Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional and traditional dishes because of its much diversified culture, spices and geo locations. It is best known for spices, and mouthwatering tastes. The food not only appeals your taste buds, but also your eyes.
South Indian cuisine includes the dishes of the five southern states of India: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
The similarities among these five states are the inclusion of rice as a staple food and use of lentils, spices, red chilies, fresh green chilies, coconut, and native fruits and vegetables.
Some of the most common South Indian Dishes include Dosa, Idly, Bonda, Sambhar, Vada etc, but wait, there are many of the south Indian Dishes which exist but not so popular. To taste them you need to visit the place from where they belong. Most of these dishes are not served in many of the south Indian restaurants across India. South Indian food does not means only Sambhar Dosa and Idli. Let me introduce you to some uncommon south Indian Dishes.
It is a sweet dish from Kerala shaped like the dumpling made from rice flour which has the filling of Jaggery and Coconut inside. Yumm! This dish is traditionally made for Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra as well. Looking at this mouthwatering dish will remind you how Po in Kung Fu Panda does when he’s near dumplings.
2) Manga Perukku
This is an appetizer or an accompaniment for lunch. It’s made with raw mangoes, coconut, mustard seeds, etc. It is a traditional Kerala dish especially in areas of Palakkad. Fires up your taste buds like nothing else.
Basically rice powder and grated coconut steamed in layers in a cylindrical vessel. Puttu is a prime breakfast in Kerala and Sri Lanka. There are many types of Puttu available. Variations are made in the coconut, banana, meat, fish, etc. and the rice powder can be replaced with ragi, corn, wheat, etc. It is usually eaten with black gram curry, pappadams and banana.
Sukhiyan is a deep fried traditional Kerala tea time snack made from Green gram or peas and Mung bean, coconut and Jaggery filling. This is a highly nutritious food because the mung bean is a rich source of low-fat protein and fiber.
In Malayalam pazham means Banana and pori means fry, thus the name Pazhampori. This however these are not the regular banana which we get from the market, This special banana is readily available in the local market only. The plantain species of banana is used for making this delicious sweet snack. Pazhampori or Banana Fritters is generally had in the evening with a hot cup of tea.
6) Pakarkaai Pitlai(Bitter gourd pitlai)
Many of us hate bitter gourd for its taste like me 🙂 , but this is one tasty and healthy dish. In Kerala and some parts of Kanyakumari people makes two dishes using bitter gourd, which tastes great. Let me share some facts about Bitter gourd:
- Bitter gourd is used in diabetics treatment which brings down the sugar level.
- It is also a blood purifier.
- Bitter gourd is the excellent source of the vitamin.
This dish ‘Pakarkaai Pitlai‘ is usually had along with rice and ghee.
7) Paruppu Usili
This is a traditional dish which pairs well with Vatha Kuzhambhu and Mor Kuzhambhu. You can eat this either as an accompaniment to rice or mix with rice and take morkozhambhu as accompaniment. This one is a tasty and protein rich dish. The main ingredient of this dish is dal and vegteables like beans, plantain flower or cabbage.
8) Mor Kozhambhu
Morkuzhambu is one of the instant Kuzhambu varieties that do not need much efforts for preparation. It is taken with rice and paruppu usili. You can add pumpkin, Okra or sundaikkai also known as turkey berry. This is a simple, tasty, and traditional dish made at home especially during festive seasons.
9) Kancheepuram Idli
As you see in the image it is neither a regular shaped Idli nor the taste and it is a Rava Idli which we usually don’t get anywhere in but in Kancheepuram it is famous and yes, it is steamed with tumblers.
10) Mutton and Egg Dosa
This is dosa topped with an egg and fried spicy mutton. The best in the list I’d say. Better than any pizza you could have. If you are in Kerala you must try this local dish and I am sure you will fall in love with it.
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