More than a Banana Leaf: South Indian Foods You Must Try

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    Did you know? Kerala is known as the Spice Garden of India. Well, the spice not only is reminiscent in its air but is a major part of its cuisine too. The South Indian cuisine is very much varied and quite fancy as opposed to a common idea of it not being more than idlis and dosas served on a banana leaf. The South Indian dishes are prepared with much perfection and precision that hit the taste buds just right while you would keep wanting more. Be it the non-vegetarian flair or the Vegetarian Sadhya or the sweeter desserts, Keralites definitely know how to titillate your palate. This is what we at Gajaa at 8 always strive to achieve as an Indian Restaurant in Malaysia. Here are the five South Indian dishes that everyone in Malaysia must try:

  • Kappa Kappa is a traditional dish that is served in almost every Kerala house and is known as the most healthy breakfast food in the Southern peninsula of India. A quick stir fry dish, Kappa consists of tapioca which is stir-fried along with grated coconut and is flavored with regular Indian spices, herbs, and seeds. This vegetarian item is easy to make and is thoroughly enjoyed by people of all age. Tapioca is a starchy substance harvested from the root of the cassava plant. It is pure carbohydrate and thus can be considered a very healthy dish. There are a lot of varieties to this traditional food, with various spices and veggies added to give a healthier twist to the food item. Kappa can be best enjoyed individually or you can pair it with fish curry, parottas or chili chutney. Although the dish is a breakfast staple, it can be a great accompaniment along with your evening tea.

  • Prawn Moilee Prawn is known as Chemeen is Kerala and is a favorite food item down South and is vigorously prepared in the coasts of Malabar. A variety of dishes are prepared with prawns with the moilee recipe being more exotic. Moilee curry is very popular in Kerala, with fish and fillets being the more regular ones to accompany the Moilee, however, you can add your own variations to it as well. This dish is extremely sumptuous with a flair of flavors and aromas as it uses strong flavors like cardamom, cinnamon sticks, and whole peppercorns. The dish is best served with hot steamed rice, however, you can also serve it with Parotta or Thoran. At Gajaa at 8, this dish is prepared by pan searing the lemon and chili marinated prawns in the moilee sauce for the perfectly balanced flavors of Kerala. The rich and spicy ingredients help to elevate the experience of consuming this seafood delicacy to another leva el.

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    Alleppey Fish Curry This exquisite fish curry dish is quite popular for its soft texture and rich flavor. A magnificent addition to your palate, this spicy red fish curry is coated with a special spice mix that is simmered in coconut and mango gravy along with the rich Indian spices. This is what contributes to its exceptional spicy as well as tangy taste. Alleppey region in Kerala is surrounded by several freshwater lakes; the scenic beauty and local cuisine make it one of the major tourist spots in Kerala and this dish is one of the largest crowd pullers in the region. The dish is best enjoyed with a side of rice or you can just devour it with the traditional Kappa. At Gajaa at 8, we prepare Alleppey Curry by simmering the fish cubes in a moderately spiced gravy of freshly grounded coconut, ginger and raw mango infused coconut milk. This is one of the best produces from Kerala and stands as their specialty.

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    Mutton Curry Coming from the Malabar region, the mutton curry is another traditional Kerala dish that is popularly enjoyed by all the folks. This authentic Kerala dish is a great harmony of flavors and aromatic spices as it is infused by fried coconut strips and curry leaves, which is the highlight of this the Kerala Mutton Curry. The highly delectable main course dish is also cooked in thick coconut milk which contributes to its amazing taste. Prepared in Kerala households during special occasions, this dish is again best enjoyed with hot steaming rice but can also be enjoyed with Pathiri, Appam, etc. The recipe has been straight taken from the Kerala coasts and concocted in the Gajaa at 8 kitchens to perfection. Do give this a try when you will.

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    Chicken Biryani No course can ever be complete without Biryani, because Biryani is just love! (*heart sighs*). Add a few morsels of chicken in it and it could probably be your ultimate soul food. What’s the best thing about Biryani? Apart from the taste obviously - it’s aroma. The infusion of green chili, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, cardamom, peppercorn makes it a must for the Biryani lovers! Known as Thalassery Biryani, the origin of this dish is again from the Malabar region, no wonder it is the largest tourist concentrated region of Kerala! The Kerala Chicken Biryani is prepared using a different variety of rice called Jeerakasala, which are a premium quality short grain rice as opposed to other Biryanis which use Basmati rice. This difference gives the biryani it's unique aroma and taste as well.

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    Chicken Biryani No course can ever be complete without Biryani, because Biryani is just love! (*heart sighs*). Add a few morsels of chicken in it and it could probably be your ultimate soul food. What’s the best thing about Biryani? Apart from the taste obviously - it’s aroma. The infusion of green chili, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, cardamom, peppercorn makes it a must for the Biryani lovers! Known as Thalassery Biryani, the origin of this dish is again from the Malabar region, no wonder it is the largest tourist concentrated region of Kerala! The Kerala Chicken Biryani is prepared using a different variety of rice called Jeerakasala, which are a premium quality short grain rice as opposed to other Biryanis which use Basmati rice. This difference gives the biryani it's unique aroma and taste as well.

    It is a must-try for all the biryani lovers, do not give it a miss. You can give this a try at our restaurant! Did we tell you it is one of our in-house specialties? At Gajaa at 8, we try to bring all the above dishes to your table in its purest Keralite form, flavor, and aroma. Our aim is not only to bring you authentic Indian and South Indian dishes but to also to try and become of the best Indian restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. The restaurant offers a wide range in its menu that caters to kids, adults, vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians. If you liked the article, do show your support and we hope to see you soon with us!