5 Authentic and Delicious Breakfast Items of Kerala

Kerala is known by many names; popular ones being ‘God’s own Country’ and ‘the land of Spices’. This beautiful state in the south of India has so much to offer for every type of tourist. The land of Kerala has so many indigenous crops, fruits and spices, and it is these home grown crops and spices that make the Kerala delicacies so unique and tasty.

Rice and Coconut plantations are widely grown and seen all over Kerala, and it should come as no surprise that most Kerala delicacies have coconut and rice as its base ingredients.

If you are planning a Kerala trip soon, then check out these delicious authentic must-try breakfast items of Kerala.

Puttu and Kadala

Puttu and Kadala is an extremely popular breakfast item in Kerala and available easily in all restaurants and eateries throughout the state. Puttu is made from layers of moistened and roasted rice powder and coconut gratings which are stuffed into a bamboo pole and then steamed. Today metal tubes have replaced these bamboo poles. The puttu is accompanied with the Kadala curry and this dish is a treat for the taste buds.

Today many restaurants also serve a modern and altered variation of Puttu. The rice is replaced with gram flour, wheat flour, chicken etc.

Puttu and Kadala

Palappam

Palappam - Kerala breakfast

Palappam is also commonly known as Appam. This tasty and healthy breakfast dish has its roots from the Jewish community settled in Kochi. The batter for Palappam is made from rice and coconut, and yeast and salt is added to the mix. This dish is cooked in a special pan by rolling in. The center is thick and soft and it thins out towards the edges. This delicious dish can be enjoyed with a potato and onion stew. A non-vegetarian version of this stew can be made from chicken, mutton or duck.

Idiyappam

Idiyappam is said to be a rice version of the western noodles. Depending on the various regions within Kerala, Idiyappam is also known with a variety of other names such as ‘nool puttu’ and ‘nool appam’. Rice flour is made into dough and pressed out into thin delicate strands and steamed. Idiyappam too is had with side dishes, which are the same as for Palappam.

Idiyappam

Ela Ada

Ela Ada is a sweet delicious authentic Kerala breakfast dish which is cooked inside a banana leaf. It is made from a medley of coconut, rice paste, jaggery and cardamom. The rice is first layered on the leaf and a mixture of coconut and jaggery is added as fillings. The rice layer is then folded and steamed inside the banana leaf. Ela Ada is a treat for people with a sweet tooth.

Vattayappam

Vattayappam is primarily made by the Christian community in Kerala. A thick rice batter, with a mix of sugar and yeast is made. Resins, cashews and small pieces of banana are often added to this batter. This batter is then poured into a round tray and steamed. This delicious breakfast item of Kerala looks like a rice cake.

Vattayappam