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Kerala Food in Chennai, the traditional preparations

Kerala food in Chennai, the traditional preparations

Kerala has a rich culture and tradition. The rich tradition is still being followed by the migrants from Kerala, who have settled in Chennai. So, Kerala food in Chennai, is easy to come by. The spicy dishes, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian Kerala food are delicious. Most of these Keralan dishes are made using coconut and coconut oil. Spices are fried and sometimes ground at home. Grinding using the traditional ammikkal [grinding stone] for more tasty and healthy food preparation.

There is difference in the taste and method of cooking in different parts of Kerala. Regional availability of raw material for food forms the basis for this taste difference. Some people who live in places where spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and pepper grow in abundance. They will like to have more spicy food. When the availability of spices and chillies is less in certain regions, people tend to like food which are less hot.

Traditional Kerala food recipes, which include vegetarian dishes and  non-vegetarian recipes are not complete without the traditional payasam [kheer] like Ada Pradhaman, Pal Payasam, Ethakka Payasam and much more.

You can make your own preparation of these Kerala food in Chennai, some recipes are really simple to follow.

Traditional Kerala Breakfast

Here are few traditional Kerala breakfast items. These are usually served with Vegetarian Chutneys and Curries. The traditional Kerala breakfast can also be served with Non Vegetarian curries like Fish Molee, Chicken Curry and so on.

Kerala Puttu

  • Rice Puttu
  • Rava Puttu
  • Idli
  • Dosha
  • Uppumavu
  • Idiyappam
  • Palappam (Kerala Rice Crepes)
  • Appam
  • Ada (Coconut Pancake)
  • Wheat (Godhambu) Vellayappam

Vegetarian Side Dish for Breakfast

  • Cheru Payaru ( Green Gram) Curry
  • Kadala (Bengal Gram) Curry
  • Chana Masala
  • Thenga Chammanthi ( Coconut Chutney)
  • Coconut & Peanut Chutney
  • Kunjulli Chammanthi (Pearl Onions and Coconut Chutney)
  • Ulli Chammanthi (Onion Chutney)
  • Tomato Chutney
  • Green Peas Chutney
  • Kerala Sambar
  • CheruPayaru Stew (Mung Bean Stew)
  • Vegetable Stew

Non-Vegetarian Side Dish for Breakfast

  • Egg Roast
  • Fish Molee
  • Chicken Masala Gravy
  • Kerala Chicken Gravy
  • Kerala Chicken and Potato Curry

Lunch and Dinner menu of Kerala

A normal Kerala lunch consists of plain boiled rice served with vegetarian gravies and side dishes. A few non vegetarian dishes are also served occasionally.

Special occasions call for three or four course meals that include appetizers, bread and curry, plain rice or biriyani followed by desserts. It can be vegetarian or non vegetarian.

Traditional Kerala Breads

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  • Palappam (Kerala Rice Crepes)
  • Appam
  • Coconut Ada
  • Idiyappam
  • Wheat Vellayappam
  • Kerala Porotta
  • Rotti (Sliced Bakery Bread)
  • Dinner Roll

Gravies or Curries for Kerala Style Bread

  • Fish Moilee
  • Vegetable Stew
  • Egg Roast
  • Chicken Masala Gravy
  • Kerala Chicken Gravy
  • Simple Kerala Chicken and Potato Curry
  • Kerala Chicken Roast
  • Prawns Tomato Roast
  • Spicy Chilly Fish Masala
  • Beef Masala
  • Spicy Beef Tomato Curry
  • Red Chilly Tomato Chicken Curry

Main Course

Main Course is usually plain rice served with one main gravy (Chaaru Curry), one or more vegetarian side dishes, one or more non vegetarian side dishes. In addition to rice, you can also have Tapioca (Kappa/Yuca). Biriyani, Pulav or Ghee Rice is also served along with side dishes.

  • Kappa Puzhukku (Seasoned Tapioca)
  • Kappa Erachi (Tapioca with Beef)
  • Pidi (Kerala Style Rice Dumplings)
  • Kerala Fish Biriyani
  • Egg Biriyani
  • Vegetable Biriyani
  • Chicken Pulav
  • Ghee Rice (NeyChoru)
  • Chicken Biryani
  • Shrimp/Prawn Biriyani
  • Plain Rice
  • Gravies or Curries for Plain Rice

Side Dish for Biryani

If you are making Chicken Biriyani, then you can choose a side dish like Fish Fry or Beef Fry. If your making Fish Biriyani or Egg Biriyani, then Chicken Fry will be a good choice. Remember to serve Raitha, Pappadam and Pickle with the Biriyani.

  • Kerala Fish Fry
  • Kerala Beef Fry
  • Spicy Beef/Pork Fry (Irachi Varuthathu)
  • Kerala Chicken Stir Fry (Kozhi Varattiyathu)
  • Kerala Chicken Fry
  • Prawns Tomato Roast
  • Kerala Chicken Roast
  • Tomato Chicken Roast

Side Dish for Tapioca (Kappa) and Pidi

The most common combination is Tapioca and Fish Curry. You can also have Chicken Curry or Beef Curry with Tapioca.

  • Kerala Fish Curry
  • Netholi Fish Curry (Kozhuva/Anchovy Curry)
  • Simple Prawns Curry
  • Spicy Kerala Chicken Masala
  • Kerala Chicken Gravy
  • Chicken Masala Gravy
  • Kerala Pork Masala
  • Beef Masala
  • Kerala Style Chicken Curry for Pidi

Side Dish for Ghee Rice/Pulav

Ghee Rice is usually served with a spicy Non vegetarian Gravy like Mutton Curry, Chicken Curry or Beef Curry. The side dish should have lots of gravy to complement the Ghee Rice.

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  • Kerala Chicken and Potato Curry
  • Kerala Chicken Gravy
  • Beef Masala
  • Chicken Masala Gravy
  • Spicy Beef Tomato Curry

Plain Rice is usually served with a nice gravy or Chaaru Curry.

  • Dried Prawns Mango Curry (Chemmeenum Mangayum)
  • Seasoned ButterMilk (Moru Kachiyathu)
  • Pulishery
  • Spinach Lentil Curry (Cheerayum Parippum)
  • Kerala Sambar
  • Tomato Rasam
  • Thakkali Curry (Tomato Curry)
  • Kerala Mushroom Curry
  • Vellarikka Moru Curry

Vegetarian Side Dish for Rice

  • Cabbage Thoran
  • Beans Thoran
  • Cabbage Carrot Thoran
  • Ivy Gourd Thoran
  • Aviyal
  • Beans Mezhkkupuratti
  • Spinach Thoran
  • Achinga Mezhkkuperatti
  • Mushroom Theeyal
  • Mushroom Thoran
  • Pavakka (Bitter Gourd) Thoran

Non Vegetarian Side Dish and Curries for Rice

  • Kerala Fish Fry
  • Fried Anchovies (Netholi/Kozhuva)
  • Kerala Fish Curry
  • Netholi Fish Curry (Kozhuva/Anchovy Curry)
  • Kerala Beef Fry (Ularthiyathu)
  • Spicy Beef/Pork Fry (Irachi Varuthathu)
  • Pork Ularthiyathu (Kerala Pork Stir Fry)
  • Kerala Pork Masala
  • Beef Masala
  • Red Chilly Tomato Chicken Curry
  • Spicy Kerala Chicken Masala
  • Kerala Chicken and Potato Curry
  • Kerala Chicken Stir Fry (Kozhi Varattiyathu)
  • Kerala Chicken Roast
  • Chicken Masala Gravy
  • Kerala Chicken Fry
  • Kerala Chicken Gravy
  • Spicy Pork Curry
  • Mutta Chikkiyathu – Scrambled Eggs
  • Simple Prawns Curry
  • Prawns Tomato Roast
  • Dried Prawns Stir Fry
  • Varutharacha Meen Curry
  • Thenga Aracha Meen Curry
  • Kerala Style Tomato Fish Curry
  • Unakka Chemmeen Podichathu

Typical Kerala Snacks

  • Chicken Cutlets
  • Kerala Fish Cutlets
  • Healthy Fish Cutlets
  • Vegetable Cutlets
  • Kappa Chenda (Boiled Yuca with Red Chilly Dip)
  • Kappa Puzhukku (Seasoned Tapioca)
  • Madukku San (Coconut Filled Crepes)
  • Aval Velayichathu (Sweetened Rice Flakes)
  • Avalos Podi
  • Godhambu Ada (Sweet Whole Wheat & Coconut Pancakes)

Sweets and desserts of Kerala

  • Semiya Payasam
  • Cracked Wheat Payasam
  • Mambazha Pradhaman
  • Rice Pudding
  • Paal Pidi/Paal KozhuKatta (Sweet Rice Dumplings)
  • Pazham with Pani