South Indian culture comprises of unique architectures, mesmerizing dance forms, rituals, beliefs and Carnatic music. Each state of south India has its unique and vibrant culture that attracts many tourists from across the globe. South India in terms of its dance, music, art and craft, clothing, is simply unbeatable.
The 5 Southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. All have their own different flavours and cuisines that are rooted to their culture and history. There are vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes for all five states. The south Indian cuisine mostly consists of rice, coconuts, Lentils and spices. Recipes like appam, idli, puttu are a perfect option for breakfast as well as tiffin box for kids.
So, we have curated this list of best south Indian breakfast dishes for you. We hope that it will help you decide your breakfast menu.
Also, if you are visiting South then go through these articles to help you find the best places to eat in south India.
Here is a list of 14 best south Indian breakfast dishes you must try-
1. Rasam Vada
Rasam Vada is an ideal breakfast in many parts of South India. It is made using deep-fried fritters of urad dal with spicy and tasty rasam. Apart from idli and dosa, rasam vada is the most popular combination for breakfast. The vadas are in the shape of balls. Therefore, when dipped in piping hot rasam, the vada absorbs the rasam and becomes soft and squishy.
So, try this light and tasty snack for a perfect morning breakfast or evening snack.
Appam is a tasty South Indian pancake dish, common in the south Indian states of Kerela, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The dish is made using fermented rice batter, coconut milk and little bit of sugar. It can be served both sweet or savoury. Dishes like idiyappam and achappam were inspired with appam. This tasty delight is vegan and can be served as breakfast or dinner. Appam is best served with vegetable korma and coconut milk for a perfect meal.
Dosa is a thin pancake or crepe, but eaten as a savoury dish. It is made using fermented rice and black gram batter with a pinch of salt. Dosas taste best when served with spicy coconut chutney and piping hot sambhar. The dosas are usually stuffed with a filling of onions and boiled potatoes. The most common varieties of dosa are rava dosa, Mysore dosa and plain dosa.
Therefore, these utterly delicious and crispy dosas are definitely the best south Indian breakfast option.
Uttapam is a South Indian dish which is just like dosa but softer. It is made with fermented rice batter and is loaded with fresh vegetables. Just like dosa, uttapams are also served with hot sambhar and coconut chutney. The most common variant of uttapam is onion uttapam but you can choose the filling accordingly.
5. Rava Upma
Rava upma or suji upma is a popular south Indian breakfast made using semolina. It is a savoury and nutty porridge made using veggies, spices, curry leaves and nuts. Upma is a staple Indian breakfast which is quite filling and makes a satisfying meal. Making this dish is so easy that it can be prepared under 20 minutes.
Upma is eaten with coconut chutney, idli podi or peanut podi. It can also be served along with coffee or tea.
6. Oats Idli
Masala oats idli is a nutritious breakfast made using oats, curd, semolina and veggies. The recipe is similar to the rava idli recipe but require no fermentation. Oats idli are healthier than the traditional masala idlis. Also, they can be prepared in no time.
You can serve these delicious idlis with sambhar, coconut chutney or idli podi.
Puttu is a staple breakfast option in Southern India. This dish is made with rice and coconuts along with a few spices. They are made in special cylindrical blocks called puttu kutti vessels. Although, you can try different shaped puttu if you do not have a puttu maker. Puttu is then steamed and is garnished with crushed coconut and sugar. The combination of kadala kari (black chickpeas curry) and puttu is definitely worth trying.
8. Khara Pongal
Khara Pongal is a south Indian breakfast dish made using rice, moong dal and other spices. This dish is healthy and pretty easy to make. Pongal can be prepared as khara Pongal as well as spicy Pongal. It is tempered with ghee, hing, ginger, curry leaves and other spices. This savoury porridge-like dish is usually served with sambhar or coconut chutney.
Idiyappam also known as string hoppers, is a ring-like dish which is an Indian version of noodles. The dish is a healthy breakfast option and is made using rice flour. Idiyappam is the best companion with vegetable stew or sweetened coconut milk. The dish uses minimal ingredients and is something that is perfectly healthy for you.
10. Akki roti
Akki means rice and roti means flatbread made on a tawa. It is a rice- flour based staple breakfast of south India. It is also known as rice flour roti and is served with coconut chutney or red chutney. Akki rotis are not rolled like a traditional roti as the dough is patted with hands. It is made akki hittu (rice flour) but can also be made using leftover rice. Akki roti is a delicious and easy to make must-try breakfast option.
Adai is a type of vegan south Indian crepe. It is delicious, nutrient dense and rich in proteins. Adai is made using lentils and spices. It is a commonly eaten south Indian breakfast dish. Adai can be made thin or thick according to your liking. It is served with jaggery, white butter, idli-dosa podi and chutneys.
Paniyaram are vegan and gluten-free dumplings. It is made using urad dal batter or rice batter. Although, paniyaram is usually made with left over idli or dosa batter. It is also known as pongala, gunta ponganalu and masala paniyaram. The dish is prepared with paniyaram chatti that gives it the dumpling like shape. It is mostly served with coconut chutney or tomato chutney. It is a healthy breakfast dish perfect for tiffin or breakfast snacks.
13. Chow chow bath
Chow chow bath is a breakfast dish of South India. It is made with sweet rava kesari bath, savoury rava bath or khara bath and coconut chutney. It is a popular breakfast in all hotels and restaurants on south india, especially Bangalore.
Rava kesari bath is a mouth-watering dessert which is popular in South India. It is made using rava, sugar, ghee, kesar and nuts. Rava bath or khara bath is a savoury breakfast dish made using veggies, semolina and spices.
The combination of sweet, savoury and delicious coconut chutney is too good to be missed.
Pesarattu is a protein packed healthy crepe, made using whole green gram and spices. This dish is made using two words- pesara and attu. Pesara means green gram and attu means dosa. They are a specialty breakfast in Andhra cuisine and is eaten with allam pachadi. Pesarattu is crispy, thin and tasty and are a perfect healthy breakfast option.
We have tried the delicious naan bread, butter chicken, pav bhaji and other delicious north Indian cuisines. So, it is time to head South. From idli to rasam and vada, you will get a vast variety of spicy, steamed and coconutty flavoured delights. So, if you love south Indian food then do try these yummy breakfast dishes. These are popular not only in Southern region but all over India.