On the special occasion of the ancient festival Onam, one of the most popular harvest festivals of India, we list down mouthwatering dishes from the land of Kerala that you can find right here in Pune!
Puttu and Kadala Curry
Puttu is a popular breakfast dish. It is a rice cake cooked with grated coconut. The dish is usually served with Kadala Curry which is black chickpea (kala chana) cooked in a spicy, thick coconut gravy. Puttu also has variants like Chicken, Prawns and Beef Puttu. Try this out at Kerala Fast Food, Khadki.
Appam with Stew
Soft and moist in the center with a wafer thin circumference, these are lace hoppers that are made from rice, sugar, fermented coconut water/yeast. Appams are a little sweet, and are best enjoyed with stews. A typical stew is a thin gravy made with coconut milk. Stews can be vegetarian or non-vegetarian, depending on your choice. Hotel Malabar in Vishrantwadi is a popular spot for Malyalee food, including this superb dish.
Kappa is steamed tapioca with spices. Kappa Erachi is primarily a tapioca biryani which is popular in middle Kerala. This biryani also contains beef. If you’re around Kothrud, try this dish at Kerala Curry Leaves.
Sadya and Olan
The Sadya is a variety of vegetarian dishes served on a banana leaf. These exotic dishes can vary from 13-60 dishes, depending on the occasion. This includes accompaniments (called Kootan) like Parippu curry (dal served with ghee),rasam, sambar, pulisseri (curried buttermilk), olan (veg stew in coconut milk), payasam to name a few. Chopsticks on Dhole Patil Road is serving Sadya this Onam weekend.
This is the only biryani recipe in Kerala. It is made from short grain, thin rice, heavily cooked with spices and chicken/mutton/beef pieces. The aroma of the spices and herbs is overwhelming to say the least. This is a favorite of most of the customers at Kerala Fast Food in Khadki.
Meen Curry Rice
This is one of the most common dishes down south. Meen curry is a preparation of coastal fish curry which has a unique mix of flavours influenced from China and Portugal. Onions, okra, spices and garlic served with sea fish in a thin curry, Meen Curry Rice is again one of the staple diets of Kerala. Zambar in Viman Nagar has some delicious options for those looking to try this yummy delicacy.
Chicken Sukka and Kerala Porotta
Chicken Sukka primarily is a dry preparation of chicken, cooked with a variety of spices, ginger-garlic paste, curry leaves and mustard seeds. Malabar Porotta is a roti made from maida flour and eggs. A little heavy on the stomach, these parottas can be enjoyed with thick and semi-dry gravy preparations. Kera in Aundh serves some mouthwatering chicken sukka and porotta.
Dosa is one of the most delicious foods available in India. Neer Dosa is a dosa that is prepared with large amounts of pure ghee and roasted till it is as crisp as it can get. Combined with sambhar, this is enjoyed all across the country. This is a popular dish at Kera in Aundh and Kerala Fast Food in Khadki and almost all South-Indian joints in the city.
This is a traditional kheer made of rice and milk and sweetened with sugar. This one is also lightly flavored with spices. Chopsticks on Dhole Patil Road has a wide range of Payassams on their menu everyday.
These are a few of the many dishes that Kerala has to offer. Nadan Kozhi Varuthathu (Spicy Chicken Fry), Prawn curry, Kallumakkaya Ularthiyath (Mussel Stir Fry), Erissery (Pumpkin and Lentil Stew), Naadan Beef fry (Kerala Style Beef Fry), ‘Pazhampori’, ‘Karimeen pollichathu’, ‘Chatti pathiri are some of the other dishes that one must try out. Pune has a lot of options when it comes to South-Indian food joints. Try Southern Spice, V4U, Roshan, Soul Curry, Fish Curry Rice, Coconut Grove, South Indies, Vaishali, Rupali and Wadeshwar to satisfy your South-Indian delicacy cravings!
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