The coastal state of Kerala has plenty to offer. Lush green coconut trees, serene backwaters, friendly locals and of course delicious food. While we already briefed you on delicious non-vegetarian dishes to try in Kerala, let’s dive straight to the most important meal of the day, breakfast. Appam with stew is a super popular dish in the state. Fluffy white appam, paired with comforting coconut milk stew loaded with vegetables, is just the comfort food you’d need to begin your day in style. But apart from this popular dish, here are 5 lesser-known breakfast dishes in Kerala you must sink your teeth into.
1. Puttu With Kadla Curry
If you’re a health freak that seeks your dose of protein, then puttu with kadla curry is a match made in heaven. Puttu is a steamed rice cake prepared with coconut. It’s one of the healthiest breakfast dishes in Kerala. Locals traditionally prepare puttu with a coconut shell and a bamboo tube. Kadla curry is a curry made from kala channa, coconut oil and subtle spices. It’s comforting, healthy and will surely satisfy your soul.
When in Kerala, you must try pathiri. Forget the popular Malabar Paratha and give this flat bread a try. This dish is made with crushed rice, baked in special pans called Oadu. Enjoy a soft, chewy taste. You can find different versions of pathiri in Kerala ranging from stuffed meat, topped ghee to fried ones. Pair it with a delicious curry and you’re good to go.
Vattayappam plays a vital role in the Christmas and Easter celebrations in Kerala. It’s a healthy yet traditional breakfast dish. Prepared from rice flour, coconut, sugar, cardamom, nuts, yeast and of course, ghee, this sponge cake has our hearts. You can start your day on a sweet note with this dish or have it with a glass of black tea in the evening. This soft, sponge, steam cake is truly delectable.
God’s Own Country offers a rice flour prepared noodle dish, that’s stringy yet tasty. Rice flour is pressed into a node form in an idli maker, and then steamed to prepare this. Pair idiyappam with egg roast or vegetable korma. If you have a sweet tooth, then have it with sweetened coconut milk. It’s also called noolappam or noolputtu which means strings. This is famous not just in Kerala, but also in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
5. Ela Ada
If a dish is steamed, filled with jaggery and coconut, then how can it ever be unhealthy right? Well, God’s Own Country offers Ela Ada, the perfect breakfast dish for people who love sweets Delicate parcels of rice are filled with coconut and jaggery, and it’s then steamed in a banana leaf. Ela Ada is also known as Elayappam. During jackfruit season, a delicious jam made from jackfruit is also used as a filling. You can even devour on Ela Ada as prasad in many Kerala temples.
So, foodies, these are 5 lesser-known, breakfast dishes from Kerala, that must definitely be on your wishlist. These are delicious, sweet, savoury, hearty and ofcourse healthy!