A huge part of what makes South India such great tourist destination in India is it’s rich and varied cuisines. No matter in which part of South India you are right now, you will be amazed to see the varied varieties of cuisines or South Indian foods.
No matter whether you are in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, or Telangana there are some popular dishes that you will find everywhere in South India and many states of India too. The popular South Indian dishes are almost everyone’s favorite and you will find many South India food restaurants in all over India where you can enjoy these delicious delicacies but eating the dishes from where it is originated will give you a different experience.
So, whenever you will visit South India you must try these traditional South Indian dishes that are popular in all over India.
Pongal and Sweet Pongal
Tamil Nadu is a state in South India where foods are often associated with a particular festival. So, one of the oldest and most important festival of Tamils is Pongal. Pongal is one of the very popular festival in India which is celebrated in Tamild Nadu by cooking the traditional dish of sweet pongal together as a family. While this delicacy has a great significance it is also a popular sweet dish of South India. The dish is prepared with jaggery, rice, lentils, and ghee. Pongal is the festival of sweetness but you can have this sweet dish whenever you will visit South India.
Who would be the one who would not have known about Dosa? One of the most popular dishes in South India and India as well is Dosa, served with Sambar and different types of chutney. This delicious dish is prepared with fermented rice and lentils batter which is perfect for breakfast – light weighted and delicious.
Dosa is much like crispy thin crepe which is stuffed with mashed potato and onion masala and is famous as ‘Masala Dosa’ everywhere.
Masala dosas are stuffed with mashed potato, plain dosa are hollow, rava dosas are made with semolina or Suji, and others are not prepared with some filling of cottage cheese and mixed vegetables. But, every dosa is served with sambar and chutney. Whatever type of dosa you choose to prepare at home make sure to eat it hot immediately as this delightful light dish is best eaten hot.
Idli is the South Indian savory cake which is popular throughout India. Soft and fluffy, Idlis are the type of savoury rice cake that is also made with fermented rice and lentils batter which is steamed in a circular container that gives it a spherical shaped rice cakes. Idlis are eaten by many south Indian families as breakfast. Idlis are not only delicious but there are actually many health benefits. It is easily digestible and goes perfectly with a combination of ginger and coconut chutney.
Research shows that people who eat Idli as their breakfast have experienced great weight loss over the people who don’t. Apart from this there are many other health benefits. This delicious delicacy of South India is one of the most popular dishes in all over India and served hot with Sambar and Chutney. A it is easily digestible and low in calories, Idli are considered as one of the best food as breakfast.
Hyderabadi Biryani is a popular non-veg dish from Hyderabad and is a staple food for all die-hard hyderabadi. While Biryani is very famous around India and the world, Hygderabadi Biryani is another thing altogether. Hyderabadi Biryani is a blend of Mughlai and Iranian cuisines in the kitchens or the Nizam. Biryani is traditionally prepared with Basmati Rice, meat and spices and the Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani is identified by it’s unique and discreet sweetness.
We often finish our meal with dessert but, in South India kheer or Mithai are served first at the start of a meal and it is the Curd Rice that comes at the end. Curd Rice a a tangy and salty dish that is common for every household in Andhra Pradesh. Something that is appetizing along with being toothsome, Curd Rice is everyone’s favorite in South India. You can find this anywhere in any region in South India. This is prepared with rice and unsweetened curd. Salt is used to add some flavor.
This is another delicious and healthy breakfast dish from South India which is prepared with same fermented rice and lentils batter. You can use the same batter of Dosa or Idli to make Uttapam. To make Uttapam the batter is ladled on the griddle and then, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, chilies, coriander leaves, curry leaves, grated carrot, and other toppings sprinkled on the batter. This way the Uttapam is prepared and served with Sambar and coconut chutney.
The list is endless and you will find huge varieties in South India to eat but, there are some dishes that you must try when you are in South India. So, when you will visit the states of South India don’t miss to eat these popular dishes to have a great experience. If you are a foodie then, South India will be a paradise for you, which will delight you with its rich and varied cuisines.