What to Eat in Kerala

What to Eat in Kerala

1 . Steamed rice

It is a staple in Indonesia, Korea, China, Japan, Malaysia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, and numerous other Latin American and Asian countries. It is also used as a main ingredient in many dishes.

2 . Sambar

Sambar is a lentil based vegetable stew or chowder based on a broth made with tamarind popular in South Indian and Sri Lankan Tamil cuisines adapted in each to its taste and environment.

3 . Dal

Dal or pappu or paripu is a dried pulse (lentil, pea or various types of bean) which has been split. The outer hull is usually stripped off; dal that has not been hulled is described as chilka (skin), e.g. chilka urad dal, mung dal chilka. The word dal is also used to name the thick stew prepared from these pulses, an important part of Indian, Nepali, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, West Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine. It is regularly eaten with rice in southern India, and with both rice and roti (wheatbased flat bread) throughout northern India and Pakistan as well as Bangladesh, East India, and Nepal where Dal Baht (literally: dal and rice) is the staple food for much of the population. Dal is a ready source of proteins for a balanced diet containing little or no meat. Sri Lankan cooking of dal resembles that of southern Indian dishes.

4 . Avial

Avial is a dish that is common in Kerala as well as Tamil cuisine and Udupi cuisine. It is a thick mixture of vegetables, curd and coconut, seasoned with coconut oil and curry leaves. Avial is considered an essential part of the Sadya, the Keralite vegetarian feast.

5 . Kaalan

Kaalan is a Keralite dish (south India) made of yogurt, coconut and one vegetable like nendran plantain or a tuber like yam. It is very thick and more sour than Aviyal.

6 . Pachadi

Pachadi refers to a traditional South Indian pickle used as side dish. Broadly translated, it refers to food which has been pounded. In Kerala and Tamil Nadu, pachadi is a side dish curry similar to the North Indian achaar.It is made of fresh vegetables and is served as an accompaniment for rice, snacks like idli, dosa, and pesarattu. Many kinds of vegetables are included. Sometimes the peel of a vegetable is used viz. peel of ridged gourd known as beerapottu pachadi in Telugu. The Telugu pickle (pachadis) are very hot and spicy to taste; the vegetables used are more or less raw or saut

7 . Kichadi

Kichadi is a Malayali dish (south India) made of curd and cucumber in raw or cooked form. Kichadi is often served as part of the Sadhya. Kichadi has no relation with the NorthIndian dish Khichdi.

8 . Poduthol

Poduthol is a South Indian North Malabar side dish. It is generally had with cooked rice during lunch and dinner. It is a customary dish in weddings and other ceremonies.

9 . Thoran

Thoran is a Keralite dish. This popular and common dish is usually prepared to be eaten along with steamed rice. It is usually served as part of the Sadhya along with other dishes.

10 . Olan

Olan (pronounced [o?lan]) is a dish that is part of the Kerala cuisine of the state of Kerala in South India. It is prepared from white gourd, coconut milk and ginger seasoned with coconut oil.

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