What makes South Indian Food so Special!


Probably no other country in the world can boast of such diverse culture and food habits like India! With such a massive geographical extension, each and every part of the country has its own culture and food habits and it will take months to explore them all. When talking about South Indian delicacies the items like dosa, idli, uthappam, sambhar, rasam, all these flash in our mind. 

The appetizing taste of South Indian food is such that you may get addicted to it. It is a wonderful amalgamation of nutritional balance, visual appeal, taste, flavours, fragrance, colours and seasoning. The south Indian delicacies like dals are hotter and spicier and at the same time soupier as well compared to dals of other parts of India. The demand for South Indian food is there in all parts of the country and a large number of South Indian restaurants serving the variety of authentic delicacies can be found in all parts of India.


An assortment of doas like masala dosa, plain dosa, rawa masala dosa, rawa plain dosa, onion rawa masala and plain uttapams, mixed uttapam, sambhar idli, vada sambhar, thayir sadam, papadum, appalam, curd rice, lemon rice all come with unique taste and flavour. These dishes become all the more exciting with spicy sambhar and coconut chutney.

South Indian breakfast is quite different from the other parts of the country and idli which is a steamed rice cake is the “must”. Idli is usually accompanied with sambar made of various types of vegetables and sweet chutney of ground coconut or tomato-based chutney. The other most famous south Indian delicacy is dosa which is a paper thin food made from rice stuffed with spiced vegetables or potatoes. It is also eaten with Sambar.


When North Indian cuisine places emphasis on wheat, the South Indian cuisine makes use of rice as a staple. Apart from rice, the cuisine from this region shows prominence of coconut, curd, tamarind, mustard seeds and curry leaves.


About author: Sandeep Arora is a senior chef who has been working as the Chief Chef in the top hotels of India for twelve years now.  He has written many articles on restaurant in mumbai. In this article he is providing us with some valuable information on South Indian food.