Kerala, which means
‘Land of Coconuts’, is lovingly referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’.
This narrow strip of land situated on the southwestern coast of India is a scenic world of coconut trees, cool backwaters, sparkling palm- fringed white sandy beaches and unending stretches of turquoise blue water. Exotic wildlife, green-carpeted rolling hills, lush green woods and sprawling plantations, including tea, are scattered with sleepy villages.
From all over the world, the fertile land of Kerala was once called upon for trade by ships to collect the valuables and riches this land possessed – spices, condiments, coconuts, sandalwood, oils, tea, medicinal herbs, perfumes and more.
The state is a fine blend of the classic and the contemporary, offering a wonderful kaleidoscope of fascinating history, rich culture, unique architecture and interesting customs.
Kerala has served as a treasure house of several ancient, ethnic and vibrant art forms and cultural religious fairs. The festivals of Kerala are symbolic of the spirit of its people, encapsulating communal harmony. Filled with merriment and enthusiasm, these social occasions bring together people of various cultures and backgrounds.
This tolerance of cultural values has been a striking feature of Kerala that has persisted throughout the centuries. The state has incorporated the highest levels of collective human achievement in all aspects of life, representing the best in
the fields of art, language, culture, healthcare, religion and philosophy.
Our name, Arranged Marriage, is about the ‘marriage’ of Kerala cuisine and ideas in a New Zealand setting.
The magical cuisine of Kerala is an intelligent combination of potent spices and the generous use of coconut. The cooking styles are influenced by the neighbouring states and the traders from various countries, who sailed to the Malabar Coast laden with sacks of gold to trade for their favourite spice, black pepper.
This cuisine reflects a meeting of cultures. Kerala Hindus have a largely vegetarian menu and use coconuts that grow along the coast. Syrian Christians eat more fish and meat, and the Muslims make delicious breads and sizzling Biryani.
Prepare yourself for a culinary journey into this delicious and largely unexplored cuisine. You can be rest assured that what you taste here at Arranged Marriage is precisely how dishes are prepared back home as we have preserved the authentic, traditional recipes from Kerala.
Experience our exclusively South Indian entrée Vada, our delightful Dosa, a tantalising Fish Curry and our special Biriyani... to name a few!
We look forward to charming you with an authentic South Indian wedding dining experience, all the way from the South West Coast of India to New Plymouth and Palmerston North, Aotearoa.