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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular local dishes in Kochi?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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Kochi is a land of chronicles. The past six centuries of the place has witnessed numerous dwellers from different cultures including Chinese, Arabs, Portuguese, English, Dutch, French, Russians and Japanese. Now, this diversity is reflected in the cuisines that come from the kitchens of Kochi.

Since it is a coastal city, seafood is found in abundance here and is a local speciality. Also the placid backwaters are there to provide you with fresh water fishes.
Prawns, squids and shrimps are cooked in different styles here. Moreover, Kochi in the state of Kerala, therefore you cannot miss out on the hint of coconut in most of the dishes. So, let’s look at the various local foods that you can try once you are here:

  • Fish and meat delicacies

    People of Kochi love fish! Fish delicacies are very common in the city and if you are into non-vegetarian food you will fall in love with the place. It is a very popular dish local dish that you will find here. Meen Molagitta Curry is something that is mentionable among the fish delicacies. It is basically smoked water fish cooked deliciously in coconut milk with chilli in it. Smoked fish was originally popularised by the British here. Their smoked fish with steamed bread and mashed potato is still can be found in restaurants here. Fish molly is another delicacy here. It is a coconut milk sauce based curry which is almost like stew. Alleppey fish curry is a traditional curry with tomato sauce and fish tamarind and Fish Peera are chunks of fish toasted with grated coconuts with fish tamarind sauce. Try out the Varutharacha Kozhi curry which is semi-fried chicken toasted with coconut and chilli, it is usually had with rice or steamed tapioca (cassava).

  • Vegetarian delicacies

    Kochi also has a lot of options for the vegans. Kurukku Kalan is a thick yogurt curry with toasted banana and hot rice. Banana is an integral part of the cuisine of the city. They are cultivated in huge amounts here and is delicious to taste. Crispy banana chips are a delicacy of the city. They are packed in packets of plastic and sold in the market, which make them something that you can pick up from the markets here. Kaalan is another culinary delight made from bananas. Thoran and Pachadi are other vegetarian delicacies that you will find here.  

  • Sadhya

    Sadhya or 'Onasadhya' is the grand feast served during the celebration of Onam in the state of Kerala. Served in fresh green banana leaf, it is a delight to have and delicious to taste. Rice is the main course of sadhya. Rice is served with various other kinds of dishes and curries, 'upperies' are the fried stuffs on the platter. They usually include banana chips. Pappadams are round crisp flour paste cakes of peculiar make, achars that are pickles of various kinds, payasams and prathama which are the desserts. Fruits are also served.

  • Miscellaneous

    Other worth trying dishes are the traditional rice based breakfast snacks, puttu and kadala, appam and stew. Street side food is a must try that includes Thattukada who are basically the street side hawkers. They sell hot and freshly cooked mouthwatering eatables at a minimum cost. The most famous in them are stuffed or plain thattu dosas which is thick dosas almost like pizza bread, hot Kerala paratha, flat bread of milled wheat, Delicious Kerala roast beef with chapatti and kanji. However, do make sure not to overeat because there is obvious lack of hygiene and constant reuse of oil for frying.

Kochi also has some of their own fast food chains like the Potpurri, KR Hot Chicken, The Oven, 61 Pai Dosas, Krispy Chicken, Arabian Treat, Papa Milano's, Luciya's Food Court and Breadworld Broasted Chicken, where you can try out the local delicacies and others. They are quite popular among the locals here.

So, if you are already salivating there is no reason for you to set back. Pack up your bags and head to Kochi to satiate your tongue and tummy.  

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