South Indian Recipes: 6 Scrumptious Vegetarian Dishes From Kerala That You Should Strive


There is something about Kerala that fascinates us all. With its picturesque backwaters, beautiful Malabar coast and delicious cuisine, people from all over the world can love this beautiful country. Even if we don’t all travel to Kerala, also known as “God’s Own Country” to get a taste of the beautiful culture and lifestyle, we can try the authentic Keralite food at home. This cuisine is known for its fish curries and shrimp fries, but it’s much more than just seafood. It also has delicious vegetarian recipes that are typical of the country. And if you thought that vegetarian food in Kerala was just Sambhar, Idli and Dosa then we are here to prove that wrong notion. We found six unique vegetarian dishes that capture the heavenly taste of Kerala in their ingredients.

Here are 6 unique vegetarian recipes from Kerala:

1.Kadala curry

Kadala Curry is a spicy vegetarian curry made from black chickpeas, coconut and spicy spices. Traditionally in Kerala, kadala curry with appam is served for breakfast. This curry is gluten free and vegan!

Click here for the full recipe of Kadala Curry.

2. Cheera Thoran

Cheera Thoran or Spinach Bhaji is a South Indian side dish made from red or green spinach. This simple but tasty recipe makes a soulful, coconut-flavored spinach dish thanks to the use of desiccated coconut and coconut oil.

Click here for the full Cheera Thoran recipe.

Parotta tastes great with ghee!

3. Malabari parotta

Parotta or ‘Barota’ is a flaky yet wholesome flatbread from the south. This paratha is layered, making it the perfect paratha to accompany with coconut curries and delicious stew. Serve those hot parathas with a spoonful of ghee!

Click here for the full recipe from Malabari Parotta.

4. Ghee rice

Ghee rice, also known as neyichoru in Malayalam, is a cooked rice dish that repurposes rice by adding the earthy and distinctive taste of ghee. Ghee rice is a staple food in Kerala and is often paired with kurma or a South Indian curry.

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Pathiri is a healthy and soft flatbread made from rice flour. This is authentic to the Malabar region of Kerala and is made with just three ingredients, rice flour, cooking oil and water. A dough is made from rice flour and then rolled and cooked like atta roti.

Click here for the full Pathiri recipe.

Stew is paired with appam.

6. Vegetable stew

As part of the evergreen appam and stew combo, a vegetable stew is a soft and earthy curry that is not only delicious but easy too! This stew is flavored with warm aromatic spices that are tempered in coconut oil.

Click here for the full recipe of Vegetable Stew.

Try these recipes and tell us how you liked them.