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KNOW ABOUT KERALA ITS RICH CULINARY HERITAGE

Kerala and Its Amazing Cuisine

Kerala or Keralam

 is an Indian state located on the Malabar Coast of southwest India.Thiruvanthapuram is the state capital. Malayalam is the main language, but English is also understood by the majority of Keralites.

Kerala cuisine is an unexplored area of Indian cuisine. Its possibilities are unlimited and very cost-effective in terms of producing fantastic dishes.
Kerala dishes are simple and lean compared to other rich cuisines of India, mainly due to the coastal influence in Kerala cuisine.
Kerala cuisine has a fantastic legacy of seafood recipes, which will be an added advantage for any Indian restaurant.

Kerala cuisine has to be marketed to bring in clients since it is a different taste from the normal Indian cuisine.Kerala is India’s top tourist destination and is famous for beaches, backwaters, cuisine, hill resorts, yoga, and Ayurveda treatments. The Kerala tourism board branded the state as “God’s own country.” It lives up to the brand image and is now one of the best destinations in the Asian Pacific.

Kerala may not be popular around the globe, but the world kitchens cannot be complete without spices exported from India.

Kerala’s history is closely linked with its commerce, which until recent times revolved around its spice trade. Celebrated as the spice coast of India, ancient Kerala played host to travellers and traders from across the world, including the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French, and British. Almost all of them have left their imprint on this land in some form or another—architecture, cuisine, or literature.

Kerala is a land of multicultural and religious communities where each community in the state celebrates its own festivals.

There are some festivals unique to the state of Kerala. Most important of them are Onam and Vishu.

Onam is a traditional harvest festival of Kerala. This falls in the months of August to September. The festival is meant to celebrate the annual homecoming of the king Mahabali.

The festival happens for ten days, and colourful carpet is laid in front of every house during these days. Families serve a traditional meal called “sadhya” during this time, especially on the ninth and tenth days. The meal is served in the traditional way in banana leaves with around twenty to twenty-eight dishes.

Vishu is the traditional new year’s day of the state and is another traditional festival occasion for Kerala. Vishu has a lot of significance for Hindus, as Vishu marks the astronomical new year. People believe that Vishu is the festival that brings prosperity and calm to life.

This festival falls in the month of April and is considered the most auspicious day of the year. Even on this day, a traditional meal or sadhya is prepared by the women of the house, and the whole family has the lunch together.