An unusual combination of sweet mangoes and green bananas cooked in yoghurt with green chillies, ginger and fresh curry leaves. A sweet and sour dish that is highly recommended.
Koyilandi Konju Masala
Speciality of Koyilandi, a place very close to Vasco de Gama's first step in India. A thrilling prawn dish cooked in a thick sauce with ginger, curry leaves and onions.
The most famous dish of "Kallu Shaap ( Toddy Shops ) all over Kerala. King fish cooked in a sauce made from onions, fried chillies, turmeric and ginger served with a plate of cassava steamed in turmeric water. This combination tastes so good that people walk into these village bars just to taste it even though they don't drink alcohol.
Varutharacha Meen Curry
This unusual curry is made by fisherman on board their boats, during long fishing trips. Telopia is cooked with Indian shallots, red chillies and tamarind juice. This is a curry dish with a thick sauce.
Adipoli Erachi Mulegu
Hugely popular kallu shappu (toddy shop) dish that is consumed either with or without coconut toddy. It would be only fair to say that this is the favourite dish in achayan families (Christian homes) and a wedding would be unimaginable without this lamb dish cooked in chilli and turmeric water and then stir-fried with Indian shallots, ground black pepper and coconut slivers. Makes an unbeatable combination with appams or pooris.
Malabar Erachi Charu
Popularly know as attirachi curry, a sought after meat dish in kerala home. Tender pieces of lamb cooked with aromatic spices , turmeric, red chillies and onions . Highly recommended with Malabari paratha or boiled rice.
Vadakkan Koyi Biriyani
This is the Malabar variant of that famous Hyderabadi dish that has become the favourite rice dish of millions. Aromatic masalas, and the combination of rice and meat makes an attractive package for any feast. Perfumed basmati rice cooked with cubes of chicken, saffron, cashew nut and served with yoghurt raita.
Varutharacha Kozhy Curry
A home speciality chicken curry with dry roasted coriander seeds, freshly grated coconut, dried red chillies, fresh curry leaves and tomatoes. Goes well with parathasor boiled rice.
Calicut Chicken Kurma
A lunch time favourite in restaurants on mittai theruvu (sweets street) in Calicut with 'choodu choodu' (hot-hot) Malabari parathas. Chicken cooked in a creamy coconut sauce with cashew nuts, green chillies, ginger and fresh curry leaves. It goes well with parathas or lemon rice.
Thalassery Chicken Masala
Thalassery in the North is well known for its meat dishes. A friend once suggested that if I wanted to taste real Malabari food, I should try Chef Sidhique's food in Calicut. That was a revelation. Our own chef Prasad reinvented this recipe - cubes of chicken cooked in a thick sauce of onions, green chillies, ginger and tomatoes. Try it with something a bit sweet like appam or coconut rice.