Kadala Curry and Paratha.

Kadala Curry

Mariya Family Restaurant Bakery and Ice Cream is a favourite roadside cafe in Kerala. It’s located in Pullapara on Highway 183. This road leads from the coast near Kottayam to Periyar in the hills and depending on which way you are headed it seems to be ever-ascending or descending.  It’s a hairpin turn infested snake …

Bitter guard pickle

Bitter Gourd Pickle

All Indian food goes better with an astringent chutney or pickle on the side. This is a quick and easy recipe for a pickle that can be as hot or as mild as you like. We used one teaspoon of the chilli powder but the recipe from chef Jerry Matthew at Spice Village called for …

Paliyakudi Ammachi Kaada - Grilled Quail with a Mint and Green Chilli Marinade.

Paliyakudi Ammachi Kaada – Grilled quail with a mint and green chilli marinade

Paliyakudi is a tribal village in the Idukki district of Kerala. Ammachi is the word for grandmother. Kaada means quail. The people of Paliyakudi were traditionally animal farmers and also existed by hunting, fishing and honey collection. Grandmothers cooked for the family using quail the family raised and spices from the lands surrounding them. Traditionally, …

Homely Turkey recipe courtesy of the 50 Mile Restaurant at CGH Earth Spice Village and Chef Jerry Mathew.

Homely Cinnamon Roast Turkey

While Westerners tend to think of the word homely as something unattractive in appearance, the British influence in India meant the word was also used to represent something intimate, pleasant and warm from one’s home. Turkeys are large birds native to the Americas but they were brought to India by British landlords and raised for …

An onam avial.

Onam Avial

Avial is a vegetable stew with many variations. This one is full of local pumpkins, yams, and beans available during Onam, Kerala’s harvest festival.