Kerala has so many delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.


Cuisines of Kerala

The cuisine is a very important part of Kerala culture. There are various types of dishes found in Kerala and each has a unique taste of its own. Kerala has so many delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The traditional food in Kerala is served on banana leaves.

The individuals of Kerala uses various types of spices in their cooking. Fish and rice will be the major/main (staple) food of Keralites. The cuisine listed here is usually spicy, hot, flavored and aromatic. Keralites use coconut oil for cooking & coconut paste or milk is also used to thicken the gravies. Seafood is very popular among them. Some popular cuisines of Kerala are like Puttu, Appam, Rasam, Idiyappam, Sambar, Avial, Sadya and Payasam. To refresh themselves, they take tea, coffee, and buttermilk. A typical meal includes rice, seasonal vegetables, dal, seafood curry and a sweet dish. Besides meals, various snacks like Muruku, Banana chips, Shakaruperi and several kinds of halwa may also be very popular among Keralites.

Some dishes are:

Puttu is a kind of steam cake, which is made with rice flour and steamed in long hollow bamboo or metal cylinders. Depending on the flavor preference, Puttu may be had with steamed bananas and sugar or with a highly spiced curry.



Appam is the pulpy pancake made from toddy fermented rice batter, with a gentle spongy middle, which is laced with crispy edges. It is typically consumed with vegetable, chicken or mutton stew. It is become soft, with thick coconut milk and garnished with curry leaves.





Rasam is a thin digestive of tangy spices, chilies, and tamarind water with other spices like pepper and turmeric. It is nearly like soup and is frequently taken as an appetizer.







Idiyappam or Noolappam is a kind of breakfast dish popular in Kerala, which is made from rice flour, salt, and water, it's among the simplest breakfasts & served with vegetable, egg or meat dishes.







Sambar is a type of south Indian dish that resembles a stew.It is normally made from Arhar /Toor dal and vegetables like tomato, onion, carrots & drumstick. This is very famous inside the cooking of southern areas of India, particularly in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.



Avial is an all-time preferred combination of vegetables, coconut paste, and green chilies. It is a popular side dish & usually used for seasoning purposes. Even mango, jackfruit, and cashew nuts are a part of Avial. Avial is a dish which makes by the locally available vegetables.


Sadya is a well known traditional cuisine of Kerala. This is a vegetarian meal which can be served with boiled rice and several other dishes. During special occasions and festivals, Sadya is prepared with traditional methods. The best part of this thali is that banana leaves are used as plates to serve. This gives a specific identity to the cuisine. A typical Sadya is served with Bittergourd thoran, Lime Pickle, Buttermilk, Payasam, Aviyal, Kaalan, and Sambar with Boiled rice in the center. It is the right cuisine that offers the real taste of Kerala at one go. It is among the most sought after dishes because of delectable taste and varieties.


Payasam is a famous dessert of Kerala. There are huge varieties of Payasam. One is in which rice, wheat or vermicelli is boiled with milk and sugar. It goes via the name of 'pal payasam'. Another is made of boiled rice or dal or wheat, to which is added jaggery and coconut milk. Both are flavored with spices.


In a South Indian meal, payasam is served after rasam rice. Payasam also forms an integral part of the Kerala feast (Sadya), where it is served and relished from the flat banana leaf instead of cups. In Malayalee or Kerala cuisine, there are so many varieties of payasam which is made by fruits and starch bases, for example, Hakkapradhaman is made of jackfruit pulp, Adapradhaman formed from flat ground rice.

Desserts form an integral part of Kerala cuisine. "Payasam" is a favorite dessert. If you're visiting Kerala, you should try this famous dessert. Another kind of payasam that is called "Adapradhaman" is formed of rice and milk. It is very popular during any function and family gets together.


Owing to the different colourful form of the culture, Kerala cultural tour is just a big hit in tourists.

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