The Kerala Kitchen

The Kerala Kitchen

Recipes and Recollections From the Syrian Christians of South India

Book - 2009
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This book evokes the beauty of a bygone era and the vibrant texture of community life through a hundred recipes, engaging recollections, and beautiful photographs. Long before the time of Christ, the lure of spices took traders and seafarers to Kerala, a prosperous and highly literate state on the tropical Malabar Coast of south-western India. Saint Thomas the Apostle also travelled this spice route, preaching to and converting several Brahmin families who later intermarried with the Syrians who settled in Kerala; the Syrian Christians or Nazaranis of Kerala were born of this confluence. Centuries later, ayurvedic massage resorts and scenic backwaters make this lush land a top tourist destination, and spices still draw both traveller and gourmand to the rich, abundant culinary tradition of this people. Meen Vevichathu (Fish Curry cooked in a clay pot), Erachi Olathiathu (Fried Meat), and Njandu Karri (Crab Curry) are among the book's savoury delights, along with varied rice preparations such as Puttu (Steamed Rice Cake), Paalappam (Lace-Rimmed Pancakes), and tropical desserts such as Karikku Pudding (Tender Coconut Pudding) and Thenga Paalum Nendrikkai (Baked Plantain with Coconut Cream). Interwoven between these recipes, in the best tradition of the cookbook memoir, are tales from the past and present, of talking doves, toddy shops, travelling chefs and killer coconuts.
Publisher: New York : Hippocrene Books, Inc., [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780781811842
0781811848
Branch Call Number: 641.5954 GEO
Characteristics: 240 pages :,illustrations (some color), map ;,24 cm.

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susanchyn
Aug 31, 2016

This is a nice little cookbook.

Many of the recipes require ingredients or preparation that are impractical for most of us here in North America. However, the crisp history of this region and community, the loving drawings and the personal stories are great.

Noteworthy is the very Keralan recipe for Shrimp Biriyani: "light seafood biryani, in which rice is simmered along with the sauteed shrimp."

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