KERALA

I have deleted a post I had made on Kerala, on 12th April, by mistake….. Being new to blogging I don’t know how to recover a deleted post…. Have been trying to do so last few days…. But…. So I thought I might as well rewrite it again…….

Kerala is the southernmost state of India….. It is also known as ‘God’s own country’……CIMG1537

Courtesy : Mini Mahesh

It is known for it’s palm lined beaches & a network of shimmering backwaters…..picture nov2011 016

Courtesy : Mini Mahesh

Inland are the Western Ghats where tea, coffee & spice plantations are situated…….. Kerala is also known as the ‘Land of Spices’…….spices like black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, etc are in abundance…..

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Traders from far away lands came in search of these spices……. Thus ancient Kerala played host to travellers & traders from across the world including Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch, British, etc., who left their impact on the cuisine, architecture, etc. of this land.

Kerala cuisine has an abundance of rice, tapioca, coconut, spices,etc…. It also features a lot of seafood like fish, prawns, crabs & mussels because of the long coastline…… Influence of various countries & cultures on the cuisine of Kerala is marked….. This cuisine reflects the synthesis of three of the religions of the subcontinent, i.e., Hinduism, Christianity & Islam.

Hindu Malyali food is full of delicious vegetarian dishes which are light & subtle…..Sadya, a traditional banquet, is a pure vegetarian meal including rice; various side dishes like sambar, rasam, buttermilk, variety of vegetables,etc. and sweet dishes like payasam served on a banana leaf.

Syrian Christians are considered to be among the world’s oldest Christians…… Their cuisine is rich & varied.

The Mappila, or Moplah, food of the Malabar Muslims was influenced by the food habits of Arab traders who came in search of spices centuries ago.

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