A new morning greeted us; it was new because there was now not a care in the world for the stress and strain of work and all things related. After freshening, we geared up for the day’s travel. The first stop was the Dosa World nearby for a quick and wholesome breakfast. The Kerala food culture had various ethnic and trademark dishes to offer but before embarking on experimenting various dishes, we needed our stomachs full with familiar food. Surprisingly, even the regular dosas and idlis had a contemporary twist to it and the appams and vadas reeked of authenticity in terms of produce and flavor. The chatty waiter at the eatery spoke of famous dishes such as the Puttu, Kadala and Idiyappam for breakfast when we kept interrogating him about the food in Ernakulam. Rice was most favored at all meals with an abundant availability of coconuts and fishes making them extremely popular in almost all dishes.
There were other pleasures in life than an inviting lunch spread in life, but because all of us loved to eat good food, we sought all that there was to know. Meals in the state of Kerala have the offering of various biryanis, vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The noteworthy amongst them is the Malabar biryani also known as the Kerala biryani whose specialty is the use of Khaima rice. Rice is consumed with other curries such as sambar, thoran, cherupayaru and other side dishes such as upperies, buttermilk or chips. Another staple apart from rice in Kerala is tapioca. The non-vegetarian dishes’ list has stews, fried fishes, spicy steamed ones topping them. Wheat finds its inclusion in chapattis or rotis.
Spices are the most inseparable part of any Indian cuisine. The local cuisine was no different. The use of curry leaves, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon is common and fresh herbs like fresh mint and coriander enhance the aroma. So, as we tucked in Sadya (the wholesome popular vegetarian dish) for lunch, we learned a lot about the Kerala food culture and plans were made to go to Wonderla Amusement Park, Kochi for the rest of the day.