Kerala's traditional culinary heritage is an embodiment of the state's vibrant culture, history, and reverence for nature's bounty. The fusion of bountiful ingredients, traditional cooking techniques, and iconic dishes creates a culinary legacy that is both diverse and captivating. The local cuisine offers a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes made with fresh seafood, poultry, and red meat with rice as a typical accompaniment. Kerala's cuisine regularly incorporates black pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger into its recipes due to the state's prominence as a spice producer. Locals frequently utilise coconut since it is readily available and has a wealth of health advantages to make delectable foods. Indulge in these flavours and more as you embark on a unique yet traditional culinary journey.
Indulge in our Signature Dish - Raviz Nirvana
Indulge in the culinary masterpiece known as "Raviz Nirvana", a signature dish exclusively crafted at The Leela Ashtamudi, A Raviz Hotel. This extraordinary creation is a celebration of Kerala's abundant seafood treasures, expertly prepared to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more. Raviz Nirvana takes the freshest catch of the day, sourced from the pristine waters of the nearby Ashtamudi Lake, and elevates it to new heights of flavor and texture. Our skilled chefs combine traditional Kerala spices and aromatic herbs, infusing the fish with a symphony of tantalizing flavors that harmoniously blend together. The dish is a visual delight as well, presented with artistic finesse that reflects the attention to detail we uphold at The Leela Ashtamudi, A Raviz Hotel. Each element of the presentation is carefully arranged to create a feast for the eyes, enhancing the overall dining experience.
Essence of Kerala’s Traditional Sadhya
Enjoy a traditional Kerala meal on a banana leaf while you enjoy the picturesque location and views of the Lake Ashtamudi. Rice is eaten with seasonal vegetables that have been prepared in a variety of ways and featuring a variety of tastes, including sweet, spicy, sour, and acidic. All of this is served with a plethora of curries, pickles, fried side dishes, and yogurt-based meals. Traditional sweets are presented to conclude the dinner, which are served in a time-honoured order. A Sadhya experience meticulously and extensively prepared over the course of 24 hours for a minimum of 10 guests and above.
A Culinary Voyage through Kerala's Cuisine
Travancore Cuisine: Originating from the Southern region of Kerala, Travancore's culinary heritage is a testament to the region's rich history and cultural influences. The cuisine's exquisite flavors are meticulously crafted, blending fragrant spices like black pepper, cardamom, and cinnamon, with the freshness of locally sourced ingredients. This cuisine encapsulates the essence of regal indulgence, where each dish is a work of art. It is a testament to the region's culinary mastery, blending tradition, innovation, and a deep-rooted connection to the land. Exploring Travancore cuisine offers a tantalizing glimpse into the rich flavors and cultural heritage of this enchanting region.
Syrian Cuisine: For centuries, the allure of spices has attracted explorers to the southern states of India. In AD 52, legend holds that Thomas the Apostle established Syrian Christians, also known as Suriani, upon arriving on the Kerala coast. Influenced by diverse cultures, Suriani cuisine blends fresh local ingredients with spices like pepper, cardamom, star anise, fennel, and clove. Suriani family traditions evoke the aromas of wood smoke, nutmeg, and pepper in the old villas of Kerala. The traditional kitchen features six or more wood-fired stoves—one for kanji (rice gruel), another for olathiatu (stir fry), and the smallest for cooking rice pancakes on an appa chatti (griddle). While Suriani cuisine leans towards non-vegetarian, it includes delightful vegetarian options like thorans (side dishes), steamed plantains, and freshly ground chutneys accompanying every meal.
Malabar Cuisine: Malabar cuisine, originating from the Malabar region in the Indian state of Kerala, is a culinary treasure trove that captivates with its unique blend of flavors, aromatic spices, and a rich maritime heritage. Malabar cuisine owes much of its allure to the vibrant array of spices that are generously used in its dishes. From the bold heat of black pepper and the warmth of cinnamon to the aromatic essence of cardamom and cloves, the spices of Malabar infuse each dish with a depth of flavor and complexity.
Indulge in the Intimacy of Candlelight Dining
Amidst the tranquil beauty of Ashtamudi Lake, we embarked on a journey into the heart of romance at The Leela Ashtamudi, A Raviz Hotel. The setting was nothing short of magical – a lakeside haven bathed in the soft, flickering glow of candles, where time seemed to stand still. With each dish that graced our table, we embarked on a culinary adventure. The menu, a symphony of flavors, beautifully combined the essence of Kerala's rich cuisine with international delicacies. Each bite was a revelation, a testament to the culinary artistry of The Leela Ashtamudi, A Raviz Hotel.