Kozhikode, or Calicut as it was called earlier, is best known for its spices, nature and lip-smacking Mappila cuisine. The beaches of Kozhikode offer an amazingly tranquil experience to the tourists as much as they would fall in love with the cuisine of Kozhikode. Here are some amazing dishes you must try out when you visit Kozhikode next time:
Halwa is a dessert which is made in a variety of flavors in Kozhikode. It is much different from the halwa which is known in the North India and the rest of South India. Kozhikode Halwa has a unique specialty which makes it one of the most sought after dishes to try in Kozhikode. It is made of wheat, tapioca, maida, dry fruits, fresh fruits and a host of other ingredients including coconut, jaggery, coconut oil, and ghee. It is made such that, the halwa remains tasty and unspoiled for over two weeks without fail. You will find the bakeries and sweet shops in Kozhikode decked with halwas of various colors and flavors.
Another popular delicacy to taste in the cuisine of Kozhikode is the Biriyani. Even though the Thalassery Biriyani is also very popular, you will find many popular Biriyani centers in Kozhikode city. Those from the North India and Hyderabad will love Kozhikode Biriyani which has the flavors of the Mughals and Nawabs but with a hint of Kerala’s own spices.
Alisa or Aleesa
This is one of the specialties of Malabar which you can particularly taste during the holy month of Ramadan. It is a classic combination of wheat, chicken, dry fruits, nuts, coconut milk, and a special mix of spices which looks like a Kheer but tastes out of the world. It is a rare combination of flavors which you can taste only in the Malabar areas of Kerala.
Kallummakkai or Mussels are another specialties of the cuisine of Kozhikode. The place is a coastal area, mussels are cultivated in special farms in and around the Malabar area. Mussels are prepared in many ways in the Muslim households using the native spices, especially black pepper. You must try some dishes made with Mussels while in Kozhikode.
Milk Sarbath is one of the most popular street-food you must try in Kozhikode. As anyone can guess, milk is the main ingredient along with sugar, sabja seeds, and Nannari syrup. The entire mix tastes heavenly and also cools your body during the summer season and hence is a popular street-food in Kozhikode.
Puttu with Fish Stew
Most of the people who visit Kerala would have tried out the famous Puttu or steamed rice cake with Kadala (black chana) curry in coconut gravy or with Beef. Here, in Kozhikode, you must try out steaming hot Puttu with Fish Stew which will delight your taste buds.
Kasba and Other Arabian Food
Since the ancient days, Arabs have kept a close relationship with the predominantly Muslim areas of Kozhikode and Kannur. In fact, the entire Malabar area is highly influenced by the Arab connections and hence the cuisine of Kozhikode also contains many Arab dishes such as Kasba.
Pathiri with Beef / Mutton / Chicken
Pathiri is another delectable dish made by the Muslims in the area. It is a rice flatbread and best eaten with spicy Beef, Mutton or Chicken curry. The vegetarians can enjoy it with vegetable stew or Kadala curry.
Crab and Other Seafood
Being a coastal region, the cuisine of Kozhikode definitely has some amazing seafood. Crab is one of the specialties to have when in Kozhikode.
Kozhikode being a Muslim dominant area, you will be able to enjoy many Mappila snacks such as Muttamala, Ethakka Appam, Unnakkaya etc which will make you fall in love with the place.