Food in Kanyakumari

Popular And Exclusive Foods From Kanyakumari

What is the most interesting thing that you find in Kanyakumari? All would say the amazing architecture of the Bhagavathi Amman Temple or the 1300-feet Thiruvalluvar statue. These are the best things and must-visit places that one should see while visiting Kanyakumari. However, other than these beautiful monuments there are some things that you should not miss while visiting the southern tip of India. It is the food that makes this town stand out from other cities. This town provides exclusive food items that are made uniquely. The hotels in Kanyakumari near beach are famous for the local street food and you can find a large audience who wait to give it a try. However, if you want to get the real taste then here are some of the popular and exclusive foods from Kanyakumari that you haven’t tasted anywhere.

Munthiri Kothu:

The most tasted food that everyone wants to taste as soon as they visit Kanyakumari is “Munthiri Kothu”. It is a unique sweet and festival dish made in the various parts of Kanyakumari. Typically, this dish is made from moong dal or the yellow lentil which is roasted in ghee and powdered after cooling. Then, coconut flakes and sesame seeds are added to it after roasting and powdering. To this, they would add cardamom and jaggery syrup and make them into balls. Then, it is deep-fried till they are golden-colored. It is one of the popular delicacies during the festivals and you find it in any hotel in Kanyakumari.

Tapioca Cassava with Fish:

Thirdly, you can find this combination of Tapioca Cassava with fish in Kanyakumari and many parts of Kerala. It is one of the popular dishes where the Tapioca Cassava is steamed and tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves. It is then served with hot and spicy fish gravy that makes the perfect combination of spice and bluntness.


Another popular dish that is quite famous in Kanyakumari is “Erissery” or “chena kaya erissery”. The term “Chena” refers to the “elephant foot yam” and “kaya” refers to the raw banana. So, this recipe is a fusion of yam and raw banana which is steamed and mashed to obtain the base of the curry. It is then added to coconut ground paste and essential flavoring ingredients. Thus, this curry is served with hot steamed rice in many hotels at Kanyakumari. Some even use pumpkin along with other vegetables to give a sweet flavor to the dish.

Kanyakumari fish curry:

Kanyakumari fish curry is one of the most tasted recipes by visitors. The recipe includes only three steps and is then tempered with mustard seeds, curry leaves, and onions. These are served with rice, dosa, appam, and other savory’s. The traditional Kanyakumari fish curry has a smooth texture which makes an appealing presentation. If you are visiting Kanyakumari at any time make sure to give it a try.

Hence, these are some of the popular dishes that make you drool. One of the best budget hotels in Kanyakumari is Hotel Temple Citi which offers you Kanyakumari delicacies to get the authentic taste of the land.

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