Friday, March 26, 2010
Food is integral to the travel experience
Till 30 years back, even Indians from other states had no clear idea what exactly the food of Kerala was like. But with tourism having become a major role, Kerala cuisine has experienced resurgence.
Kerala’s tryst with spices remains as strong as ever. The trading of spices between Kerala and world goes back at least to the third millennium BC. Kerala is the land of different spices. Breakfast, lunch, dinner even snacks in evening tea has served with different items. The various people, who invaded, colonized, traded with or settled in this area, all left their indelible mark on the cousine that, incourse of time, evolved into one with an identity of its own. One that is remarkable for its simplicity, taste and range. Cardamom,Pepper,turmeric,cinnamon,nutmeg,ginger,chilli,curry leaf,clove has big role in Kerala food menu preparation.
In Kerala rice plays an important role in food menus. It’s not just a staple but also the base for large number of dishes. Most of the foods are served on banana leaves.
Kerala cuisine is a combination of Vegetables, meats and seafood flavoured with a variety of spices. Seafood's are main diet of Coastal Kerala. Whereas Vegetable is the main diet in plains of Kerala and Meat is the main course among tribal and northern Kerala
Sadya' - Kerala feast:
The typical Kerala feast served on a banana leaf, is a sumptuous spread of rice and more than 14 vegetable dishes, topped with `payasam', the delicious sweet dessert cooked in milk.
Aappam is a Kerala favourite and there are many varieties. For breakfast this pancake is usually made from a rice flour and toddy batter. It has a thick, spongy center and very fine lacy outer section. It's usually taken with spiced sauce, sometimes with fruit.
Puttu is another popular breakfast dish. It is made from rice flour dough combined with shredded coconut steamed in a bamboo stick. It is served with banana or plain with sugar.
Idi-appam is rice noodles usually served with coconut milk but they may also accompany meat dishes