Kochi food includes the collection of dishes and drinks from the city of Kochi, a port city in the state of Kerala, India. The food here is representative of Kerala cuisine, which is known for its use of coconut and spices. However, most of the dishes of Kochi cuisine are mild and light on the digestive system. The food is a mix of various scrumptious vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies. Seafood dishes are very popular here. Thoran, Kaalan and Meen Vevichathu are some of the famous dishes.
The cuisine also shows influence of other cuisines from South India, North India and China. The city houses restaurants offering International delicacies from French, Italian and Mexican cuisines, as well as several Arabian eating joints, as the city is a famous tourist destination. Fast food is a significant feature of the cuisine here.
Ingredients used in Kochi Food
Seafood, coconut, a range of spices, and many fresh fruits and vegetables are the various significant ingredients of Kochi food. Bananas are widely used for preparing food here, which can be used in fried, grated or mashed form.
Popular Dishes from Kochi Cuisine
- Kalaan: It is a dish made by blending yoghurt with bananas.
- Meen Vevichathu: It is a dish made by cooking fish in a spicy sauce.
- Thoran: It is a dish made by mixing chopped vegetables with grated coconut, curry leaves, mustard seeds and turmeric powder, and cooking the mixture briefly on a high flame.
- Banana chips: They are made by frying thinly sliced raw bananas.
Kochi offers a service called 'You Buy, We Cook' at the Fort Kochi region, which provides customized seafood dishes made from freshly obtained seafood to its customers.