Naadan mulakkita meen curry – This unique style of preparation involves slow cooking with pot tamarind (kudampuli), and keeping it aside for 4-5 hours to infuse the flavours. Sourness of the tamarind, and the mild heat from the chilli powder forms the character of this fish curry.
Kappa / Cassava – Mustard seeds, curry leaves, crushed dry chillies, and garlic, fried in coconut oil and mixed with mushy tapioca with a seasoning of turmeric and salt. For me, that’s the gooey joy of food!
Freshly grated raw papaya, and freshly grated coconut form the heart and soul of this dish. These fresh ingredients are stir-fried in coconut oil with shallots, mustard seeds, curry leaves and garden-fresh green chillies with a pinch of turmeric to create this tasty, aromatic, and healthy stir fry.
This mutton (lamb) recipe, slow-cooked in authentic Kerala style is mildly hot, and spicy, and has many great ingredients that God’s own country has to offer – great spices, coconut milk, and the signature coconut oil.
Pavakka theeyal is a traditional Kerala delicacy made with roasted coconut, spices and tamarind. Made with bitter gourd,this is a treat for your taste buds.
Made with a handful of ingredients, pappada vada is a crispy snack ideal for your evening tea. Mix the ingredients, make a batter, dip, and fry the papadams – it takes only a few minutes. You’ll be surprised at how the papadam transforms into a signature snack.
If you have been to a traditional Kerala feast (Sadya), at a wedding, a ceremony, or a festival like Onam, you would have definitely come across and tasted Avial (Aviyal), served alongside twenty or more other vegetarian dishes, and felt amazed how elegantly it stood out as the hero on the plate (or the plantain leaf in truly traditional instances).
Spicy Mixture – This humble snack, in its various avatars, is a popular, omnipresent item in all bakeries and hot chips shops across Kerala. When you have guests at home for tea, the spread is not complete without a serving of mixture. Despite being a big fan of the mixture, I had never thought that one day I’ll make this at home.
You can also make this at home. No additives, no preservatives, and no reused oil! Just a tasty, crispy snack!
Erachi Choru is a traditional meat and rice recipe from the Malabar region of Kerala. Made with all the great spices of Malabar, and flavorful coconut oil, it is the taste and love of Kerala in a plate. For me, this recipe started from an insatiable craving for Biriyani, my favourite rice dish on a Sunday afternoon. It was a lazy weekend, and I didn’t have the patience or time to cook a proper biriyani. Nevertheless, the craving to devour some rice and meat cooked with spices was not just going away. Just before I was about to order a…
This Kerala Chicken Curry (Nadan Chicken Curry) is from my granma’s kitchen. An all-time family favourite, I learned this heirloom recipe from my mom.