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South Indian recipes are known for the use of traditional spices that are grown in their own region. Also, you will see a wide use of coconut, red chilies, rice, urad dal and other cereals in these recipes. However, what most of the Indians love is the wide range of breakfast and snack recipes which are cooked in different South Indian cuisines.

These recipes include idlis, dosas, appam, upma, vadam and vathai and much more. These recipes not only have a lip-smacking taste but are also full of nutrients and are easy to digest as well. Some of the dishes like uthappam, idlis, dosas, etc. require overnight fermentation of batter which accentuates the nutrient content in them. You will see that most dieticians recommend the South Indian snacks for meals and breakfast since they are light, low in calories and rich in essential nutrients.

When it comes to the South Indian breakfast items, one can easily experiment by altering the quantity or adding a different cereal or herb in the batter. You can easily find these dishes in an authentic South Indian restaurant or small Udipi restaurants that are found in almost all the corners of India.

Moreover, you will find that most of these dishes are a common specialty of the South Indian states such as Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. However, their preparation techniques and ingredients may differ widely from each other which give a unique flavor and aroma to each of these recipes. Therefore, you must be careful while trying a dish from a particular cuisine so that you explore another recipe the next time.

The millets, cereals and other ingredients used in these recipes make them nutritious and healthy for your body. Also, they are full of anti-oxidants which boost your immunity and other bodily functions. As a result, you need to include these recipes in your regular diet to experience different tastes and flavors along with the boon of nutrients they bless you with!

  • Mini Idli Sambar or Ghee Idli Sambar is a popular breakfast dish across South India, especially in Chennai and other cities of Tamil Nadu. The regular fluffy idlis are a…

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    Mangalore Idli

    by Sunita Karthik

    Mangalore Idli, is a delicacy from the rich food land of Udupi, Mangalore. Udupi, famous for its Krishna Temple, has for long been notable for its lip smacking cuisine. This region…

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    Vegetable Dosa

    by Sunita Karthik

    Vegetable Dosa with cheese is a simple and different variety of dosa that kids will enjoy. Some kids are very fussy eaters. By adding vegetables to everyday dishes that they…

  • Adai

    Vegetable Adai

    by Sunita Karthik

    Vegetable Adai is a close cousin to Dosa and is very popular in South India. This is a delicious & nutritious dish made with mixed vegetables. Serve with coconut chutney…

  • Mathanga Erissery is one of the popular and traditional recipes of Kerala. It is an important dish on the Onam Sadhya menu. Mathanga Erissery or Pumpkin Erissery is a mild…

  • Avial (or Aviyal) is a very popular South Indian dish made with mixed vegetables, curd and coconut. Popular in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it is a must have during festivals,…

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    Pesarattu

    by Praveen Kumar

    Pesarattu or Green Gram Dosa is a popular dish from the state of Andhra Pradesh / Telangana. Similar to a dosa but made with green gram instead of urad dal,…

  • Mor Kuzhambu is a traditional South Indian sambar variety. Similar to North Indian Kadhi, this is made using curd/yogurt, it is very popular and quite easy to make. Served with…

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    Rava Upma

    by Praveen Kumar

    Rava Upma is one of the most popular and traditional South Indian breakfast and / or evening snack dish. Nutritious, tasty and very simple to make, this upma is made…

  • Upma

    Vermicelli Upma

    by Praveen Kumar

    Vermicelli Upma (or Semiya Upma) is a very popular South Indian breakfast recipe. It is one of the most easiest dish to prepare, so it is ideal for a quick…

  • Idiyappam

    Idiyappam

    by Praveen Kumar

    Idiyappam is a simple, delicious and no-frills dish served for breakfast. Known by several names, they are popularly called as steamed string hoppers and is usually made with rice flour.…

  • Coconut Sevai is a popular South Indian snack dish. There are several variations to sevai. The two most popular are Lemon Sevai and Coconut Sevai. Made with rice noodles or…

  • Plain Sevai is a type of rice noodles popular in Southern India, particularly Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Sevai is distinctly different from its cousin idiyappam in the sense of input…

  • Lemon Sevai (or Lemon Idiyappam) is a very popular South Indian dish often served for breakfast, lunch or evening snack. It is a very simple dish to make and does…

  • Milagu Mor Kuzhambu is a delicious and healthy South Indian sambar variety made with buttermilk and spices. It is often served with steamed rice and a choice of vegetable side…

  • RasamTomato

    Tomato Rasam

    by Praveen Kumar

    Tomato Rasam or Thakkali Rasam is a most popular and traditional South Indian dish. A spicy and tangy comfort food, it is typically served with hot steamed rice and a…

  • Mushroom Dosa is a healthy and delicious breakfast dish for kids and adults alike. They can be also be served for lunch or dinner. Stuffed with a mushroom masala, this…

  • A quick, healthy and nutritious dosa variety made with ragi flour. Ragi is rich in protein and minerals when compared to other cereals. It is also rich in calcium and…