South India is a land of lush greenery, temples, idlis, dosa and sambar. Well, isn’t this all that is present in this land of dance and temples? No, there is a lot more to it.
There does exist a variety of flavours and dishes making this part of the country unique. Here is a list of South Indian cuisines that you would enjoy.
1. Puttu and Kadala Curry
Puttu is a breakfast dish originating from the Indian state of Kerala. However, it’s prepared and eaten Kerala, Tamil Nadu, parts of Karnataka and Sri Lanka. Puttu and Kadala Curry is an exceptionally popular breakfast dish in Kerala. Puttu is made up of rice and is cylindrical in shape whereas, Kadala is a Kala chana (black peas) curry and can be more delicious by including grated coconut and ripe bananas.
In Kerala, there is no alternative to Payasam. While there is always a variety of main-course on the table, a dessert should be such that it always satiates connoisseur’s palate. It is usually made by boiling with milk and sugar one of the following: rice, broken wheat, tapioca, vermicelli, sweet corn, etc. It is flavoured with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashews, pistachios, almonds or other dry fruits and nuts.
Furthermore, payasam is served as an offering to the Gods in South Indian Hindu temples during rituals and ceremonies. In Kerala, Ambalapuzha Pal Payasam (Milk Kheer) and Ada Pradhaman are well-known payasam dishes. This authentic sweet rice kheer with its crumbly flavour is enjoyed by both Indians and foreigners.
3. Curd Rice
Curd rice or yoghurt rice is a dish originating from India. It is tangy-salty in taste and made by using rice and unsweetened curd with some salt to give it some flavour. To make it more luscious, curry leaves, peanuts, ginger, and green chillies can be added as toppings. To make it more appetizing, just add some pomegranate seeds and tada! your dish just turned tastier.
While this dish is mostly seen in Telangana, it is also prepared in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Moreover, this is the best and safest bid if you’re having some stomach issues.
4. Medu Vada
Your sitting in a local South Indian restaurant and have no clue what to order. Well, the safest bid would be a Masala dosa, but then, that’s what you’ve been having every day! Why not try Medu Vada.?
Crispy from outside and fleecy from inside perfectly describes this breakfast/snack recipe in Tamil Nadu. This doughnut like delicacy is prepared using ground urad dal batter. While it can be served as a stand-alone for breakfast or tea, it can also be enjoyed as an idli-vada combination. What more? It will taste even more heavenly with coconut chutney or sambar, the choice is all yours. Bon Appetit.
5. Hyderabadi Biryani
Biryani, the favourite main-course of every non-vegetarian as well as vegetarians (without the meat), is a dish to enjoy. Hyderabadi biryani is generally believed to have originated in the kitchens of the Nizam of Hyderabad, of the historic Hyderabad State, as a blend of Mughlai and Iranian cuisine. Hyderabadi biryani is a staple of Indian Cusine.
Furthermore, the method of cooking is similar to that of Dum method. It is prepared in a big handi in which marinated meat is put in layers of rice to get cooked. Traditional spices give the tangy flavour to this appetizing lunch.
Punugulu is an Andhra snack and common street food in Vijayawada and few coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh. It is a salty crunchy puff (pakora). Moreover, this deep-fried crispy snack is prepared by the same batter which is used for preparing idli. Coconut chutney along with tea/coffee pleasingly complement this lip-smacking potential breakfast dish.
However, these aren’t the only thing that South Indian Cuisine has to offer. There is still a large variety ranging from beverage and snacks to main-course and desserts. The best way to explore it is – go street food hunting. Sure to say, full or not, the aroma that drifts throughout is sure to make anyone hungry.
Source: Wikipedia, Tour My India