Moplah-Shrimp-Biryani

Moplah Shrimp Biryani

This Moplah Shrimp Biryani comes together quickly and has two surprising elements. First, you use short grain rice to make it. Second, you present it in a banana leaf. Where North Indian and Persian Biryanis use long grain and basmati rice, the locals on the North Malabar Coast of Kerala use a short grain rice …

Neichoru_Ghee-Rice with cashews

Neichoru (Ghee Rice)

Neichoru (Ghee Rice) is one of the most popular Moplah dishes. Locals serve it at most special occasions and ALL weddings. The addition of fried shallots, raisins, and cashews elevates this rice dish to a grand level. It is also enjoyed on its own as a lunch or dinner. At weddings, the host family serves …

Three grilled pathiri bread sitting on a green banana leaf

Pathiri

Pathiri is a bread made with rice flour. It’s the perfect accompaniment for Moplah cuisine, especially for dishes like Marinated Fish and Mutton Stew. There are many different versions of Pathiri. But, we love this one from Abida Rasheed. It comes together so easily. This is definitely one of our favourite Kerala taste memories. We’ll …

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 …