Think about South Indian cuisine and the first two dishes that come to mind are Idli and Dosa. While we know they are synonymous with South India, it’s time we indulged in other native dishes that deserve our attention. And by that we don’t mean Medu Vada, Uttapam and Rasam Vada That is.
Filled with moving flavors, South Indian cuisine has so much more to offer. From delicious rice balls to curries, here is a list of dishes you must try on your next trip to South India.
1. Puttu and Kadala curry
Apart from idli and dose, Kerala has Puttu on the breakfast menu, a delicious cylinder of steamed rice and coconut served with Kadala, a black pea curry. The other two sides served are banana and papadam. All of these goodies combined are an explosion of flavor – you can’t afford to miss this.
2. Sarva Pindi
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Telangana’s tasty pancake made with rice flour, peanuts, chili and Chana Dal is a great breakfast option for those who want to ditch the ordinary idli and dose. It’s healthy and fulfilling.
Southern ravioli are suitable for both sweet and savory palates. These traditional rice balls are either filled with dal, or a sweet jaggery and grated coconut filling.
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This porridge from Tamil Nadu is probably what defines comfort food. Made from broken fermented rice, this tangy and sour dish is a staple breakfast sold in kulhads (clay pots) by street vendors. It goes best when served with dry red peppers, onions and pickles.
Another delicacy from the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu that must be on your must-do list in the south are these rice noodles, also known as string hoppers and nool puttu. They get better with Kurma, a South Indian vegetable curry and spicy fish curries.
They might look like mini fries idlis, but they are not. Even though they are made of leftovers idli dough, they have their own flavor. Also known as paddu in Andhra Pradesh they are best served with thokkus, a delicious spicy tomato pickle.
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