This is a list of a few Mallu dishes that I think are on every Mallu’s ‘favourite food’ list and for all the non-Mallus reading this, these are some dishes you must try out at least once in your life.
Now one thing mallus all over the world love I think is ‘Pripa wada’. It is what people here call ‘dal wada’. Street side stalls, restaurants and even in the Mumbai locals, yes Mumbai locals, you’ll find it everywhere.
Prota and Beef curry
Wow this is one of my all time favourites. It’s like a maida roti and the awsomest spicy beef curry in the world to accompany it. You can see even the most stern health freaks biting into this ‘hard to digest but still yummy dish’.
Karri-Meen is a fish found both in salt and fresh water. It is a mallu delicacy. If you’re not a mallu and love fish, this is one dish you have to try out. This fish is marinated with different spices, fried in coconut oil and served on a banana leaf (slurp).
Kappa and meen curry
In English, it is just tapioca steamed and then cooked with grated coconut, turmeric, chilly and curry leaves served with fish curry. Another absolutely ‘yum’ mallu dish.
Mutton stew and Appam
Appam is something like a rice pancake and is served with a mutton stew which is just a fancy name for mutton curry made with coconut milk.
Puttu and Kadala curry
‘Puttu’ is made with steamed rice powder and grated coconut and is served with ‘Kadala’ or for non mallus ‘Bengal gram’ curry.
This is basically any fleshy fish, first fried and then cooked with a curry made of coconut milk and a whole load of spices. Something no mallu can resist.
P.S: These are just some favourites i could think of. You are welcome to add your favourites to the list.