A toddy shop is a drinking establishment seen in some parts of India (articularly Kerala) where palm toddy, a mildly alcoholic beverage made from the sap of palm trees, is served along with food.
The food served with toddy is very spicy and hot with chilies. The main dish is tapioca with red fish curry.
Palm wine also called kallu(Tamil: கள்ளு, Malayalam: കള്ള്), palm toddy, or simply toddy (Hindi: ताड़ी), is an alcoholic beverage created from the sap of various species of palm tree such as the palmyra, date palms and coconut palms.
In the Indian state of Kerala, toddy is used in leavening (as a substitute for yeast) a local form of hopper called the vellai Appam. Toddy is mixed with rice dough and left over night to aid in fermentation and expansion of the dough causing the dough to rise overnight, making the bread soft when prepared. In Kerala, toddy is sold under a licence issued by the excise department and it is an industry having more than 50,000 employees with a welfare board under the labour department.
Visit to Toddy Shops – Kumarakom