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Kerala Cuisine recipes


Last Updated : Oct 01,2018



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Kerala Recipes

Although there is a lot of overlap between the cuisines of different South Indian states, each region also has its distinctive touch and favourite recipes. Likewise, there is a lot of similarity between the food cooked in Kerala, and that of coastal Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Yet, there are all-time favourites like Unni Appam and Puttu that stand apart!

Ragi Puttu
Ragi Puttu

Keralites use coconut abundantly in their cooking, because it is available in plenty in that region. Most veggies are cooked with coconut-based masalas, and coconut is also used in the preparation of sweets and snacks like Puttu. A lot of native fruits and veggies like jackfruit, yam, raw banana, yellow banana, ash gourd and pumpkin are used in the cooking. The curries usually have a base of coconut or coconut milk, with tinges of green chillies, ginger and sometimes garlic. Among the spices, cumin is used popularly, and there are some special curries that are flavoured with freshly-ground pepper, which also grows in the region. A stout and stocky type of red rice is used there, but with more and more visitors flocking to God’s Own Country, restaurants have also started serving white rice.
 

Kerala Recipes, populr combinations

Quick IdiyappamQuick Idiyappam

The moment one thinks of Keralite food, some all-time favourite combos immediately come to mind. Idiyappam with Vegetable Stew or Puttu with Kadala Curry are totally sumptuous and satiating foods that make a complete meal! These are the two most famous breakfast combos of Kerala. The Unni Appam, made of broken wheat, rice, banana and jaggery, is a tasty sweet snack that is very often made in Keralite households. It is made as an offering to God, and served to the family. Unni Appam is made in almost all Keralite temples, and sold at the temples’ prasadam stalls.

Ela Ada Recipe
Ela Ada Recipe

Sweets and savouries made of jackfruit and yellow banana are also classic dishes to try in Kerala. The raw jackfruit chips have a special texture that is both crisp and chewy at the same time! This fruit is also cooked into a puran and used to make a steamed delicacy known as Ela Ada, in which the jackfruit stuffing is placed inside rice pancakes, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. The banana leaves impart a special flavour and aroma to the Ela Ada, making it a unique treat that’s on the must-taste list of any foodie. Yellow banana is one of the favourite fruits in Kerala. It is steamed or roasted with the peel on, then peeled and served. It can also be enjoyed raw. On a rushed day, a Keralite will just walk into a roadside tea stall to have a simple but sumptuous meal of yellow banana and a glass of black tea!
 

Kerala Recipes for Festivals

Paal Payasam in A Pressure CookerPaal Payasam in A Pressure Cooker

Any festival, puja or special occasion in Kerala is incomplete without a spread of kheers or payasams, as it is called there. Milk-based kheers sweetened with white sugar, dal kheer sweetened with jaggery and their own indigenous jackfruit payasam (Chakka Pradhaman) are must-have items for any celebration! Apart from the usual kheer made of broken rice cooked in milk, Kerala is famous for its Ada Pradhaman. Rice paste is spread into thin sheets and dried in the sun, to make a papad like food known as ada. This ‘ada’ is crushed into a small, handy size and sold in packs. Ada is cooked in milk or coconut milk and sweetened with sugar or jaggery to make a mouth-watering kheer. This is one of the signature recipes of Kerala!

Now that you know what to expect when you travel to Kerala, and what are the must-have foods on your check-list, let’s also show you how to prepare some of these at home, right in your own kitchen. It is fun, it’s tasty, and it is a veritable culinary journey worth undertaking…

Enjoy our collection of Kerala Recipes and artilces on  South Indian recipes below. 

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Idli
Recipe# 1652
29 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Fluffy as cotton balls, white as the moon’ - every South Indian remembers those fond descriptions of Idli that mom used to convince them to eat breakfast when they were kids. Indeed, that is how the perfect Idli must be too. Grinding of batter and the pr ....
Kerala Parota, Flaky Kerala Paratha
Recipe# 40869
21 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Kerala Parota or Malabar Parota is a unique dish from Malayalam cuisine, which is not to be confused with North Indian parathas. The Kerala Parota is made of a plain flour dough, rolled in a special way using a lot of oil for greasing. This gives it a characteristic texture that is flaky and slightl ....
Ribbon Sev
Recipe# 41058
01 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Ribbon Sev, also known as Ribbon Pakoda, Ola Pakoda or Ottu Pakoda in South India is a broad, ribbon-shaped sev that is super crisp because of the perfect proportioning of rice flour, besan and butter. The dough for this deep-fried snack is flavoured aptly with chilli powder and asafoetida, which gi ....
Puttu, Kerala Homemade Rice Puttu for Breakfast
Recipe# 41331
24 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A timeless culinary treasure from the kitchens of Kerala, Puttu is one of the healthiest breakfasts you can think of! Made of steamed rice flour and grated coconut, Puttu has a unique taste and texture, which comes from the special container that it is steamed in. Traditionally, Puttu was steame ....
Ela Ada Recipe, Sweet Rice Pancake
Recipe# 42242
03 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Ela Ada is a traditional sweet delicacy from Kerala, made by steaming stuffed rice flour pancakes wrapped in a banana leaf. Here, we have shown the Ela Ada with a coconut and jaggery stuffing. On special occasions, it may also be made with a stuffing of sweetened jackfruit pulp. Ela means le ....
Vegetable Stew (  Idlis and Dosas)
Recipe# 1667
07 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Idiyappam and Appam would be incomplete without a bowl of this mouth-watering Vegetable Stew. Easy to prepare, the stew is nothing but mixed vegetables in a gravy of coconut milk perked up with whole spices and green chillies. While the coconut milk gives it a soothing flavour, the spices ensu ....
Kerala Sambar, Kerala Sambhar with Coconut
Recipe# 42047
24 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
The Kerala Sambhar is a rich and flavourful version, which is made of toovar dal and mixed vegetables like brinjal, ladies finger and red pumpkin, laced with tamarind and flavoured with a spicy masala of coconut, onion, coriander seeds and other spices like pepper, fenugreek and cumin. The flavo ....
Kerala Parippu, Kerala Dal, Onam Recipe
Recipe# 41975
19 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Simple yet rich, the Kerala Parippu is something beyond explanation – an experience to be savoured. This authentic Kerala dal recipe uses common, everyday ingredients, yet it is addictively tasty when had with freshly steamed rice ! Cooked moong dal is flavoured ....
Paal Payasam in A Pressure Cooker, Sweet Milk Rice Kheer Recipe for Onam
Recipe# 41914
19 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Paal Payasam is one of the most traditional kheers of South India. It is served in almost every wedding and other special occasions. The traditional method, which involves cooking the rice in milk in a heavy-bottomed vessel, takes a long time. Hence, we present you with a quick and easy alternat ....
Upperi, Raw Banana Sweet Crispies, Recipe for Onam
Recipe# 41913
01 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This is an awe-inspiring snack from the traditional cuisine of Kerala. Crunchy, deep-fried raw banana roundels are bathed in jaggery syrup and coated with powdered sugar to make a crisp and sweet snack with a rustic, traditional taste. The coating of powdered sugar enhances the mouth-feel of the ....
Onion Tomato Uttapam, Tomato Onion Uttapa
Recipe# 40921
19 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Onion Tomato Uttapam is a sumptuous South Indian snack, often had for breakfast or dinner. It is basically a thick pancake, made with dosa batter and topped with juicy onions and tangy tom ....
Appam, Appam Kerala Recipe
Recipe# 193
20 Oct 18

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by Tarla Dalal
Appam is a famous dish from the Keralite repertoire of South Indian cooking. This recipe is an easy-to-make, instant version of the otherwise tough-to-make dish. Since yeast is used, the batter need not be fermented for long unlike the traditional vers ....
Malabari Curry, South Indian Vegetable Curry
Recipe# 8657
24 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Malabari Curry is a mouth-watering South Indian vegetable curry, which features a spectrum of textures and flavours. An assortment of veggies gives this curry multiple colours, flavours and textures, while a tongue-tickling paste of of coconut and spices giv ....
Bhindi Onion Stir-fry , Kerala-style Ularthu
Recipe# 41477
19 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Bhindi coupled with everyday ingredients like onions, green chillies and garlic gives you a tasty and healthy subzi that you can make any day. It is really simple but tastes awesome. Try other healthy subzis like Baingan Methi ki Subzi and
Unni Appam, Mini Sweet Appam
Recipe# 32887
03 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
If you are familiar with South Indian cooking, you are sure to have encountered the traditional appam, the irresistibly sweet, deep-fried, brown-coloured balls fragrant with banana and molten jaggery! While it is traditionally made using ground wheat or ....
Kadala Curry, Kerala Curry for Appam, Puttu and Dosa
Recipe# 32912
24 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Spicy and tongue-tickling, this Kadala Curry is a traditional Kerala favourite that has now become well-known throughout the world as the best combination for soft, fluffy Appam ! This sumptuous curry features cooked kala chana pepped up with a coconut-based masala that ....
Kai Kutan, Raw Banana Coconut Curry
Recipe# 4370
19 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A traditional preparation from Kerala where "kai" means plantain and 'kutan' means curry. Coconut, cumin seeds and ginger combined with curds to make this delicious plantain curry. Enjoy this traditional preparation with steamed rice .
Quick Idiyappam
Recipe# 40199
26 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Quick Idiyappam is a safe, easily-digestible, steamed food that south Indians, especially Keralites, love to have for breakfast and dinner. A dough of rice flour is pressed out of a chakli press in the form of thin noodles, and steamed, to get a soft and tasty food, which combines fabulously with Po ....
Ragi Puttu, Healthy Kerala Homemade Ragi Puttu for Breakfast Recipe
Recipe# 42540
24 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Puttu is one of the most famous breakfast dishes of Kerala. It is made with flours of grains like red rice, ragi, corn, etc. Of these, the Ragi Puttu tastes and looks the best. The alternating layers of coconut and brownish ragi look simply awes ....
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