A food festival celebrating the diverse culinary heritage of Kerala and from across the world, has returned to Kottayam. The fest organised by Roundtable 121 is held at Nagambadom municipal stadium.
The entry for the fest that is held from 3:30pm to 10:30pm is restricted through pass. The food fest, which serves amazing varieties of dishes, ends on 26th January.
The stalls opened by various restaurants from around Kerala line one side of the venue. Meanwhile, you could enjoy the local flavours, from the shaap curries to the iconic Thalaserry biryani, on the other side. Besides, you could also try the classic American burger, exquisite Arabic sweets and Turkish ice cream as well.
Onmanorama picks the best items you should try from these stalls at the fest.
Try their different varieties of homemade desserts like blueberry cheesecake, butterscotch pudding, passion fruit crumble, and improvised apple pie.
Kudumbashree unit, Kozhikode
They have a variety of Malabar dishes one would want to try. Kallumakkaya, chatti pathiri, athisaya pathiri, erachi pathiri, unnakaya are some mouthwatering dishes at the stall. Their natural fresh juice are also a hit.
Go for the Thlassery chicken dum biryani and beef biryani at this stall. They also have varieties of breads and chicken curries.
Ranthal also has Malabar food items and some of their best dishes include coin porotta, karimeen, beef chaps, konchu and koonthal.
Road House Eatery
Road House Eatery has barbecue and shawarma as their main dishes. Their Alfaham, kebab are also a must-try.
Wok sticks serve authentic Pan-Asian cuisine with Ramen as the main highlight dish. Ramen, a noodle soup dish is incredibly flavourful and a must-try. Their satay is also something one should try.
Royal Malabar cafe and restaurant
This is the only stall in the food festival where you could relish kuzhimanthi. The dish which has its origins in the Arab region is less greasy than the biryani. With its amazing flavour and unique way of cooking, it didn't take too long for kuzhimanthi to become extremely popular across Kerala.
This stall will not disappoint you as they have the best varieties of dosa you might not have heard of. Here are few dishes you might want to taste: Kottayam Kunjachan dosa, chicken karaikudi dosa, Luttapi dosa, chirikatha dosa, immini baliya dosa, and achayathi dosa. They also have different varieties of tea along with dosa.
Try their pork dishes and mini burgers at this stall. Also try their parsley rice and grilled fish.
BAR-BE-QUE INN/ Kingdom of Dosa
As the name suggests, this stall offers different varieties of BBQ, Grills and dosas. They have a very good option for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian foodies.
Slice of Spice
Slice of Spice, a Trivandrum-based shop has varieties of combos and wraps. Their highlight dishes are stone-grilled shawarma, Mediterranean heat, Persian crust and Signature Mojitos.
Adaminte Chayakada and Chinese factory
This stall has Adaminte chayakada masterpieces- chicken pottitherichathu, paalkaran chicken, chicken bomb, kozhi mittai, chicken cheeripanjathu, veerapan chicken, bejarayi brain fry and more.
This stall also has dishes with new names related to films- Dabbang pothu birynai, KGF alfaham, Charlie alfaham, Lucifer alfaham, Annaylum Rasoolum, pokkiri alfaham and more.
This stall has burgers, rolls and fries. Try their pork roll, pulled beef, and tandoori chai.
1 cori- 10:25
The stall's name is based on the Bible's 1 Corinthians 10:25 which says “Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience.” They have everything for Rs 100- tiny fish, finger fish, chicken 65, pork fry, pork honey chilli, and ginger pork.
Noolputtu nirachathu, kothuparatha, pazhampori beef, paalkappa fish curry are their main dishes.
Among the homemade foods, Malabar delight have the best Arabian food. Their Erachi pathiri, Layali lubnan, Muttamala are fast-selling food items. Better go early to try their best items.
There are many other stalls who serve desserts and payasams. Remember not to miss their stalls.