Kochi, more than any other city in Kerala or even the rest of South India, is a true melting pot of cultures. For hundreds of years, Kochiites have been assimilating the foods and cuisines from different parts of the world. There’s obviously the overwhelming presence of Kerala cuisine – meen (fish) curry and other seafoods, rice and liberal use of coconut milk in everything.
You’ll soon know what Meen Molagitta Curry tastes like. If you prefer Kochi’s vegetarian delights, you’ll be wiping off rice and a spicy curry with vegetable dishes like kaalan, pachadi and thoran. They’re veggies, but taste surprisingly delicious, especially when you have pickles and pappadam, uperi or chips to bite into now and then during a meal in your new Kochiite friend’s home. If you want to try street food on a budget at a ‘thattukada’ (street food cart or stall), you’ll end up packed to the gills with thattu dosas or porottas.
There’s also the Tamilian influence in breakfast foods like dosas and idlis and lunch curries like sambar and rasam. There are all kinds of North Indian restaurants, Gujarati restaurants and even Arabic restaurants. You can see the influence of Kochi’s large Muslim population in famous restaurants that offer mouth-watering biryani. Then there are the multi-cuisine restaurants and food courts that offer you a wider choice that includes Indian, Thai, Chinese and Continental fare.
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