Highland Cuisines of Kerala - A Treat to Your Taste Buds

Highland Cuisines of Kerala - A Treat to Your Taste Buds

Highland Cuisines of Kerala – A Treat to Your Taste Buds

Highland Cuisines of Kerala – A Treat to Your Taste Buds

Kerala is more than just backwaters and palm fringed beaches. It is endowed with three distinct elevation zones known as the lowland, midland, and highland regions. On our previous blog we have explored the culinary delicacies of the lowland or the coastal Kerala. Before I introduce the traditional cuisines in the highlands of Kerala, let me take you through the land where the highlanders grow their food.

The mighty Sahya hills

The Western Ghats or Sahyaparvatam as it is known in Kerala is characterized by an asymmetrical geography. Running parallel to the coast of Kerala, the Western Ghats is located at a height of 2,694 meters above mean sea level. This amazing topography includes hilly areas, steep slopes, valleys, meadows and numerous rivers originate here. When the southwest monsoon hits the coastal Kerala, the good rains bless a bountiful agricultural season.

Home to the most wanted spices

Highland Cuisines of Kerala - A Treat to Your Taste Buds

Highland Cuisines of Kerala – A Treat to Your Taste Buds

Kerala is home to exotic food crops. It all started back in the 1900’s when people living in the lowlands migrated and started farming in the highlands. Also known as the spice capital of the World, Kerala boasts of the production of spices like cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and my favourite of all, the pepper. Being largely hilly, plantation crops like tea, coffee, spices, rubber, banana etc are abundant here. Although not all vegetables are grown here, the highlanders never compromise on the taste and the flavour of their dishes.

Eat Locally

Local cuisine is something that you should try out. You can always find vegan and non-vegan options in the local eateries here. The roadside food stalls locally known as “thattukada” serves you local dishes that blend with the Kerala food culture. The food is prepared using the freshest ingredients picked from the organic farms with true local flavours.

One cannot leave without tasting Kappa Puzhukku and Kappa Vevichathu. These are the dishes prepared using tapioca which is a staple for the people here. This extremely starchy food paired with meat or fish curry is a classic Kerala dish. Appam the staple breakfast dish, Puttu (steam cake), Kerala parotta with meat, appamwith stew, the ethnic Kerala sadhya or the vegetarian meal are some of the other authentic dishes here.

The highlands of Kerala have got some of the best varieties of food and if you are a foodie, the traditional cuisines of the highlands will leave your taste buds craving for more.

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