The Kerala Kitchen, Expanded Edition: Recipes and Recollections from the Syrian Christians of South India (Paperback)

The Kerala Kitchen, Expanded Edition: Recipes and Recollections from the Syrian Christians of South India By Lathika George, Abraham Verghese (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Lathika George, Abraham Verghese (Foreword by)
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Gourmand World
Cookbook Award winner

p>"My copy of The Kerala Kitchen has notes scribbled in it and has saffron stains on certain pages. Now it's your turn to enjoy. So line up your spices, ready your grated coconut and go to it. You are in for both a literary and gastronomic treat."--Abraham Verghese, author of The Covenant of Waterp>Now in an expanded edition with new recipes and photographs,
this unique cookbook-memoir transports readers to Kerala, a verdant,
tropical state on the Malabar Coast of South India.

Since ancient times, seafarers
and traders have been drawn by the lure of spices to Kerala. Saint Thomas
also traveled this spice route, converting several Brahmin families who later
intermarried with Syrians who had settled here; thus was born the vibrant
Syrian Christian community of Kerala. Today, ayurvedic massage resorts and
backwater cruises make this scenic land a top tourist destination, and spices
still draw both travelers and gourmands to its rich culinary heritage. It is
this legacy that The Kerala
brings us, through more than 170 recipes and the stories
that accompany them.

and easy to prepare, these recipes are adapted for the North American kitchen,
and accompanied by a guide to spices, herbs, and equipment, as well as a
glossary of food terms. Interwoven between these recipes, in the best
tradition of the cookbook memoir, are tales of talking doves, toddy
shops, traveling chefs and killer coconuts, evoking the beauty of a bygone era
as well as the compelling pull of the present one.


  • Meen
    (Fish Curry Cooked in a Clay Pot)
  • Parippu (Lentils with Coconut Milk)
  • Thiyal
    (Shallots with Tamarind and Roasted Coconut)

  • Pesaha
    (Steamed Rice Bread)
  • Paalappam
    (Lace-Rimmed Pancakes)

  • Karikku Pudding (Tender Coconut Pudding)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780781814447
ISBN-10: 0781814448
Publisher: Hippocrene Books
Publication Date: August 29th, 2023
Pages: 262
Language: English