One of the most important things in life is the food we eat. Often people also misinterpret saying that we live to eat however that all is not true. Yes we need food for our sustenance and it is an interesting way to sustain life by indulging in amazing cuisines. And when it comes to cuisines we cannot forget the Indian cuisines. India is a land where there are hundreds of different types of cuisines and each one is unique in its own way. In this article what has been written about is the famous Kerala Cuisine. Kerala is a south Indian state with coastal areas, thus Kerala basically specializes in coastal type of food or the sea food. There are however, other various types of dishes in Kerala thereby making the cuisines of Kerala one of the most sought after. The Cuisines of Kerala reflects its geography, its rich culture and tradition and history. Kerala Cuisine has a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared using fish, poultry and meat.
In Kerala Pachakam means cooking, it also means that cooking is not only about cooking food but it is also an art of presenting your culinary skills to those who love food with a different flavour and Keralian cooking, by no means is an exception. Many say that all Indian dishes have something in common but Keralian food stands out as it has got its own needed spices giving a Keralian twang.
Kerala being a land where many coconuts is grown and thus the touch of coconut is felt in almost all the dishes prepared in this part of India. Coconut kernel i.e. the grated coconut, coconut cream and coconut milk are widely used in dishes for thickening and flavouring. Kerala has long coastline, its back water networks and strong fishing industry has contributed much towards the cuisine of Kerala. Kerala’s staple foods are rice and tapioca and all main dishes are combined with them and served with them. They also serve kootan which is side dish made out of vegetables, meat or fish. They eat rice as their main dish both for lunch and for dinner. Their breakfast is very rich but again mostly made out of rice flour or dried or fresh tapioca. Kerala cuisine is also very famous for its spices, mostly the hot ones such as chilly, black pepper, cardamom, cloves, ginger and cinnamon.The use of sweet is not famous in south India as in North India since the central Asian influence was pretty low here. Kerala too don’t have wide spread use of sweets. They however are fond of hot or warm desserts. The most popular sweet dish is Payasam. It is a dessert made out of milk, coconut extract, sugar, cashews, dry grapes, etc. This Payasam is also of various types. They are made of rice, banana starch, dal, wheat, etc. There are many more exciting things in Kerala to see around and the delicacies of Kerala just adds to it pleasure.