Culinary Delights Of The Midlands

Culinary Delights Of The Midlands

Culinary Delights Of The Midlands

Culinary Delights Of The Midlands

Previously on Salt and tamarind, I took you through the cuisines of the lowlands and highlands of Kerala. This time, let me introduce to you the culinary delights of the land lying between the western ghats and coastal Kerala, The Midlands. The midlands are made up of plains, undulating hills, valleys and makes up about 40% of the land area of this amazing state.

Exploring Midlands

The midlands are further divided into Malabar midlands, Palghat region and the southern midlands. Blessed with plenty of rivers meandering through these plains, more and more people has turned towards agriculture. The main crops cultivated are paddy, coconut, banana, rubber, areca nut etc. The perennial crops like rice, sugarcane, tapioca, banana, are also grown here. You can also see an array of spices like pepper, ginger, cardamom, etc. The variety of crops grown here have influenced the way people prepare their food and it comprises of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine.

Top Cuisines

puttu / steam cake

Let’s dive straight into the cuisines.

Even though the style of preparations in the northern midlands and southern midlands is entirely different, most of the dishes have the ubiquitous coconut in common. Some of the authentic preparations in the midlands are as below:

  • Kallappam (Pancakes made of rice): Also known as Palappam is a traditional breakfast food.
  • Puttu (Steam Cake): Another breakfast food, usually served with Kadala curry.
  • Rice Pathiri: Usually eaten with either fish or meat curry.
  • Kappa and Fish Curry: This one is a staple breakfast item in the central Kerala.
  • Idiyappam and Curry: Idiyappam is eaten with meat curry or vegetable stew.
  • Sadhya: The traditional vegetarian feast rich with many side dishes, usually served as lunch.
  • Malabar Dum Biriyani: Very popular across Kerala and something you should really try out.

And there is more:

They have an endless list of traditional snacks as well and you can find them everywhere from local eateries to restaurants. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Sharkara Upperi (Jaggery coated fried Plantain chips)
  • Kerala Samosa with vegetarian fillings
  • Ulli Vada or onion fritters
  • Parippu Vada or Lentil Fritters.
  • Unniyappam is a savoury snack made from rice and coconut.
  • Kalathappam is a traditional delicacy widely prepared in the Malabar.

While non-vegetarians have a plenty of options to explore, I am sure the vegetarians won’t be disappointed either. In Fact the midlands of Kerala have a host of delicacies that a food lover could ask for.

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Bone Appetite & Happy Cooking!


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