Moplah Mutton Ishtew

Moplah Mutton Ishtew

This Moplah Mutton Ishtew (Stew) is easy to make. Especially, if you have a pressure cooker. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, it’s still easy. It just takes longer. Like all stews, this is classic comfort food. But, unlike other stews, this Moplah Mutton Stew has an exceptional depth of flavour. Where does that …

Pauli-Ann and Karen standing near bananas in Kozhikode (Calicut)

Kozhikode (Calicut)

We long to return to Kozhikode (Calicut). It’s alive and exciting. A bustling commercial town, it’s often referred to as Calicut because of the white, unbleached cotton called Calico that originated here. Textiles are still a part of the long-standing economy along with spices. Vasco de Gama landed near here in 1498 and set up …

Abida Rasheed

Abida Rasheed

Abida Rasheed was born to cook. As a child, she loved spending time in the kitchen with her grandmother. She started cooking for others when she was in fifth standard. She ran a successful catering company and now operates culinary tourism outings and classes from her gracious home in Kozhikode (Calicut). Abida’s cuisine differs from …

Orange coloured Mango Ice Cream sits in a bowl.

Amuu’s Mango Ice Cream

We’d like to thank our dear friend Amuu Menon for contributing Amuu’s Mango Ice Cream to our collection of favourite South Indian recipes. Amuu is a budding chef and her patience and interest during our visit to The Turmerica was commendable.  On our last day, she surprised us with this delicious mango ice cream. Her …


Payasam with Ripe Bananas

Payasam is a type of rice or vermicelli pudding common throughout South East Asia. Ranjini Menon’s Payasam with Ripe Bananas at The Turmerica in Wayanad is a Royal Malabar cuisine dessert. What makes it different? Ranjini says since bananas are plentiful in Wayanad, they make a great base for the pudding instead of the usual …


Puli-inchi – Tamarind Ginger Chutney

Puli-inchi – Tamarind Ginger Chutney is a flavourful chutney served for all auspicious occasions in Kerala. It’s also ALWAYS served as part of any multi-course Banana Leaf Thali meal. Our dear friend Ranjini Menon, the co-owner of The Turmerica Homestay in Wayanad demonstrates the recipe in the video below. The recipe follows.