Tastes of Kerala

Hi, I’m Nisha.Here,through my blogs I would like to share some unique, traditional vegetarian tastes and flavours of Kerala. Kerala has produced diverse, natural, nutritious as well as tasteful vegetarian dishes. The concept of homestead farming helped the Kerala women to make these unique dishes. Without using artificial flavours and colours they have produced hundreds of varieties of dishes. The famous “Sadya” in banana leaf has attracted many. To preserve and exchange these recipes is the main purpose of this blog. I’m sharing the recipes that I have encountered and those which attracted me . I am very happy to introduce you to some of the long lost traditional recipes . I hope you will enjoy them.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Idli & Chutney



  • 3 cup white rice (pachari)
  • 1 cup urad dal (uzhunnu parippu)
  • 1\4 cup cooked rice
  • water
  • salt (to taste)

Soak both the white rice  and urad dal separately for 5-6 hrs. First, grind the urad dal with sufficient water to a smooth paste. Then grind the white rice and cooked rice with water. Mix both the batters together. Add enough salt and stir well. Wait till it ferments (it may take upto 8 hrs). Boil water in the idli cooker. Rub the idli mould with a little coconut oil. Pour the batter into each of the moulds. Steam it in the cooker for 10 minutes. Your delicious Kerala style idli is ready.



  • 2 cup grated coconut
  • 5 onion flakes
  • 2 green chillies
  • water (as required)
  • salt ( to taste)
For tempering

  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 dried chilli pieces
  • a few curry leaves


Grind the coconut along with 2 onion flakes,green chillies and some water.Add enough salt and water. Heat the coconut oil in a pan.Put the mustard seeds, onion slices & dried chilli pieces and wait till it bursts. Pour grinded stuff into this and heat it for 30 seconds. Garnish it with curry leaves.

  • You can use chilli powder instead of green chillies.
  • Grinding a little ginger with coconut is also good

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