Perhaps, South Indian Cuisine is something that you can never get bored of. Whether it is a kid or an adult, everyone drools over the moment hot rasam, papad, spicy sambhar and dosa is served. It is said that South Indian dishes are healthy in nature and are light for the diet. People prefer having dishes like idlis and vadas in breakfast, as they are easy to digest and keep full for the next couple of hours till one reaches the lunch time. To add on, these delectable dishes are savored better with a variety of chutneys. These chutneys enhance the overall taste of the South Indian dishes with their sweet, tangy and spicy flavor.
If you are now curious to know about the most popular and tastiest South Indian chutneys then go on reading the following-
4 Chutneys that go well with South Indian dishes
- Tomato chutney- If you love tomatoes then you are going to go gaga over tomato chutney. It has a nutty texture and is bit orange-red in color. This South Indian chutney is prepared with onions, coconut, spices and of course, tomatoes. The taste is on the tangier note and blends perfectly with the taste of crispy dosa, fluffy idlis and hot sambhar. And yes, the garlic added to the chutney just makes it irresistible right from the fragrance to its taste.
- Coriander chutney- On a healthier note, this chutney is coriander or ‘dhaniya’ based. The chutney is green in color and is prepared with coriander, lemon, tamarind and yogurt. Only a little spices are added to it, in order to keep the flavors balanced. It is better paired with fried South Indian cuisines such as dosa and vada. With coriander as its base, the chutney becomes refreshing and completely nutritious. Coriander has various health benefits and is rich in magnesium, protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, potassium, carotene, thiamine, niacin, phosphorous and also a bit of calcium is found in it. So, you should not leave any chance to binge upon this wholesome chutney.
- Coconut chutney- The very famous and widely tasted South Indian chutney is coconut chutney. This is one of those chutneys that is prepared in almost every household especially South Indian people on regular basis. Here, fresh coconut is used and blended with roasted chana and dal. To start preparing this chutney, you will first have to make a paste of roasted chana and dal and then add crushed coconut pieces to it. You can then blend it according to how thick you want the chutney to be. Also, make sure to use chana dal only, for it enhances the overall flavor. Once the chutney is prepared, you can garnish it with red chilies, curry leaves and mustard seeds. All these ingredients will not only make the chutney tastier but much healthier.
- Mint chutney- Mint is known to be the best herb to keep the body cool and mind refreshed. This mint based chutney is paired well with tamarind rice, sambhar rice and other South Indian dishes. You must know that mint is considered to be a boon when it comes to the digestion. Yes, it helps in digestion and thus, preventing all the digestion related issues. Since a thousand years, the mint leaves are considered the best to encourage bile flow, prevent bloating and to speed up the process of digestion.
It is sure that now you must be tempted to try these above discussed chutneys with your favorite South Indian dishes. Just make sure to try it all at a South Indian restaurant that is not only authentic but has experience of years in offering the best quality of dishes. It is suggested to acquire knowledge about the restaurant through net. There are so many food apps that can help you to know about the ambience, variety of dishes and prices of any restaurant that you want. You can also check the ratings and reviews of different South Indian franchises in your city and then select the one that fits your requirement the best.
If you are in South India then you can enjoy the South Indian food in the seven best food cities that include- Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kozhikode, Pondicherry, Udupi and Madurai. In Chennai, you can visit Ponnysamy and Buhari to try the best biryanis and other meat dishes while Bengaluru can offer you with the authentic sambhar dosa. When it comes to Kozhikode, you can pay a visit to Sagar and Zain’s to try out the best Mapilla cuisnes with traditional idli and vada. So, you see that South India has a lot to offer when it comes to food.
Thus, what are you waiting for? Hop onto the best restaurant and try the tastiest South Indian dishes.