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HYDERABAD: Kerala cuisine is considered to be one of the tastiest cuisines in India – a real treat for those who crave rich, tangy and spicy flavours. If you are in Kerala, a gastronomic experience must include sweet shops in Kerala. Shaaptar or kallu kada as it is known in Malayalam serves a popular toddy made from the sap of the coconut tree. These stores also have food, but its sole purpose is often to help and aid in the consumption of buns. When your stomach is burning from the spices of fried beef or fish, the tangy, milky bun is the perfect antidote.

These stores do not have set menus, and the family cooks fresh and seasonal food. At the time of my visit, three types of mango pickles were served, almost at the end of summer. Plus a sardine salad with red pepper, turmeric, lime and freshly grated coconut, pepper fried prawns and red fish curry. Fresh Karimin from the reservoirs is also available, marinated and fried to order. The spices burn, so you’re forced to buy more, a little sweeter, a little more tart, to tone down the heat.

The food at Toddy’s Shop is absolutely unique. Some of Schaap’s specialties include Karimin Pollichatu – a spiced freshwater fish wrapped in banana leaves and fried in coconut oil. It is served with a side of steamed tapioca or kappa as it is known locally. There’s also duck mappa, shredded duck meat slow-cooked in a delicious coconut sauce, meen tala curry made with fish heads and coconut milk, and fresh-water mud-fried clams with spices and coconut flakes. Everything is made with local ingredients found within miles of the store.

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Coconut is good for any food. Kerala, which literally means “land of coconuts” in Malayalam, and the bun shops are synonymous with the land as well as the waterways that penetrate and surround it. No fine dining restaurant, no matter how beautiful, can bring back to me the visceral sense of enjoyment of food and drink found in one small doll shop in Kerala.