Best South Indian Dishes to Try

Dosa

A thin, crispy pancake made from fermented rice and lentil batter, often served with coconut chutney and sambar.

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Idli

Soft and fluffy steamed rice cakes, a staple breakfast item in South India, served with coconut chutney and sambar.

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Vada

Crispy, deep-fried savory donuts made from urad dal batter, often served with coconut chutney and sambar.

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Sambar

A flavorful lentil-based vegetable stew, seasoned with spices like curry leaves, mustard seeds, and asafoetida.

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Uttapam

Thick rice pancakes topped with onions, tomatoes, green chilies, and cilantro, served with coconut chutney and sambar.

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Pongal

A savory rice and lentil porridge, flavored with cumin, pepper, and ghee, often served with coconut chutney and sambar.

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Appam

Lacy, fermented rice pancakes with a soft center, usually served with coconut milk and spicy curries.

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Bisi Bele Bath

A spicy and flavorful one-pot rice dish cooked with lentils, vegetables, and aromatic spices.

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Avial

A mixed vegetable curry made with coconut, yogurt, and seasoned with curry leaves, cumin, and green chilies.

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Rasam

A tangy and spicy South Indian soup made with tamarind, tomatoes, and flavored with a blend of spices.

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Curry

A variety of vegetable, meat, or fish dishes cooked in a flavorful gravy, seasoned with aromatic spices and herbs.

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Payasam

A traditional South Indian dessert made with vermicelli, rice, or lentils, cooked in milk and sweetened with jaggery or sugar.

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