If you can feel the backwaters, lush green coconut trees and the charming houseboats of God’s Own Country country call you, then you know what to do, travel when you can. But if you’re a hardcore meat lover, then apart from the stunning scenery, the whiff of freshly prepared meat delicacies might also attract you to Kerala. But the question is, which dishes to add to your bucket list? Well, let’s help you with that. So here are 6 non-vegetarian dishes from Kerala that will satisfy your meat cravings.
1. Nadan Kozhi Varuthathu (Spicy Chicken Fry)
There are two kinds of people in this world, those who love spicy food and those who don’t. And if you belong to the former category then Kerala’s Nadan Kozhi Varuthathu or spicy chicken fry is a must. Served with onion, spices, vinegar and garlic, this spicy chicken dish is offered on a banana leaf. Pair it with the Kerala parotta and you’ll totally forget KFC chicken.
2. Karimeen Pollichathu (Fish)
Karimeen Pollichathu is a fish dish prepared out of the Pearl Spot Fish, found in the backwaters of Alleppey or Kumarakom. So while you’re resting in your cosy houseboat on the backwaters, make sure you gorge on this amazing dish. Karimeen Pollichathu is originally a Syrian Christian delicacy. But now it’s part of the Kerala cuisine. Prepared with lemon juice, chillies and spices, the fish is marinated and then wrapped in banana leaves. The exotic style of cooking it gives it a rich, unique flavour. It will leave you asking for more.
3. Nadan Beef (Kerala Style Beef Fry)
If there’s one thing you must know about Kerala, that’s the fact that this destination is known for its tasty beef dishes. So if you wish to savour a hearty beef dish then all you have to do is visit Kerala. Nadan Beef is a rich beef fry prepared with curry leaves, ginger, garlic and mustard. The flavours and bold and it goes best with rice or Parotta.
3. Erachi Varutharacha Curry (Fried-Ground Mutton Curry)
One of the most loved dishes in Kerala, Erachi Varutharacha is a fried ground mutton curry. This again is originally a dish coming from the Syrian Christian community. It involves frying and grinding the spices before mixing them in the base of onions, tomatoes and mutton. We bet this is one of the tastiest meat dishes you’ve ever had.
4. Thalassery Biryani
Biryani is one dish that you can find a hundred iterations throughout India. And Kerala is no different. Places like Calicut and Thalassery offer the best varieties of biryani in the state. And Thalassery Biryani must be on your menu when you plan a visit to Kerala. Kaima rice , authentic masala, spices, stuffed meat and dry nuts go into this biryani. You can get a mesmerising aroma from this mildly spiced biryani. Savour it with curd, lime pickle and salad.
5. Kallumakkaya Ularthiyathu ( Mussels)
Kerala is all about its irresistible seafood. So, every seafood dish here holds its own unique touch. Kallumakkaya Ularthiyathu is a dish prepared from mussels. Mussels first get cleaned and then cooked in onion, garlic, garam masala and oodles of grated coconut. It takes a lot of time and effort to prepare this dish. And that’s the secret behind its finger-licking good taste.
6. Kerala Style Prawn Curry
Are you a prawn lover? Then Kerala style prawn curry is just heaven. This traditional curry is prepared with prawns, chilli, salt and turmeric. And then, cooked in coconut milk, jaggery and finally garnished with curry leaves. It’s exotic with a rich curry and succulent prawns. In fact its one of the best seafood dishes in the state. Guaranteed foodgasm!
So these are some of the best non-vegetarian dishes from Kerala to satisfy your craving tastebuds. While we covered dishes from Kerala, here are some of the best dishes from East India that must be on your wishlist.