As soon as we step in South India, our brain automatically connects us to Masala Dosa and soft Idlis just like it connects Gujarat to Dhokla, Mumbai to Vada Pao and Delhi to Chole Bhature. Well, while we cannot deny that Dosa and Idlis are the heart and soul of South India, we should not also overlook all other mouth-watering dishes South India has to offer.
Let me take you on a food walk around the southern states of India!
1.) Masala Vada
Everyone is familiar with the traditional vadas with a doughnut-like shape, but not many know about these deep fried Masala Vadas, prepared using whole lentils(toor dal). These vadas are a MUST try when in South with some chai.
Suggestion– spot a small blue coloured roadside shop and eat these vadas there.
2.) Akki Roti
Made of rice, this is a unique breakfast dish served in Karnataka. Not only is it tasty but also filling. Have it with some butter and chutney to enjoy the best of it. You can try this at MTR outlets.
I was never a fan of fish until the day when I tasted freshly made fish curry with some rice in Dhanush Kodi, Rameshwaram. It is tough to explain the flavours and how soft the fish was but it is a must try in the southern coastal region.
One of the all-time favourite dishes is Biryani. Perfect mix of spices and meat/vegetables would satisfy all your taste buds.
One of the famous dishes in Kerala is Parotta. It is made of maida and is served with either chicken or vegetable. Just like parantha is found in every dhaba of north India, you will discover parotta in each food corner of Kerala, and once you have tasted it, you would want more.
6.) Kothu Parotta
Another type of parotta is Kothu Parotta which is originated from Tamil Nadu. Kothu, which means chopped, is one of the all favourite street food in the South.
7.) Jigar Thanda
As the name suggests, this drink will cool down your body and would help you beat the heat. This unique drink is served across Tamil Nadu at roadside stalls to fight the hot summer.
Well Kulukki was my all-time favourite cooler in Kerala. One must try this roadside drink which is offered in various flavours with some lemon. Thank me later!
Another famous dish is Idiyappam which is a kind of rice noodles served with gravy. You can try this dish in Tamil Nadu or Kerala at any food stall.
This local pancake is made with rice and coconut milk. Usually, it is served with chicken, but one can try it with vegetable curry also. We tried this dish during our Alleppey backwaters tour at a tiny local restaurant and loved it.
South India has a lot more to offer than we can imagine. So, loosen your buttons and start your food journey.
Suggestion – Instead of going to fancy restaurants, try street food or small restaurants to taste the real flavours.