Malabar is a region with a long culinary history, a consensus on what constitutes its authentic cuisine is stoking a debate. Strong trade links with the Arabs, the Europeans, and even the Chinese for centuries have influenced their culinary character and it has seeped into the Malabari cuisine a lot deeper.
Each coastal town in Malabar has their own distinct way of preparing food and naming them. They’re unique by their complicated methods of preparation and ingredients used that bring about the signature Malabari taste. Recipes handed down from grandmothers of different generations are religiously followed even to this day.
Malabar Biryani, has specialty with its two variants, the Kozhikode Biryani and the Thalassery Biryani, which can rival the best in the country, be it the Hyderabadi or the Awadhi (Lucknowi) versions. The Malabar Biryani with definite Arab influences manages to create its own identity. “The primary difference is the type of rice. While in almost all the other regions, the long-grained rice, mostly basmati, is used, here we make the Biryani with kaima — the short grained rice.
If there is one dish we would say typically of Malabar, it is the Pathiri. The wafer-thin pancake made with rice dough is undeniable part of the “Salkaaram’ in muslim household when the groom comes to stay in bride’s house. Pathiri comes in all forms – fried, steamed, roasted, and baked etc.
Similarly, stuffing as a culinary practice is popular in Malabar. From chicken and Pathiri to mussels (“Kadukka”) and banana, everything gets a taste of stuffing here.. Stuffed chicken (Kozhi Nirachath) and stuffed fish (Meen Nirachath) are some of the delicacies you’ll find at Thakkara.
If you start exploring the Malabar delicacies, it’s a no-end journey..
Thakkara is a dream venture, with a unique concept, by a group of enthusiastic young entrepreneurs, who thought of bringing exotic Malabar delicacies from the place of its origin, to break the monotony of food available in Kuwait. Yes, it is first of its kind in this land. We have taken care to the best to keep the originality of the cuisines by following the household practice of cooking and importing most of the ingredients from Kerala.
Chefs are flown down from Kerala who are well-versed in preparing the Malabari food for decades. So, your journey searching for authentic Malabar food ends here.. Thakkara offers you oasis of culinary delights that can transport you to the shores of northern Kerala.
With that note we invite you into our little world of taste.. Truly rich and flamboyant!!