Rum-Soaked Pound Cake

This dense and flavorful dessert will have you dreaming of island breezes and warm, sandy beaches at your first bite.

Fish Mollee

The Portuguese richly influenced Kerala. This curried fish stew, cooked in rich coconut milk, is a variation on Portuguese Caldeirada. Serve it with Appam.

Asha Gomez’s Chai

“The key to a great chai is patience,” Asha Gomez insists. The essence of a good cup of chai depends in taking the time...

Amma’s Fresh Tomato Juice

Asha Gomez’s childhood home in Kerala was near the Catholic school, and she remembers priests and nuns dropping by often just to drink her...

Lacy Kerala Style Appam

In Kerala, wheat-based breads are rare. You’re more likely to find Appam, a lacy, crepe-like bread made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk.

Stewed Plantains

You can serve these plantains as a side dish or as dessert. This dish pairs nicely with the rice-flour Appam.

Railways Beef Curry

Because Kerala has a sizeable Christian population, this is one of the few regions in India where beef is regularly eaten. The cinnamon imparts...

Asha Gomez’s Roti

Roti is an Indian flatbread made with wheat flour. It works especially well to scoop up bites of saucy dishes, such as the Railways...
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Spiced Hash Pie

Asha Gomez often says she hails from two souths—southern India and the American south. This savory chicken pie, scented with turmeric and garam masala,...

Tropical Fall Salad

Add a zing of spice and citrus to fruit for a fresh side dish that balances out the richness of the pepper, curry, and...