Authentic Street Food of Kerala

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Authentic Street Food of Kerala

The food of Kerala is so delicious that it undoubtedly develops cravings and enhances your taste buds. The history and culture of Kerala greatly influence the staple foods and the cuisine of the state. Rice, fish, and coconut are the main Kerala food items that are used in most of the staple dishes. Most people have this misconception that Kerala food is all about idlis and dosas. If you believe so, then you are in for a surprise. Kerala food is incomplete without the herbs and spices that are used to enhance the flavors of the dishes. The traditional food of Kerala includes chilies, curry leaves, cardamom, clove, cinnamon, and asafoetida. You will also be able to identify the taste of coconut in almost all the dishes, as blending grated coconut and its milk in the dishes for thickening and flavoring is a common culinary practice in the state. 

 

Idiyappam with Curry 

 

Authentic Street Food of Kerala

Also known as Noolappam, and pronounced as E-di-ap-pam, it is a popular dish in Kerala, made of rice flour, salt and water with a number of strands interwoven to give it a lovely texture. It is the texture that makes this dish stand out from the rest. It can be served with all kinds of curries but is usually served with egg curry. Some of the best places to eat this dish for a reasonable price are Jasmine Bay and Saravana Bhawan. 

 

Puttu and Kadala Curry 

 

Authentic Street Food of Kerala

A popular choice for breakfast in Kerala, Puttu is a cylindrical shaped, rice cake that is cooked in a mold with grated coconut. It is usually served with bananas, 'Kadala' curry and coconut. Don’t let the appearance fool you. This simple looking dish is very flavorsome. Some of the best places to eat this dish are Saravana Bhawan and Mezban. 

 

Ela Sadya 

 

Authentic Street Food of Kerala

Widely recognized as the King of Kerala food items, Ela Sadya is a variety of pure vegetarian items traditionally served on a banana leaf. It is most commonly prepared during religious ceremonies. You won’t find it cheap anywhere, but it sure will be worth the money with various items such as Khichadi, Varavu, Olan, Sambar, Aviyal and many others served on a banana leaf. 

 

Idli Sambar 

 

Authentic Street Food of Kerala

Perhaps the most popular dish of Kerala, Idli is widely eaten by everyone all around the nation. It is not only famous for the immensely tasty and perfectly fermented rice cakes and curry with spices, but is also equally famous for its health benefits. 

 

Nadan Kozhi Varuthathu 


Authentic Street Food of Kerala

Pronounced as N-a-d-an C-oz-hy V-a-ru-tha-thu, this is another popular dish in Kerala. Nadan Kozhi Varuthathu, in layman’s language, is fried chicken made with a lot of spices. Fried chicken, which is sure to give KFC a run for its money. You can choose to have it with chapatis or Kerala Porotta. 

 

Kerala Style Prawn Curry 

 

Authentic Street Food of Kerala

A must-try for all the seafood lovers, it is prepared with a lot of chili and pepper and is cooked in coconut milk and jaggery, giving it an unusual but flavourful. In fact, trying exotic seafood which isn’t easily available elsewhere is one of the many things to do in Kerala. You may not find this cheap, but if you want the best of Kerala with seafood being among your liking, this is the dish to go for. 

 

Dosa Ghee Roast with Kerala Style Sambar 

Authentic Street Food of Kerala

We’ve saved the best for last. This dish is a normal dosa, another staple in the Kerala cuisine, but with a twist. Made from fermented rice and lentils, the ghee roast dosa is cooked in ghee and then roasted till it gets crisp. This is a people’s favorite and it is arguably the best dish in the Kerala district. The Kerala style Sambar makes the dish all the better with its rich taste of coconut and vegetables. 


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FAQs

Kerala is considered to be that place whose food contains ingredients like coconut, tapioca, rice, cloves, black pepper, ginger, and cinnamon. Kerala’s famous street food is Idiyappam, Puttu (steamed rice rolls), Thattu dosa, Erissery & Appam. Idiyappam is one of the most relished dishes in Kerala. Erissery is a blend of coconut, vegetables, and spices like turmeric & cumin which is mainly consumed by tourists whenever they visit Kerala. Various types of seafood like mussels, prawns, crabs, & fish are also considered to be famous food in Kerala.
The cost actually depends on the spending habits of travelers. The average cost of food in Kerala is ₨ 500 per day. The cost per person can be around ₨ 250 where the breakfast prices are cheaper than lunch or dinner.
Kerala is famous for its ecotourism and beautiful backwaters. It has unique culture and traditions, & varied demography. Kerala is also famous for its spices, Tea, Coffee, Coir Handicrafts, Shell Showpieces, Kathakali Masks & Kasavu Mundu. It is known to provide the best quality of life and has an entrance to top medical and educational facilities. Kerala is very famous for its tourist destinations like Munnar, Alappuzha (Alleppey), Wayanad, Kochi, Kovalam, Kumarakom, Kovalam, etc.
Palada Payasam is one of the common Kerala sweets which is loved by Keralites. Then comes the Banana Halwa which melts in your mouth & taste nothing less than heaven. Neyyappam, Unniyappam, Elaneer Pudding are a few of the best sweet items which are recommended to be tasted at least once.
Although Kerala is a gift of nature that has a favorable climate throughout the year, it is believed that December to February is the best month to explore Kerala. Apart from these months, it is also believed that monsoons create magic in Kerala. September to March is the time when Kerala has a comfortable climate and pleasant weather with less humidity. Ultimately it depends on the traveler when he wishes to visit the place.
You can go through the following itinerary to plan for your Kerala trip. On the first day, you can visit Pothamedu, Mattupetty, and Kundala Dam and witness the beauty Kerala resides in. The next day you can visit the Echo Point, Eravikulam National Park, and Tea Museum along with enjoying a boating stint in the lake. On the third day, you can visit Thekkady, Periyar Lake & enjoy a jungle safari in the Periyar National Park. On the last day of your trip, you can visit Alleppey and check into a houseboat, which is a must when you visit this place.
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Suyog Chhetri
Last Updated : Jan 15,2021
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