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Another taste of Kerala


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The resort is built on the hillside overlooking the beach. In addition to the rural styled cottages, the place is decorated with old temple ornamentation.

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The aim is to evoke a sense of rustic, Ayurvedic peace and contemplation. IMG_20220717_161623.thumb.jpg.93ea1d5c16e1f9916520fea5d3749941.jpg

The girls all had Ayurvedic massage therapies which they found very relaxing.

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I'm not really keen on strangers touching me. Walking on the beach was very restful, and worked up an appetite.

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The beach is near Vizhingham, the bay where fish is landed. This is where our fish lady gets her seafood every day! And of course, the fish comes direct to Niraamaya.

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The fisherman's basket, in beer batter. IMG_20220718_151254.thumb.jpg.7f28465b61739d535efb835ba98da467.jpg

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The fisherman's basket in Kerala spices.

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The fat, semi-polished rice so typical of Kerala and much loved by my middle daughter.

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My eldest had appam and chicken stew again.

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A creme caramel with coconut.

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Chocolate torte.

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Warm date sponge.

Cake making in India has improved massively in the last ten years. Buying western desserts was always a rather dicey proposition, but these three desserts were all lovely, especially the date sponge which had the depth of taste of dates but was also light and crumbly.

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Kanthari prawns. Kanthari are small fiery chillies favoured in Kerala. The chillies have been ground to a paste and liberally applied to these prawns. Unapologetically, searingly hot. Often these international places tone the heat down so as not to scare the diners, but not on this dish. So delicious.

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Chicken skewers with a peanut sauce. Excellent.

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1 hour ago, KennethT said:

Putting lime on fruit is really common basically everywhere I've been in SE Asia.  It makes dragonfruit taste great!  Another good thing is a little dish filled with salt/chilli.  Or what they do in parts of Vietnam - make a paste out of lime/salt/chilli.

Similarly Tajin and similar is everywhere here. Mainstream market stocked in produce aisle, and street fruit carts.  https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-is-tajin-seasoning-3111655

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A mild North Indian chicken preparation, I think they called it butter chicken. One of my daughters' choice. Agreeably non-spicy.

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 Shrimp with a green potato mash garnish. As usual, the freshness of the seafood is absolutely central to the result, and these shrimp were beached that morning.

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Noodles for the youngest.

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A bit of a hotch-potch dinner back at mum's. IMG_20220720_144830.thumb.jpg.49adcb36a115b6d10ba0c490380e206a.jpg

Mutton biriyani, chicken curry, fried prawns and yoghurt. Pretty much a perfect plate of food for me on my last night in India.

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And breakfast. IMG_20220724_164946.thumb.jpg.058a9ef10b8711b597a483de7b27761b.jpg

Appam with egg curry/"egg roast." I've turned one appam over to show the seared surface. That surface and the edges are crisp and caramalised, the rest fluffy and moist. I do love this breakfast. Mrs K makes an excellent egg curry. We'll try to perfect the Appam now we're back in England. I'm sure I can get the chicken stew right, so that will please my eldest too.

That's it for now. I hope it won't be another five years.

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9 minutes ago, rotuts said:

@Kerala 

 

what a wonderful trip .

 

how was the weather ?

 

everything looks so cool and inviting .

 

you mentioned it was cooler than your home in

 

GB .

It's monsoon season, so it rained for a few minutes a couple of times every day. We lucked out and missed the very heavy rains which stopped two days before we arrived. The rain is sudden, hard and heavy, never the endless grey drizzle of England.

Temperatures were 28 to 30 Centigrade, which with the overcast made it quite comfortable to walk about. I couldn't believe the temperatures in the UK while we were away. I have never in my life in any season known it warmer in England than in Kerala.

My father in law used to say that when he was at Medical School in Lucknow, they loved the overcast days to go on day trips and sightseeing, so different to the (understandable) British attitude.

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Thank you for sharing your trip. Made me drooling at each meal!
Kerala was part of our month-long trip to India a few years back. Loved everything about that area AND the food!

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