Like every other country across the length and breadth of the globe, India also has its pallet of specialties, and mouth-watering dishes are one of those specialties. The different regions of India are popular worldwide for their local servings. Like in South India, breakfast items are very popular, and some eat it as lunch, dinner, or even as a snack.
Below are ten South Indian dishes to try if you ever bump into a South Indian restaurant. Trust me you won’t regret it!
First on the list is Dosa. A popular, crispy and tasty breakfast item, dosas are similar to crepes but thinner and crispier. Made with fermented rice and lentils, dosas are generally made large and can take up a whole plate. Dosas when paired with coconut chutney and sambar tastes divine, and would leave you wanting more.
What is special about thali is that it is a variety of dishes served on a plate, more like a buffet set on one tray! A South Indian inspired thali would have multiple South Indian dishes on the plate. It is the best way to try a variety of South Indian specialties. A thali plate generally consists of rice, veggie dishes, curry dishes, and curd (yogurt).
Vada and Sambar
Vada is a lentil made, fritter snack that looks like a small brown donut. Sambar is a soup that is made with tamarind and a variety of spices and vegetables. The local way of eating is putting the vada in the sambar, letting it soak up the broth. Others like to dip it with chutney. Two or three vadas usually come on a plate.
Idli is a small, white, spongy cake made out of lentils and rice. It is usually served with sambar, chutney, and/or ghee. It is another famous breakfast item in India. Many people enjoy it as a snack.
Briyani is a specially prepared rice dish with different layers that are mixed together with different seasonings, vegetables, and or meats. There are more than 40 versions of Briyani to feast on South India. It can be offered with vegetables, chicken, beef, lamb, or even seafood. Raita, a type of yogurt dressing is often given to pair with the Briyani.
Uttapam is a kind of flatten pancake made with rice and lentils batter and mixed with vegetables. It is similar to dosa, but it is usually thicker and smaller than dosa. Uttapam can also be served with sambar or chutney.
Upma is a rice porridge that is mixed with chili, onions, various vegetables (depending on individual preferences) and served hot. It is another popular breakfast item in South India. There are different types of Upam popular among South Indians including whole wheat upma, rice upma, corn Upam.
Indian Filtered coffee
South Indian style coffee is made using a coffee filter, and then sugar and hot boiled milk are added to it. The mixing of the coffee with milk and sugar between the stainless steel tumbler and bowl forms a froth at the top.
Rasam is another soup made from juices from tamarind, tomato, cumin, pepper, and other spices. The taste can be distinct, with spicy, sweet and sour mixed together, but it is very healthy.
Chicken 65 is a dish with different legends as to how it got its name. A general story says the dish was the 65th dish on the menu, and as the dish became popular, it just kept the name. Whatever it is, this fried chicken mixed with spicy flavoring deserves a spot on this list for famous South Indian dishes to try. After one try, you won’t be able to forget it.
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