The distinctive cuisines of the south Indian state of Kerala encompass an exciting combination of vegetables, meats, and seafood flavored with various spices and cooked almost always in coconut milk. The northern parts of Kerala specialize in Malabar cuisine, which is noted for its liberal use of multiple herbs.
In the ancient past, voyagers from Greece, Italy, China, France, and Africa came to the spice coast of Malabar in southwest India. Malabar cuisine, with its stunning array of fish and meat delicacies, is a beautiful reminder of the foreign influence on India's southwest coast. The long stretch of coastline and the rich marine life ensure that seafood, coconut, and spices are an integral part of Malabar cuisine.
What is Mappila cuisine?
Malabar cuisine, also called "Mappila cuisine," boasts a distinct flavor and taste influenced by the Arabs and locally available spices, products, and culinary traditions. Traditional Malabar cuisine is spicy, characterized by the regular use of spices like black pepper, clove, and cardamom, and almost always cooked in fragrant coconut oil.
Famous Malabar Cuisine, Kerala
The most famous dish of Malabar cuisine is the "Malabar Biryani," first introduced in India by the Arab Seafarers. "Biryani" is a "Moghul" dish, comprising a rich rice preparation cooked with meat, onions, chilies, and other spices. The mutton is cooked until tender, and the rice is flaky and delicately spiced with the right blend of seasonings to leave a lingering taste in the mouth. The Malabar Muslims are believed to have a distinct culinary culture, bearing a strong influence on Arab, Moghul, and local Kerala cuisine.
Pancakes of Malabar Cuisine, Kerala
The mildly flavored and gently cooked Malabar cuisine is also famous for its variety of pancakes and steamed rice cakes made from pounded rice. "Pathiri" is a famous pancake made of rice flour. Some other mouth-watering Malabar dishes include
Another well-known Malabar cuisine, Kerala
"Meen Pathiri' (Steamed Rice Flour Pie with Fish), "Adaku Pathiri' (Layered Rice and Egg), "Kohzi Curry' (Chicken Curry), and "Alsa"-a traditional Arabic delicacy made of wheat, meat (or chicken) and salt, are some of the well-known dishes of Malabar cuisine which are worth a try while on Kerala Tour.
Some of the exotic recipes of Malabar Cuisine include the "Beef/Erachi Varattiyathu"—a flavored meat preparation with very little gravy, and the "Aadu Porichathu"—whole roasted goat stuffed with chickens, which are further stuffed with eggs!
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