Ethnic Fermented Foods and Beverages of Kerala

  • K. Madhavan NampoothiriEmail author
  • Nimisha R. Nair
  • M. P. Soumya


In this chapter, attempt has been made in providing an account about the fermented foods and alcoholic beverages of Kerala. Kerala, the southernmost state in India, is a region with rich cultural diversity and ethnic groups. Each ethnic group has its own method of fermenting food materials for the purpose of preservation, taste, and nutritional enhancement and has been carrying this tradition from time immemorial. Because of its rich trading heritage, over time various cuisines have blended with indigenous Kerala dishes with foreign dishes adapted to local tastes. Some of the most popular traditional fermented preparations were described here.


Beverages Fermented foods Heterogeneous Kerala Microflora Traditional 



Corresponding author is thankful to DBT, New Delhi, and CSIR, New Delhi, for financially supporting the probiotic and nutraceutical activities in the division.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Madhavan Nampoothiri
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nimisha R. Nair
    • 2
  • M. P. Soumya
    • 1
  1. 1.Microbial Processes and Technology DivisionCSIR—National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST)TrivandrumIndia
  2. 2.Department of Integrated BSc-MSc Biotechnology (IBC)Kerala Agriculture University VellayaniThiruvananthapuramIndia

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