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South Indian & Ayurvedic Cuisine

During the Sacred Sap Retreat we will indulge our senses with award winning south Indian and Ayurvedic cuisine at the AyurSoma restaurant. Choose between traditional Kerala style dishes or have your Ayurvedic doctor create an Ayurvedic meal plan based on your doshic constitution or imbalances.

Kerala cuisine offers a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared using fish with rice as typical accompaniment. Chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, turmeric, tamarind and asafoetida are all frequently used.
Coconuts grow in abundance in Kerala, and consequently, coconut kernel, sliced or grated, coconut cream and coconut milk are widely used in dishes for rich flavoring. Coconut chutney is a local favorite.

Flavors from the Spice Coast

The southern state of Kerala is known as the Spice Coast for good reason, with a thousand year history of cultivating and trading some of the world’s richest and most fragrant culinary spices. Experience the flavors, colors, and intoxicating smells of classic southern dishes. Sambar, masala curries, dosas, chutneys, thoran, fruit payasams!

Kerala is also known as the “Land of Spices” because it traded spices with Europe as well as with many ancient civilizations with the oldest historical records of the Sumerians from 3000 BCE.
Rice and cassava form the staple food of Kerala. All main dishes are made with them and served along with Kootan; the side dishes which may be made from vegetables, meat, fish or a mix of all of them.

Kerala Fish Options

Kerala is a coastal state with a long history of fishing and fish dishes. Fish curries and fresh grilled fish is a very common dish for the Kerala people. King fish and prawns are popular favorites. AyurSoma is located adjacent to local fishing villages. Watch the fishermen pull in their nets at sunrise and enjoy the fresh fish in rich fragrant masala dishes that night.

In most Kerala households, a typical meal consists of rice, fish, and vegetables. Kerala cuisine has a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared using fish, poultry, and meat. Seafood specialties include king fish, karimeen, prawns, and shrimp dishes.
With 370 miles of coastline, one million acres of inland water resources, and approximately 220,000 active fishermen, Kerala is one of the leading producers of fish in India. About 1.1 million people earn their livelihood from fishing and fishing related professions.

South Indian Breakfast

What’s for breakfast in Kerala? Breakfast is one of the most exciting meals in south India. Try iddly with sambar and coconut chutney, a crispy masala dosas, Kerala fruit salad, Kerala egg curry, or continental egg omelettes. Mornings are an opportunity to explore new tastes and ways of eating the most important meal of the day. Don’t forget to order a fresh pot of Kerala style masala chai!

A majority of the breakfast foods in Kerala are made out of rice, in one form or the other including idli, puttu, appam, or idiyappam, and vadas.
Kerala breakfast foods may be accompanied by chutney, kadala, payasam, payar pappadam, appam, chicken curry, beef fry, egg masala and fish curry.

Indian Food Overlooking the Arabian Sea

The AyurSoma restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating options overlooking the beautiful Arabian Sea. In the evening, AyurSoma and sister properties offer live traditional Indian music and dance performances on an ocean facing outdoor stage. Enjoy your south Indian cuisine under the stars to the melodic sounds of Kerala style classical music and dance.