The 8 Best Street Foods You Must Try When You’re In Kochi
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The food of Kochi is famous and quite rewarding for those willing to explore this interesting cuisine. Here are some of the best street foods you must try in Kochi:

1.    Nadan Kozhi Varuthathu (Spicy Chicken Fry)

Nadan kozhi varuthathu is a simple chicken fry made with dried red chilies, ginger, garlic, and vinegar, one of Kerala's most popular chicken dishes. This meal can be served as a snack or side dish and is one of the state's most popular spicy chicken fries.

Address: Tellicherry Kitchen, Thakkaaram Restaurant, Opp Gold Souk Grandé Mall, Vyttila, Service Rd., Chalikkavattom, Vennala

Price for Two: INR 300

Timing: 12.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

2.    Kappa Boti (Cassava and meat fry)

This is a heavily eaten dish among Kochi’s non-vegetarians. It consists of cassava and meat. In spite of its spicy nature, it is a traditional dish in Kerala, and it is commonly served in late-night fast-food stalls during the rainy season. The experience of eating this combo in the rain with a cup of sulaimani (black tea) is unique.

Address: The Taapioca Restaurant, 57/59, Ponneth Temple Rd., Indira Nagar, Kadavanthra

 Price for Two: INR 250

Timings: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

3.    Pazham Pori (Fried Bananas)

Pazham pori is a popular South Indian cuisine snack you can find anywhere in Kerala. This sliced banana fritter is coated in an all-purpose flour batter and made mainly from sliced bananas. Salt, sugar, and turmeric powder are typically added, then deep-fried. Pazham pori is sold with tea or chai as a snack. You may also eat this fritter cake with beef curry, but it appears to be a bit unusual. Even in some restaurants, it is served with beef.

Address: Sree Muruga Café, Mini Bypass Tripunithura Rd., Poonithura, Thrippunithura

Price for Two: INR 200

Timing: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.  

4.   Chicken Shawarma

Shawarma initially was made of lamb or mutton, but today it may also consist of chicken, beef, turkey, or veal. A rotating skewer loaded with salty chicken chunks is cooked against a gas grill until charred. As the chicken chunks rotate, thin slices are cut from the cooked surface. It is available at restaurants as well as at street stalls. It is also a healthy and safe food to eat.

Address: Zaatar Restaurant, 34/561 ABC, NH Bypass, East Side, Service Rd., opposite QRS, Palarivattom

Price for Two: INR 800

Timing: 12 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.

5.    Kulukki Sharbat

Kochi people can be proud of giving the world Kulukki Sharbat as a gift. The process of making kulukki is a tedious one where you need to shake the drink to make it all blend together. It is best enjoyed in thengo, summer to beat the heat. Kulukki is made from crushed ice, lemon, sometimes raw etc., which are combined to the brim of the glass. 

Address: Drool, Kulukki Thakka, 44/700, LFC Rd., Kaloor

Price for Two: INR 300

Timings: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

6.    Fish Molly

There are a variety of unique Kochi meals available, including fish Molly and fish mole. Fish Molly is a tasty alternative to other fish curries in Kerala that has a mild flavor. It comprises fish, coconut milk, green chilies, black pepper, curry leaves, red chili powder, turmeric powder, and mustard seeds.

Address: Vanitha Homely Meals, Plot No. 112, Muttathil Lane, Elamkulam

Price for Two: INR 550

Timing: 12.30p.m. to 9.00 p.m. 

7.    Kochi-Style Biryani

It is different from other biryanis you might have eaten at other places. The rice consists of long-grained basmati grains, which are cooked with chicken or mutton to perfection. The chicken is moist and falls off the bone. There are other restaurants here that provide Kochi Biriyani, but there is one modest café in Matta Cherry known as Kayees Rahmathulla Hotel, where the wood-fired cooking is still prevalent and gives the dish an authentic taste.

Address: Kayees Rahmathulla Cafe, Gujarati Rd., Near Gujarati Temple, Mattancherry

Price for Two: INR 600

Timings: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

8.    Puttu And Kadala (Appam and Stew)

If you enter the home of a Malayali, anywhere on the planet, it is very likely that you will find the delectable Puttu and Kadala Curry for breakfast. This dish is a favorite for people from Kerala due to its savory flavor and easy-to-follow instructions. The smell alone is bewitching, and when you take the first bite of the tender puttu and zesty kadala (black chickpea) curry, you will feel as if you've gone to a different world. Here's the recipe for one of the best dishes from God's Own Country.

Address: Calicut Paragon Restaurant, Aster Medcity, 1st Floor, Annex Building, Kochi

Price for Two: INR 240

Timings: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.