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Kerala Cuisine recipes

Last Updated : Mar 06,2024

केरला प्रदेश की विविध व्यंजन : - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Kerala Cuisine recipes in Hindi)
કેરાલા પ્રદેશના વિવિધ વ્યંજન - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Kerala Cuisine recipes in Gujarati)

Kerala Recipes | Kerala dishes, cuisine | Kerala food |

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 Ragi 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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Malabar Paratha, Kerala Parotta
Recipe# 40869
10 Aug 23

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by Tarla Dalal
Malabar paratha recipe | Kerala parotta | Indian Malabar parotta | flaky paratha | with 19 mazing images. Malabar paratha recipe | Kerala paro ....
Bhindi Onion Stir-fry , Kerala-style Ularthu
Recipe# 41477
14 Apr 23

 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
Avial Recipe, Kerala Aviyal Recipe
Recipe# 32909
06 Jul 23

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by Tarla Dalal
avial recipe | aviyal recipe | South Indian avial | Kerala avial | with 35 amazing images. avial recipe is also called aviyal in South ....
Appam, Appam Kerala Recipe
Recipe# 193
15 Apr 24

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by Tarla Dalal
appam recipe | appam Kerala Recipe | South Indian appam with yeast | with 35 amazing images. appam, a South Indian delicacy, is a thin, bowl-shape ....
Malabari Curry, South Indian Vegetable Curry
Recipe# 8657
14 Aug 21

 by Tarla Dalal
malabari curry recipe | veg malabar curry | South Indian malabari curry | with 20 amazing pictures. A mouth watering South Indian curry which features a spect ....
Kerala Parippu, Kerala Dal, Onam Recipe
Recipe# 41975
01 Oct 20

 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 ....
How To Make Coconut Milk, Healthy Coconut Milk
Recipe# 32646
17 Jan 24

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 by Tarla Dalal
how to make coconut milk | Indian style homemade coconut milk | healthy coconut milk | with amazing 10 images. Nothing better than Indian style homemade coconut milk with it's soothing fla ....
Onion Tomato Uttapam, Tomato Onion Uttapa
Recipe# 40921
02 Aug 21

 by Tarla Dalal
onion tomato uttapam recipe | uttapa Mumbai style | how to make onion tomato uthappam | South Indian tomato onion uttapa | with 51 amazing images. onion tomato uttapam ....
Ela Ada Recipe, Sweet Rice Pancake
Recipe# 42242
31 Aug 20

by Tarla Dalal
ela ada, steamed rice pancake recipe | elayappam | ila ada | kerala special recipe is a sweet recipe from South India. Learn how to make elayappam. To make
Puttu, Kerala Homemade Rice Puttu for Breakfast
Recipe# 41331
18 Apr 22

 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 ....
Kadala Curry, Kerala Curry for Appam, Puttu and Dosa
Recipe# 32912
01 Jan 21

 by Tarla Dalal
kadala curry recipe | Kerala special puttu kadala curry | kadala kari | easy kadala curry for puttu appam and dosa | healthy black chick peas curry |
Lachha Paratha, Punjabi Soft Flaky Lachha Paratha
Recipe# 3450
27 Jul 22

 by Tarla Dalal
A multi-layered, crisp paratha that is truly irresistible! The Laccha Paratha is generally considered tricky to make, and if you can prepare it well, you are considered an expert cook! Not to worry, the seemingly difficult plain flour paratha will be completely under your control after you try this ....
Rose Cookies, Achappam
Recipe# 36061
10 Nov 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
rose cookies recipe | achappam | Kerala style achu murukku | eggless rose cookies - Christmas recipe | rose cookies is a crunchy and crispy snack which can be mad ....
Ribbon Sev
Recipe# 41058
20 Sep 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
ribbon sev | ribbon pakoda | ribbon murukku | ola pakoda | ottu pakoda in south india | with 19 amazing images. ribbon sev, also known ....
Vegetable Stew (  Idlis and Dosas)
Recipe# 1667
06 Mar 24

by Tarla Dalal
vegetable stew recipe | South Indian vegetable stew | vegetable curry for idlis and dosas | with 30 amazing images. vegetable stew is a delicious and aromatic accompaniment that pairs per ....
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 ....
Unni Appam, Mini Sweet Appam
Recipe# 32887
09 Jun 21

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by Tarla Dalal
unniyappam recipe | unni appam | mini sweet appam | quick unniyappam | banana appam | with 24 amazing images. South Indian unniyappam ....
Kai Kutan, Raw Banana Coconut Curry
Recipe# 4370
09 Jun 22

 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
19 Sep 22

 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 ....
How To Cook Red Rice , Red Rice with Garlic
Recipe# 42820
04 Jan 21

 by Tarla Dalal
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red rice recipe | how to cook red rice | simple red rice with garlic | red rice benefits | with 14 amazing images. red rice recipe | how to co ....
Egg Kothu Paratha
Recipe# 43086
18 Jan 24

 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
egg kothu paratha recipe | healthy bajra kothu paratha with egg | egg and vegetable kothu paratha | with 36 amazing images. egg kothu paratha is made with leftover paratha and eggs mixed wi ....
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