1. Palada Payasam
One of the common Kerala sweets, Palada Payasam is a staple for the households in the state. Made with boiling the crunchy vermicelli and rice in milk to the soft stage and flavored with cardamom, sugar, and butter. To add to the taste and texture, this delicious dessert is garnished with raisins and cashew nuts. This sweet can be found as a part of the Onam special meal.
Neyyappam is one of the most loved sweets of Kerala. When on a culinary journey in Kerala, Neyyappam should definitely be on the list of Kerala sweets and snacks that one wants to try. Fried in ghee, this sweet and jaggery stuffed pancake not only fulfills the stomach but also fulfills the cravings of people. Neyyappam is typically made from rice flour, coconut, cardamom, milk, ghee, and then stuffed with a mixture of jaggery. This delicacy is served as a tea time snack.
This is one of the best traditional and old sweets in Kerala. A variant of Neyyappa, Unniyappam is sweet that you can never have just one! Served during the celebrations of Onam Sadya, these little hemispheres hold a special childhood memory for the locals. Usually prepared at home, this dessert is made with basic ingredients of mashed bananas, jaggery, and coconut.
4. Rava Laddoos
Laddoo in itself is the popular sweets of India made in different ways in different parts of the country. One of the favorite Kerala sweets amongst kids, Rava Laddoos are small hemispheres flavored with coconut, dry fruits, and cardamom. When traveling to God’s own country, do not forget to get a box packed of these finger-licking sweets for friends and family back home
5. Chatti Pathiri
A combination of lasagna and pie in appearance, this tempting delicacy is layered with sheets of pastry dough and filled with savory or sweet fillings. Consumed widely during the festival of Ramadan at the time breaking the fast, Chatti Pathiri is a popular Malabari dish. Alternate layers of pastry sheets and sweet custard filling, topped with sesame seeds make Chatti Pathiri.
6. Ada Pradhaman
Ada Pradhaman tops the list of must-have Kerala special sweets. Tagged as king of sweets in Kerala, Ada Pradhaman is full of all the important flavors of Kerala- coconut, banana, rice, and jaggery! No meal is complete without a bowl of Ada Pradhaman making it one of the tasty desserts of Kerala. Made using coconut milk, this sweet has the authentic and traditional flavor of Kerala that reflects the culinary culture of this South Indian state
7. Mutta Maala
A dessert made of only three basic ingredients- egg, sugar, and water, Mutta Mala is another Ramadan popular dish in Kerala. Made by pouring the egg yolk through a small hole into boiling sugar water so that the yolks resemble strings, this sweet is not to be missed when traveling to Kerala during the holidays.
8. Elaneer Pudding
Elaneer Pudding is one of the most exotic dishes when it comes to Kerala sweets images. Something similar to a pannacotta, hero of this sweet is nothing but lots of coconuts! Set with gelatin or agar-agar, Elaneer Pudding is extremely refreshing and especially enjoyed under the hot sun. Prepared with condensed milk, coconut, sugar, milk, agar-agar, and essence this sweet has a perfect balance of sweetness making it one of the delicious Kerala sweets.