Culinary - The Leela Kovalam


    From spicy, fried and baked delicacies served at the quaint little bakeries dotting the streets to delicious South Indian favourites, the local cuisine offers a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared using fresh seafood, poultry and red meat with rice, a typical accompaniment

    Being a major producer of spice Kerala cuisine frequently uses black peppers, cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon and ginger in its dishes. Since coconut is available in abundance and it is loaded with numerous health benefits, locals use it abundantly to create delicious dishes Some of the popular cuisines from the region are:

    Malabar Cuisine

    Flanked by the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, the Malabar area is responsible for having provided some of the most delicious and flavourful additions to Kerala cuisine. It has a wide range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare and people flock to these parts to taste the unique flavour of the food here. The very aroma of Malabar dishes will surely transport you to the friendly shores from which this delicious cuisine originated.

    Travancore Cuisine

    The cuisine of Travancore is highly influenced by the Syrian Christians, and that is why they have a good balance of bland as well as spicy preparations with a fair mix of meat, seafood or vegetables. The USP of this cuisine is its simplicity and freshness of ingredients.

    Its signature dishes are fish curry, Karimeen Pollichathu ' (Pearl Spot cooked in banana leaf), stew, avial (made of mixed vegetables) and chicken curry.

    Nasrani Cuisine

    This cuisine is mainly influenced by the Mar Thoma Christians of Kerala, which is a blend of Indian, Middle Eastern, Syrian, Jewish and Western styles and flavours of cooking. Specialities from the cuisine include mappas or chicken stew, meat thoran (dry curry with shredded coconut), seafood and duck curries, and meen molee (spicy stewed fish) Latin Christians in Kerala follow the Portuguese heritage and lifestyle. In addition to chicken and fish, Christians along with a section of Hindus and all Muslims in Kerala eat red meat Irachi ularthiathu also known as Kerala beef fry is a beef dish cooked with spices.

    Sadhya - A feast of flavours

    Indulge in the traditional Kerala feast on a banana leaf, in the idyllic settings overlooking the Arabian sea. This feast boasts of rice served with seasonal vegetables cooked in various styles and in different flavours - sweet, spicy, sour and tangy. All this accompanied by a series of curries, pickles, fried condiments and yoghurt-based dishes. The meal is served in a time-honoured sequence, ending with myriad traditional desserts.