kerala Nadan Pork Roast is a traditionally prepared exotic dish where pork is slow roasted in its own belly fat. The dish is branded as a hot favorite in Thrissur region and no special occasions and functions miss out the dish. Kerala Nadan Pork Roast dish goes well with porotta, chappathi, almost anything. The meat is tender, juicy and soft on the inside while the outside is browned and crunchy. 

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Paal Payasam:

Paal Payasam –

In Guruvayoor, Paal Payasam is offered as the prasadam during the pooja and later distributed among the devotees. Paal Payasam is regarded as the favorite offering of Guruvaroorappan. The creamy flavored sweet payasam prepared from rice and milk, has an interesting mythological legend behind it. It is believed that Guruvayoorappan reaches the shrine daily to relish the flavorful light pinkish payasam.

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Ernakulam, the queen of the Arabian sea is also termed the food capital of Kerala. Pai dosas(around 36 varieties), duck egg dishes and momos are some of the lip smacking dishes of the district. The queen of Arabian Sea is indeed a potpourri of delicious cuisines.

Egg Momos:

Egg Momos Recipe

Egg Momos are a variety snack, very tasty and filling too. Two varieties of momo recipes are there, one prepared with vegetables and here we are going to observe the other variant. The other variety of momos is prepared with egg scramble. Momos are healthy and nutritious.

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Idukki is one of the most beautiful picturesque places that you can never forget. Just like the natural beauty, there are lip smacking dishes as well. Kappa Biriyani also termed ‘Asiad’ is one such dish. Hand mixed onions with a dash of lime is served along with the dish. Onions add crunchiness and lime adds an extra dose of tanginess to the dish. Enjoying a plate of hot Asiad in the cold, dewy atmosphere will lift up your spirits.

Kappa Biriyani:

Kappa Biriyani - Ellum Kappayum

Kappa Biriyani is a delicious and spicy blend of partially mashed tapioca with beef cooked with bones. It is also a traditional styled and authentic dish. You need no other side dish with the awesome meal. The spicy aromatic dish is full of flavors. Tapioca with beef tastes heavenly.

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Kottayam also nicknamed the land of letters, lakes, latex and beef is an interesting place that every Malayali adores. Be it appam, porotta, tapioca or even rice, the people of Kottayam has found beef dishes as the best companion to pair up with. A generous quantity of coconut milk flavored beef curry poured over mashed tapioca is relishing to every Kottayam karan/kari.

Kottayam Style Beef Fry:

Kottayam Style Beef Fry

Kottayam Style Beef Fry is a spicy, tempting dish very aromatic and delicious. This is a popular dish very much savored during family gatherings and functions. It is unique and special, with fried coconut pieces and black pepper increasing the taste and aroma of the dish. Roasting the beef to a dark brown color increases the authenticity of the traditional dish.

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Alappuzha is a must see place for every tourist visiting Kerala. With the picturesque scenery, backwaters, house boats and toddy shops, Alappuzha is a dream land, an experience in itself that every nature lover must visit. Karimeen Pollichathu, smoked pearl spot fishes wrapped in banana leaves, is the best ever dish I tasted in Alapuzha. A glass of fresh toddy served by the side is something that will elevate you and can never be expressed in words.

Karimeen Pollichathu :

Kerala Style Karimeen Pollichathu –

Karimeen Pollichathu is an exotic fish delicacy served in top rated hotels and restaurants. Pearl Spot fish or Karimeen is found extensively in the backwaters of Kumarakom and Alappuzha. It is considered a great delicacy and has been been declared as the official fish of Kerala State. The hot and spicy Karimeen Pollichathu is a favorite among both foreign and domestic tourists. This is a unique and special Kuttanadan fish preparation.

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Pathanamthitta district is nicknamed the pilgrimage capital of Kerala. The Hindu pilgrim centre ‘Sabarimala’ is located here. World famous vegetarian feast, Aranmula Sadhya’ is offered to Lord Parthasarathy of Aranmula temple. The land is picturesque and vibrant with greenery.

Kollam is the district adorned by Ashtamudi Kayal and is quite popular for its seafood delicacies like prawns, fish, squid and mussels. Fish Moilee of Kollam is a must try fish delicacy. Pair up the creamy coconut flavored gravy with appam or almost anything as fancies you. Fish Mappas and Squid Stir Fry are some other signature dishes of Kollam.

Fish Molly :

Fish Molly - Mild Fish Curry –

Fish Molly is a Kerala Style fish delicacy where fish is cooked in a coconut milk gravy. The tasty and mild flavored curry dish goes well with appam and bread. Fish Recipes in Kerala are hot and spicy and this is where the versality of Fish Molly stands out for being mild in spiciness. No wonder the dish is branded as a tourist favorite.

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Squid Masala/Koonthal Masala :

Squid Masala-Koonthal Masala Kerala Style –

Squid Masala/Koonthal Masala is a traditional styled dish enriched with spices that grants the dish a unique flavor and aroma. The dish tastes best with rice.

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Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala is famous for its crispy, tasty and spicy Trivandrum Chicken Fry. The spicy deep fried chicken can be enjoyed with Kerala Porotta or even relished alone.

Trivandrum Chicken Fry –

Trivandrum Chicken Fry is a spicy dish prepared with chicken and a blend of spices which makes it more flavorful. Enjoyed in lunches and brunches, this Trivandrum chicken fry recipe can be served as a main-dish and eaten with roti or naan and rice. Basically, Trivandrum chicken fry is one of the main dishes in Kerala non-vegetarian category. You should use coconut oil for frying chicken to get the actual Kerala chicken fry taste. 

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