the gods own country is a exotic mixture of nature's very best. For every
visitor kerala is an experience because of many aspects. Apart from natural
beauty, Kerala dishes presents a tempting appetite. Predominance of spices
is most important aspect of kerala dishes which makes it unique among the
delicacies of India. It is said that keralite never skips breakfast lunch or
dinner however busy he may be. Another aspect of it is its variety. There
are more than 100 of dishes which are peculiar to kerala and some dishes
owes much to Tamilnadu.
Rice is the staple food of the people. The Nair, Ezhavas and such other
castes are not generally vegetarians, though some individual members may
There is no great difference in the dietary habits of the Christians and
Muslims. The routine dietary in a family consists of breakfast, lunch,
Tiffin and supper. Kanji or Rice gruel with some vegetable curry and pickles
formed the main breakfast until very recently in almost all families, but it
has now been replaced by tea, coffee or other beverages taken along with
dishes like Dosai, Iddali, Poori, Chapatti and Uppuma. The lunch is always
substantial, the most important items of the menu being cooked rice of
Choru, special curries and buttermilk. Parboiled rice is used here instead
of Kaccha or raw is that in all culinary preparations coconut oil is freely
used instead of gingili or mustard oil used in other parts of India.
The tiffin consists of a cup of tea or coffee and some sweet or delicacy.
The supper, which is taken after sunset, consists either of Kanji or similar
items as for lunch. When there was acute scarcity of rice in the wake of the
Second World War, Wheat was used as a substitute for rice. Preparations of
wheat such as Poori, Chappathi and Uppuma are becoming popular. Owing to the
poor cattle wealth of the District, milk is used only by richer sections of
the community. Pickles of mango, Cherunaranga (lime fruit), nellikka (the
fruit of phyllanthus emblica), etc., are popular.
The condiments generally used are turmeric, pepper, ginger, cardamom,
cloves, spices, chilli, mustard, onion, garlic etc. Hydrogenated oils like
Vanaspathi are seldom used.