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.

Friday, 6 January 2012



  • 4 tsp yellow split peas
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1\2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 4 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • salt (to taste)
  • 5 gm dried tamarind (soak this in water and squeeze the juice)
  • 6 garlic flakes
  • 2 gm asafoetida
  • 1l water
 For tempering,

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

Cook the split peas in water. Add the tamarind juice to it. Grind the pepper,asafoetida and coriander well. Heat the coconut oil in a pan.Put the mustard seeds & dried chilli pieces and wait till it bursts.Add the garlic flakes &  tomato pieces to this .Add the grind ed ingredients along with salt,turmeric,chilli powder and mix well.Add this to the cooked split peas , stir well,heat till the rasam boils.Garnish it with curry leaves and coriander leaves.

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