Kerala cuisine is very unique. There a variety of tasty vegetarian and non- vegetarian dishes that one inevitable ends up having on their Kerala holiday. But most often people miss the desserts. Kerala has a unique assortment of desserts that are a treat to the taste buds. So here’s presenting a list of top 7 Kerala desserts you must try on your Kerala holiday.
Payasam is like a sweet spaghetti soup. The ingredients for this dish include vermicelli (very fine strands that look like pasta), milk, butter, elachi, sugar, ada (rice), cardamom, and garnished with raisins, cashews, and sometimes carrots. This amazing Kerala desert is very commonly made in Kerala households and is easily available in restaurants. It is a staple in the Onasadhya- a meal had on banana leaf on Onam day.
Laddos are popular Indian sweets and are made in a variety of ways in different parts of India. In Kerala the speciality is Rava Laddoo. These laddoos are small balls made of semolina, ghee, milk, sugar, raisins, cashews, cardamom and coconut. Do try these when you are in Kerala. These can be easily carried back home for yourself or for family and friends as a souvenir from your Kerala holiday.
Parippu Payasam looks like chocolate sauce, but don’t be fooled. This delicious dessert is made primarily from lentils. In addition it has the flavours of cumin, cardamom and coconut. Apart from lentils, the other ingredients include jaggery, coconut milk, ghee and cashew nuts. This dish is best served hot.
Banana Halwa is a very unique and one of the most relished dishes in Kerala. It has a dark brown glossy texture and it is so soft that it just melts in your mouth. As the name suggests, the star ingredient of the recipe is the banana. The ripened nendrapazham bananas are mainly used. The main ingredients include banana, sugar, ghee, almonds and cardamom powder.
Chakka Pradhaman is a treat for all jackfruit lovers. The main ingredient of this sweet dish is Jackfruit and other ingredients include coconut milk,jiggery, ghee and a pinch of cardamom powder. Cashew nuts can be sprinkled on top for garnishing. This tasty dish is served both hot and cold.
Just like Payasam can be made in many ways, so can Pradhaman. PaladaPradhaman is made using rice flakes and coconut milk. It is best had with pappadam and banana. Palada Pradhaman is always part of the Sadhya (meal) during Onam. On your Kerala holiday, do not miss this tasty Kerala desert.
Mutta (egg) and mala (string) is a dessert made entirely of egg, sugar and water. The egg whites and yolks are separated, and the egg yolk is poured through a small hole into boiling sugar water so the yolk looks like string. This is a very popular Ramzan dish in Kerala. So if you are on your Kerala holiday during the Ramzan season, do not miss the Mutta Mala.