It is true that sambar, idli, and dosa come to our minds as soon as we hear the name of South Indian dishes. And who can blame us! These dishes are so delicious and wonderful that they have occupied our minds since we came to know about them. Our mouth starts watering after hearing the name. Sure these scrumptious dishes are from South India, but it is eaten with great fervor throughout the country. Almost everyone likes to eat it. If you go to any wedding, party, or event, you will find South Indian food stalls everywhere. Its trend is increasing day by day.
For some people, South Indian food is still a mystery. Apart from dishes like idli, dosa, sambar, rasam, very few people know more about South Indian cooking. But do you know that there are lots of South Indian dishes out there waiting to be discovered by you? So today I am telling you about many tasty vegetarian South Indian dishes including Dosa and Idli. Here are the best vegetarian south Indian dishes that you must try.
1. Masala Dosa
Almost everyone has tried masala dosa. The crunchy dosa with hot aloo masala and flavorsome chutneys is just heaven on a plate. Whoever invented this recipe has indeed given us all a gift of textures, taste, and flavors. It is a very tasty and wonderful dish. Although dosa is a South Indian dish, it is now famous not only in India but also abroad. There are many restaurants abroad serving Masala Dosa as their main menu.
The texture of idli is very spongy and soft. It is a very tasty and delicious dish served with sambar and coconut chutney. Although it is eaten with chutney for breakfast you can eat it with sambar in the afternoon and dinner. If any guests come to your house, just make instant idlis and please everyone. This is also one of the favorite tiffin meals for kids.
It is a cylindrical, boiled rice cake, and is served with grated coconut. This is the all-time favorite breakfast dish of Kerala. It is eaten with fish curry or kadala (black chana dal) curry. Do not go over the appearance of this dish; it is actually very easy to make. If you do not have a Puttu maker, you can also make it in a different shape.
Appam is a rice pancake. Idli paste is used in it, which makes it look like idli to everyone but it feels different due to vegetables. It does not use much oil, so it is healthy too. This dish is best for people who do not like to eat much oily food. You can eat Appam with chutney or any sauce. Due to the vegetables added to it, it is nutritious and tastes wonderful.
Upma is again one delicacy from the south that is both tasty and healthy. Fresh vegetables are added to it, which is very nutritious. Most people like to eat it as breakfast in the morning and a snack in the evening. You can also eat Upma with mint chutney, coconut chutney, or tomato sauce. If the Upma is decorated with coriander leaves and coconut, it looks even more attractive.
6. Banana Fry
If you like fried potatoes then you will definitely like a raw banana fry. Yes, if you are looking for an alternative to potato, then it will definitely become your favorite. You can also make it into a curry by adding spices to it. It is an easy dish to prepare but tastes so good.
How can this list of delicious south Indian dishes be complete without sambar! It accompanies almost every other south Indian dish and enhances its taste. Dosa tastes so much better with it, idlis are incomplete without sambar, and one can just have it with rice too. Although it is a South Indian dish, it is now famous all over India. It is very easy to make and tastes like hot sour soup. Apart from that, it contains many types of vegetables which are very beneficial for our health. It not only gives strength to our body but also gives many more benefits to our body.
Rasam is the most commonly used dish in South India. It is a spicy-sweet-sour stock. People of Tamil Nadu traditionally prepared using kokum or tamarind as a base. It is spiced with jaggery, garlic, black pepper, chili pepper, cumin, tomato, and other spices.
It is basically made like a dosa. But it is mixed with some chopped coriander, onion, and grated coconut. Although they are cooked in a little more oil than dosa, they are very crispy. People like to enjoy it with coconut or ginger chutney.
10. Medu Vada
Almost everyone knows about it and you may have eaten it too. It is shaped like a doughnut. This delicious south Indian dish is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It is made with urad dal. You too can make this delicious side snack easily at home and enjoy it with your friends.
Payasam is a delicious sweet South Indian dish. It is very similar to kheer. The main ingredients used in it are rice, milk, and sugar. All the people there consume it with great passion especially during the festive season or any traditional event.
Pulihora or tamarind rice is the delicacy of many states of south India. North Indians also enjoy this dish a lot. This spiced tamarind rice is served with roasted peanuts. In South Indian families, they like to eat it during lunch or at festivities. It is also served with papadams.
All the South Indian dishes given above are really yummy. All these dishes can be easily found in restaurants and hotels in the market, but you can also make them yourself. These dishes might seem intimidating to make but they are actually not. This is the beauty of south Indian cuisine. India is the land of exotic dishes. Every state has its own specialty, just like Haryana. Check out these yummy street food dishes in Haryana. These dishes might seem intimidating to make but they are actually not. This is the beauty of south Indian cuisine. So, I hope you enjoyed this list of south Indian dishes. If you have any other dish on your mind, make sure to tell me in the comments below!