The names of these side dishes were told to me in the local language, Malayalam, and the cooking instructor didn’t know how to translate them. They’re basically: cabbage with coconut, beetroot without coconut and okra (aka – bhindi, aka- lady’s fingers) without coconut. I’m sure they have fancy restaurant menu names, but I couldn’t figure Read Post
So begins our adventure into South Indian dishes. The cuisine is much different in the south. Coconut and coconut oil are often found on the ingredient list, and fish is a favorite of the south as well (sadly, I have no fish recipes to share). These dishes are surprisingly quick and easy to make, and Read Post
When we arrived in Alleppey, India, we were bombarded with offers to board a houseboat for a night or two. That’s what tourists do in Alleppey: cruise the backwaters on a private boat. But after arriving here, we were just not impressed by them. The houseboats have a bedroom, kitchen and outdoor sitting area, and Read Post
We kayaked with Kerala Kayaking around the Alleppey backwaters and here is a short video of our experience.
Since houseboats are only allowed on the major backwaters, kayaking is a good way to be introduced to Kerala’s backwaters. Imagine kayaking up close to villages, learning about local history and eating indigenous foods. For more information on taking a trip like this, visit Kerala Kayaking’s website. Disclosure: We kayaked through the backwaters Read Post