This is where the good folks hung out. Revolutions and coups, poems and novels were plotted over glasses of freshly tapped toddy and plates of spicy beef fry. Films and politics were critiqued over kappa and fish curry. Few of these remain today and the sight of a board bearing the word ‘Kallu’ still floods one with a longing for that camaraderie and food.
The Toddy Shop is an ode to that old world charm. Here we raise a toast to all things good in life – literature and booze, cinema and conversation, music and memories, fiery poetry and, of course, flaming food.
We offer you the best of Kerala’s cuisine. Our recipes have been passed down from generations, and tell of family secrets and historic trade routes. The menu has been curated from our head chef’s family kitchen, old Syrian Christian households, and from Hindu and Muslim hearths across Kerala.
We can’t bring the backwaters to you. But we hope our food will transport you to a bench under a coconut tree as you smack the spices off your lips. And before you ask, no, we do not serve toddy. Not yet. While we work on that, why don’t you select another tipple or a refreshing nannari sherbet instead?
About The Chef
Subhadra Kutty (better known as Baby Aunty), our head chef, has over 30 years of experience in Kerala cuisine. Originally from the Malabar region in north Kerala, she moved to Delhi in the late ’70s. And soon enough gained a reputation for her traditional style of cooking. When she’s not leading the culinary team at The Toddy Shop or researching authentic recipes from Malayalee homes and toddy shops, she is found playing Scrabble.
Latest From Our Blog
- Prawn Curry Kerala Style Without Coconut
All the appliances we use in our shop have got fantastic ratings on Amazon and are easy to use. If you would like to buy the, check November Culture.
The prawn curry recipe I am giving you is a straightforward recipe to make. This is a brilliant recipe to use when you are in a hurry. The prawn curry serves 2-3 people and takes a total of 30 minutes to make.
- 1 big onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 medium tomatoes
- 1 cup prawns
- 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 2 tsp Chilli Powder
- 2 tbsp Curd or Dahi
- Salt to taste
- Use Coriander to garnish
- Apply 1 tsp chilli powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and a little bit of salt to the prawns. Once this is done, set it aside.
- Add 1tsp to the pan and let become hot. Add garlic and onion and keep stirring it till it gets mixed well.
- Add tomatoes and stir fry till tomatoes become soft.
- Include remaining turmeric powder, chilli powder as well as salt and also mix well. Grind the onion tomato blend to paste.
- In the very same pan, warmth 1 tbsp oil. Stir fry the shellfishes till white.
- Include the paste to the prawns and blend well. Let cook for a few minutes.
- Add curd and also blend well.
- Garnish with Coriander.
I hope you have enjoyed this recipe, if you have made any changes to this recipe, let me know in the comment section below.