Kerala, a state in southern India is blessed with 36,000 sq. km of marine water spread and in and about 3600 sq km of inland water bodies, the coastal state of Kerala ranks as the largest fish landing state in the Indian peninsula. Instinctively, this ensures that seafood forms an integral part of the cuisine of Kerala. In fact, Seafood in Kerala is so popular, to the extent that Kerala cuisine is incomplete without a seafood dish being consumed with every meal.
Though, the state is a blend of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, in which the latter is prepared a variety of items like fish, poultry, and red meat. But, it is also a heaven for seafood lovers because of its thriving fishing industry. Kerala’s Seafood are cooked in many different ways mainly using the coconut milk, wrapping the fish in a banana leaf or simply frying the fish with lots of spices.
The Seafood which primarily consists of the variety of fish, shrimps, prawns, and lobsters is also a source of income and business for Kerala. The cooking styles of seafood’s of Kerala are famous for its distinctive cuisine. The delightful seafood fare in Kerala also includes various forms of fish fry or fish curry cooked with a wide variety of Kerala spices, coconut, and vegetables. “Karimeen Mappas” or fried fish is quite popular among seafood lovers, as is a fish curry called “Fish Moilee”. “Meen Vevichathu” or fish in fiery red chilli sauce and prawn curry in coconut gravy are among the all-time favourite seafood in Kerala.
Another seafood delicacy one must try for sure is the traditional Kerala grilled fish liberally covered with spiced onion curry and wrapped in a banana leaf. One can also sample a fillet of deliciously spiced Kingfish and jumbo prawns, served with a dash of lemon juice and accompanied by loads of lightly-spiced calamari rings and a delectable vegetable platter. Few unique preparations of lobsters and scampi prawns are also worth trying while enjoying the seafood in Kerala.
Kerala’s seafood cuisine is so diverse and distinct from the rest of India that the tantalizing flavours are going to keep one craving. One can say that it is the intoxicating aroma of spices that lured traders long ago to Kerala. The same authentic and distinctive taste makes the cuisine a delicious. So, expect a generous use of coconut, chilli, and spices, in mouth-tingling seafood recipes that differ with region and community.