In Malayalam, the local language of Kerala, "kera" means coconut. The region has always been prime for coconut cultivation, though today, much of the production has moved east to Tamil Nadu. Still, the ingredient is used in every day cooking here. From curries to thin, crepe-like breakfast pancakes, shaved coconut is a building block in the South Indian kitchen. Most people own small stools outfitted with a curved metal hook at one end, over which coconut halves are grated. Likewise, coconut oil is the most common cooking fat in this region, well matched to the region's spice and vegetarian diet.