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10 Important Foods in Thiruvananthapuram

When I was in college, I had an eclectic mix of Mallu (Malyalee) friends. According to them, there is no place as fine and rich as the God's Own Country alias Kerala! Thus, they persuaded me to visit Thiruvananthapuram during my summer vacation.

Thiruvananthapuram welcomed me with open arms, its beachfront bistros, palm lined coastal region were too beautiful. This was when I understood the secret and magic in my friend's words! However, I didn't realise the gastronomical future, Thiruvananthapuram had for me! Unlike many other states, like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Thiruvananthapuram is well known for its mix of non-vegetarian food varieties. It offers a wide range of seafood, beef, pork, chicken and mutton varieties. Also, the land of spices makes scrumptious dishes with common ingredients like coconut pastes, tamarind, mustard seeds, chillis, curry leaves and cooking oil! These are some of the 10 dishes that you should not miss when in Thiruvananthapuram!

Puttu with Rich Kadhala Curry

Historically, Puttu is a famous breakfast in and around Thiruvananthapuram. It is a steamed rice cake that is decorated with coconut shavings. The breakfast is served with Kala Channa or black Chick peas. Puttu and Kadhala curry would taste amazing on ripe banana leaves.



Breakfast in Thiruvananthapuram would remain incomplete without Appam. This is a revolutionary dish that is extremely special in Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram Appam has a soft but thick center. The Appam's thin, paper like outer wall is usually crispy. Locals treat the appam as a rice pancake. No matter where you go, Thiruvananthapuram Appam has the taste and tang to steal any spotlight.

Dosa with Kerala Sambar

According to chefs, dosa ranks in the list of "World's top 50 Delicious Breakfast Items". Cooked of lentils and fermented rice varieties, Dosa in its roasted and crispy state delights the world's pickiest taste buds. Also, when served with Kerala Styled Special sambar, dosa becomes an irresistible dish.

Dosa with Sambar


Thiruvananthapuram Idiyappam is served with hot egg curry. Locally, the breakfast is also known as Noolappam. It is has combination of flour, salt and water. Due to its plain and raw taste, you can pair Thiruvananthapuram Idiyappam with a wide range of curries. However, the breakfast tastes best with Kerala Egg Curry.

Varutha Kozhi

Though the dish has a mundane name, it is rock bottom tasty. In Thiruvananthapuram, the chicken (Kozhi) based dish is served on banana leaf. It has a blend of vinegar, onions, chillis, coriander leaves The warm feast will keep you hooked on for a long time.


Thiruvananthapuram Prawn Curry

Made of simple and obvious ingredients, Thiruvananthapuram Prawn curry is a lovely recipe. The curry is made of jaggery, pepper and coconut milk and garlic.

Kalumakaya Ullarithiyath

This is also known as Mussel Stir fry. The special Thiruvananthapuram based food is a delicious dish from the sea. Though the dish takes lots of time prepare, it is worth every minute you spend! Kalumakaya Ullarithiyath is made of garam masala, shallots, lots of garlic and loads of coconut gratings.




This is a customary dish in Thiruvananthapuram. The vegetarian curry is famous all around Kerala. It uses dried lentils and sweet pumpkin. Th ingredients are carefully blend and cooked with rice.

Malabar Parotta

The list of special dishes from Thiruvananthapuram would remain incomplete without Malabar Parotta. The dry base is served with hot, spicy beef fry. This is one of the most paralyzing combinations you could ever taste. The beef gravy is cooked generously with rich Kerala Styled ginger-garlic paste.


Thiruvananthapuram Fish Curry

Last but certainly not the least, the sensational Thiruvananthapuram Fish Curry is a feast! The unique flavors of coconut and coconum will keep you attached to the dish for a lifetime! Trust me, even today when I think of fish curries, I remember Thiruvananthapuram. If you have not tasted the Thiruvananthapuram fish curry, trust me, you are missing something GREAT!

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