South Indian cuisine usually encompasses the five Southern states of India which are Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh-Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Goa. Both the geography and culture of the South influence the region’s cuisine. By and large, South Indian cuisine is perhaps the hottest of all Indian food. Meals are centered around rice or rice-based dishes. Rice is combined with sambar (a soup-like lentil dish tempered with whole spices and chilies) dry and curried vegetables, meat dishes, and a host of coconut-based chutneys and poppadum’s (deep-fried crispy lentil pancakes).
Today we bring you the evergreen South-Indian food featuring curry leaves, mustard, asafetida, pepper and peppercorns, tamarind, chilies, fenugreek seeds and Huli pudi (also known as sambar powder).
Let’s round up the most popular South Indian Breakfast Food:
Idli or idly is a type of savory rice cake, originating from the Indian subcontinent, popular as a breakfast food in Southern India and in Sri Lanka. The cakes are made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils and rice. It is usually served with sambar (spiced lentil stew) and coconut chutney.
Dosa is the ever-popular South Indian breakfast of crispy crepes made with fermented rice and lentil batter. It is usually poured into a thin crispy crepe and served with a side of mashed spiced potatoes, lentil stew called sambar, and coconut chutney. Some of the new contemporary variations are Plain Dosa, Masala Dosa, Onion Dosa and Mysore Masala Dosa.
Uttapam (aka Uttappa or Oothapam) is yet another healthy breakfast recipe from South Indian cuisine prepared with a common rice and urad dal batter used for preparing Idli and dosa. However, unlike Dosa, Uttapam is little thicker and is topped with different types of veggies like onion, tomato, capsicum, carrot, green chilli, sweet corn etc. which makes it even more healthier and tastier. Some of the variations to try out are plain Uttapam, Onion Uttapam or Masala Uttapam served with homemade chutney and sambar.
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Vada is a category of savory fried snacks from India. Different types of vadas can be described as fritters, cutlets, donuts, or dumplings. Alternative names for this food include wada, vade, vadai, wadeh, and bara.
Vadas are legume based. The legumes (dal) are soaked in water and then ground to a batter. The batter is then seasoned with other ingredients, such as cumin seeds, onion, curry leaves (sometimes previously sautéed), salt, chilies, or black pepper grains.
Often ginger and baking soda are added to the seasoning to increase the fluffy texture and improve fermentation for large batches. The mixture is then shaped and deep-fried, resulting in vadas with crispy skin and a fluffy center. They are usually referred to as the savory donuts of the south.
Upma/Rulau is a traditional South-Indian breakfast recipe prepared using sooji/semolina. It is very nutritious, tasty and soft. It is cooked as a thick porridge from dry roasted semolina or caorse rice flour. Various seasonings and/ vegetables are often added during the cooking, depending on individual preferences.
According to food historian K.T. Achaya, the earliest extant mention of sambar in literature can be dated to the 17th century. The word sambar stems from the Tamil word champaaram. A Tamil inscription from 1530 CE shows evidence of the use of the word champaaram, in the sense of meaning a dish of rice accompanying other rice dishes, or spice ingredients with which a dish of vegetable rice is cooked.
It is a lentil-based curry, cooked with summer vegetables such as carrots, beans, gourds, potatoes, drumsticks, and many other seasonal vegetables. It can be consumed as an accompaniment for all three meals of the day, making it one of the most versatile curries of South Indian Food.
South Indian Platter
Being a foodie it’s a hard choice to go with one of the south Indian dishes. Are we right? Don’t worry! We know you and your love for the food items. We do care for your taste buds too. After all, that’s for what here we are! Why don’t you give it a try for specially prepared South Indian Platter? The perfect lip-smacking combination of Idly, Wada and Dosa served with fresh homemade Chutney and Sambar. Don’t forget to order your morning refreshing beverages – Tea or Coffee for the heavenly taste!
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