Kozhikode is rightly called the food capital of Kerala. If you are a Keralite, you will know exactly what I am talking about! If you are not, then go ahead and give your aesthetic senses a boost with the following dishes that define Kozhikode!
- Milk Sarbath: Bhaskarettante kada, Near paragon hotel, Kannur road, Near CH orbit, Kozhikode. Take note of the address. Bhaskarettante kada (Brother Bhaskar’s shop) or at times referred to as Paalsarbath kada (Milk sarbath shop) was started by Bhaskar’s father Kumaran about sixty years ago and offers plain sarbath, soda sarbath, masala sarbath and milk sarbath. The drink is basically made from the syrup of the root of Indian sarsaparilla, locally called nannari. Half a cup of nannari syrup with two cups of milk iced and chilled gives one the exciting and chilling milk sarbath. Get to the road and follow the crowd. You will have no trouble spotting the little place storming with people!
- Kozhikodan Halwa: Halwa is the most famous sweet of the district. So famous that the most crowded street of Kozhikode, the SM or Sweet Meat street is named after it! Originally black in color, it is made of flour, sugar, palm sugar and cooked in coconut oil or at times in refined oil or ghee. Though originally black, it is also found in a variety of colors such as yellow, orange, green and red. The best halwas maybe grabbed from Shankaran bakery, SM street or Cochin Bakery, Vandipetta, Nadakavu.
- Kozhikodan stuffed mussels: Arikaduka or stuffed mussels are mussels stuffed with shallots, raw rice paste, spices, fennel seeds, coconut and onions. The stuffed mussels are then steamed. Once cool the shells are removed and then fried. One of the best arikadukas are available at Zain hotel, run by Zainabi Noor, Beach road, Convent cross road, behind fire station, Mananchira, Kozhikode.
- Avil milk: Avil (pressed rice), milk, banana and peanuts blend together to give this yum drink. Garnished with peanuts, cashews and served cold, it quenches the greatest thirst for both water and taste! The best avil milks are available at Koya’s coolbar and Naaz’s coolbar, both near Arts college, Meenchanda, Kozhikode.
- Kozhikode banana chips: Banana slices fried in coconut oil called upperi in the local language. A walk through the famous SM street is enough to realise the fame and popularity of kozhikode banana chips. They are fried with masala or jaggery or salt depending on the flavor required. The best banana chips in the district is available at Kumari banana chips, Kannur road, Mananchira, Kozhikode.