For most of us, evening tea tastes its best when a delicious snack accompanies it. Those in Kannur are often spoilt for choices while deciding what to have with their tea every day, for they have numerous tempting options in their culinary scene, like kannurappam, unniyappam, kinnathappam, kalathappam, karayappam and more.
Now, the district panchayat has taken up the initiative to promote the local snacks of Kannur and to turn its villages into Kerala’s favourite snack destinations. The project with an estimated budget of Rs 20 lakh aims to promote locally-made snacks as 'Kannur brand snacks and sweets.'
Sweets from Kannapuram and New Mahi
Kannur's local snacks are mostly made at Kannapuram and New Mahi panchayats, where they have been made and sold as a cottage industry for decades. The local people make these food items as per order and supply them at bakeries and eateries.
The project envisages ensuring decent incomes for the people who are part of the snack-making industry in Kannur.
However, it has become difficult to find experienced cooks who can make unique snacks like nurukku, mixture, ariyunda or rice balls, thariyunda, muttappam, and various oil-fried snacks. The district panchayat hopes that the project would encourage more people to take up this profession.