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A cruise on the lush green Kerala backwaters is nothing short of a spiritual and rejuvenating sensation, not just on the outside, but on the inside as well. The alluring backwaters coupled with the picturesque flora flanking the either sides is a marked feast for the eyes and food for the soul. Add it up all up with the exquisite Kerala Cuisine, and the vacation would give you a hint of the ultimate nirvana that all aspire for.

A houseboat cruise on the Kerala backwaters, opens door to a cuisine enriched with exotic tropical fruits, vegetables, cereals, fish and chicken garnished with the distinctive aroma of pepper, cardamom, chillies, and cloves-spices. In short, a cuisine that’s simply divine!

The cuisine offers a blend of home style cooking with creative selections of savoury spices and robust ingredients in dishes that explode with flavour.

What makes it different?

In addition to the assortment of spices used to pep up the dishes, in Kerala, the utensil used for cooking determines the taste and nutrition of the dish as well. Terracotta, bamboo, brass, bronze, copper or leaves etc are used to bring the rich flavours onto your tastebuds.

What kind of cuisine does the Houseboats follow?

kappachakkakandhariKerala and Kerala houseboats in particular are famous for its reputation for good sea food. Of course, sea food anywhere is expensive but because of the proximity of the state to the seas and oceans, sea food tends to be cheaper in Kerala. But depending on your budget and liking, food served in Kerala houseboats can vary. However, most often the houseboat foods includes fish and vegetarian food because that is what is most often demanded by the customers. Houseboats also pride themselves on having a large tourist clientele from outside of the country, places such as the United States of America, and European countries such as Italy, Spain and France.

imagesOne of the most traditional drinks of Kerala is the coconut water which is sweet and is most often served as a welcoming drink to the passengers on board. Coconut water is also given to the same passengers in between meals and as beverages as and when the passenger demands. Breakfast in houseboats in Kerala mostly comprise of the quintessential south Indian foods such as idly, dosa, sambar, with hot tea or coffee. During lunch most of the times, the menu will include foods such as different kinds of fish fry and they are also accompanied with different kinds of chutneys, papad and different kinds of sweets. During most evenings in the house boats, the passengers are given tea and other snacks which may or may not be south Indian. They could be from different parts of the country depending upon the kind of Kerala house boat package you have chosen.

Food in houseboats also includes dinner which comprises mostly of the varied Indian cuisine like rotis, chapattis, dal, chicken curry made in the authentic Kerala style, and other kinds of vegetables. Most of the cooking and storage in the Kerala houseboats are dealt with utmost care and cleanliness. They take great care to ensure that the food is of high quality and the passengers have the best tastes of their lives.

An Approximate Sample Menu Onboard Houseboats

Deluxe Non Veg Menu

Welcome drink

LUNCH

Rice
Sambar
Mixed Vegetables Thoran (Carrot, Cabbage, Beans)
Mezhukupurathy (Long Beans)
Fish Fry (Pearl Spot / Seer Fish)
Banana Kalan
Pappadam
Salad
Pickle
Tropical seasonal fruit

EVENING

Coffee or Tea, Banana Fritters

DINNER

Chappati
Dal Curry
Chicken Roast
Vendakka Mezhukupurathy
White Rice and Raitha
Salad

BREAKFAST

Tea /Coffee
Bread, Jam, Butter, Omlette.  OR
Iddly, Sambar. (By default) OR
Dosa, Sambar. OR
Poori Masala. OR
Idiyappam and Kadala Curry / Egg Roast. OR
Appam and Vegetable Curry / Egg Roast. OR
Puttu and Kadala Curry

Deluxe Pure Veg Menu

Welcome drink

LUNCH

Rice
Sambar
Mixed Vegetables Thoran (Carrot, Cabbage, Beans)
Mezhukupurathy (Long Beans)
Banana Kalan
Pappadam
Salad
Pickle
Payasam-Vermicelli
Tropical seasonal fruit

EVENING

Coffee or Tea, Banana Fritters

DINNER

Chappati,
Dal Curry
Aloo Gobi
Cabbage White Thoran
Vegetable Salad
White Rice and Raitha
Vendakka Mezhukupurathy

BREAKFAST

Tea /Coffee
Bread, Jam, Butter.  OR
Iddly, Sambar. (By default) OR
Dosa, Sambar. OR
Poori Masala. OR
Idiyappam and Kadala Curry OR
Appam and Vegetable Curry  OR
Puttu and Kadala Curry

The menu usually varies according to customer preferences and the cruise owners often go out of the way to make sure that the travellers’ taste preferences are catered to, to a great extent.

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