7 Delectable South Indian Breakfast Recipes

Staying quarantined means different things to different people. Many of us seem to be already used to the boredom while a few others are creative and innovative in their own way. One of the best activities people are engaged in these days is cooking. Even the most unlikeliest of us are proving to be the pros in kitchen. Have you been trying your culinary skills? Certainly time is not constrain now and with everyone home to taste our experiments, no one should hold back. Today I intend to share some of the Delectable South Indian Breakfast Recipes to relish your taste buds.

‘Eat your breakfast like a king’ they say. Trying the best and simplest breakfast items from South India is a nice way to start the day. The items we have in south India are really healthy and tasty and yes kingly too to start a day.

A healthy breakfast can charge us to our optimum energy level. Since I spent my early childhood in South India, a few of the recipes have been very common on the breakfast menu for me. If they come intermittently, each of the items can provide a tasty and healthy start to the day.

Idli

I assume idli now is a common item everywhere not just in South India. An oil-free, steam-cooked, rice-flour-based, easy-to-cook dish might have made idli one of the popular South Indian breakfast recipes. Even now, when I am home, idli is one of the more common items I enjoy for breakfast.

With the ready-made batter available in market, preparation has become all the more easy. Going by traditional way, the batter is prepared with a mixture of rice powder, a portion of urad dal and a pinch of salt (my mom adds a handful of boiled rice too which she says is for softness to the idli). The mixture is kept for fermentation overnight, and by morning it is time to steam-cook it in the idli cooker.

Served hot with coconut chutney or sambar (mixed vegetable curry), you are assured to enjoy it. Nothing fussy about the recipe and can easily be tried.

Besides the plain idli, you can improvise mixing vegetable pieces, vermicelli, rava or ragi in or as the batter.

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Dosa

You visit any restaurant in South India, you will get a dosa item for your breakfast. There are several verities of dosa items that are available and it is one of tastiest South Indian breakfast recipes. The more common ones include masala dosa, onion dosa, uttapam, set dosa, pesarattu dosa and ghee roast dosa among the scores of flavors available.

Similar to the preparation of idli batter, the dosa batter can easily be made or bought ready-made. It is not steam cooked though but cooked on a dosa pan or tawa. Spreading the batter evenly on the heated tawa until cooked well on either side, you have a delicious dosa to enjoy.

With chutney or veg stew or even with non-veg curry, the combinations can be made flavorful.

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Pongal

It is a tasty mixture of rice and yellow moong lentils blended well with spices like black pepper, cumin, ginger, etc. Even if there is no side dish, pongal is delicious in itself. Easy availability of all the ingredients and the ease with which it can be made, makes pongal one of the favorite South Indian breakfast recipes for many. The porridge like dish is easy to digest and healthy too.

Puttu

Steaming puttu & pazham (ripe banana), and I know I am home. It is one of the popular South Indian breakfast recipes in most of the Kerala household.

Though puttu is commonly made with rice powder, you can also opt for change of flavors using rava, wheat, and ragi or corn powder. Blending the powder with right amount of water is the trick one must learn with experience, or else your puttu could be a flop.

The powder laced with freshly ground coconut is steam cooked in a calendric shaped vessel for about 20-minutes, presents in front of you the appealing puttu. The usual combinations include puttu and ripe banana or puttu and chickpea curry. Even with egg or meat curry, you can enjoy it thoroughly well.

Idiyappam

Another rice flour recipe, idiyappam or nool puttu as it is known in many places is a noodles type dish. Even kids enjoy it thanks to its appearance. Mixed with warm milk and sugar, it tastes excellent.

Kerala Parotta

Well, well, this is a special and different item. I haven’t had it for a very long time, yet, I still can feel the fluffy, delicate taste in my mouth.

Made from maida flour – despite the taste, it’s the reason why I avoid it – parotta one of the popular South Indian breakfast recipes among many people. Experienced hands knead out the best layered and soft parottas. With non-veg curries it tastes just delectable and irresistible.

Urad Dal Vada

If you are ordering a set of idli or masala dosa, you get a vada as well. Made from gram flour, blended with black pepper and ginger, it resembles more like a dough nut. Deep fried in oil, crispy and tasty, it just is the best side dish for a healthy breakfast.

If you are travelling to any of the south Indian states, do enjoy these items. However, given the state of affairs, staying home is the best bet. Yet, our time at home can be made constructive and fruitful by testing our culinary skills. Now you have a few delicious South Indian breakfast recipes in your list to spruce up your breakfast table.

Author

Deepu

A Travel enthusiast and Foodie, craving to explore the intricate beauty of nature and its gift of delectable treats. Pens down his thoughts and experiences to present a delightful journey for his readers

27 thoughts on “7 Delectable South Indian Breakfast Recipes

  • April 25, 2020 at 9:14 am
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    I love South Indian foods… It’s a really interesting topic for all foodies… Amazing concept… I like this article because of the brief descriptions about food …. Eating is enough but the proper introduction is required then only everybody will enjoy the taste of the foods

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    • April 27, 2020 at 11:24 am
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      yes, do travel back to South when you get a chance

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  • April 25, 2020 at 11:13 am
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    Saya suka mencoba makanan India karena ada banyak kesamaan dengan makanan dari negara saya, sangat enak dan layak untu di coba

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    • April 27, 2020 at 11:26 am
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      ya, tolong coba dan beri tahu saya bagaimana ini.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 9:31 pm
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    It was perfect the first time. I learn so much from you as well! Keep it up great post.

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    • May 21, 2020 at 5:20 pm
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      thanks much. Keep visiting

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  • April 30, 2020 at 8:27 pm
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    Nice topic.

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  • May 21, 2020 at 3:40 am
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    I have always wanted to try idiyappam or nool puttu! My sister came back from India a few months ago and raved about how it was one of her favorite dishes to eat.

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    • May 23, 2020 at 5:16 pm
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      Do try it and you will see how good it is

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  • May 21, 2020 at 7:15 am
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    I haven’t tried many south Indian recipes before, but these all sound delicious! I would love to try them.

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    • May 23, 2020 at 5:17 pm
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      these are some of the easiest ones to give a try

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  • May 21, 2020 at 8:56 am
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    Urad Dal Vada Looks delicious. I have not tried a lot of Indian food but your recommendations looks good

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    • May 23, 2020 at 5:18 pm
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      it is not a main course meal, but vada is a crispy side dish

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  • May 21, 2020 at 5:16 pm
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    I have never had anything like this, but it all looks delicious. And your descriptions are really good. I could almost taste these as you were describing them. Now I need to try them and see how close they get to my thoughts.

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    • May 23, 2020 at 5:22 pm
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      hope they become a regular menu at your breakfast table 🙂

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  • May 21, 2020 at 6:34 pm
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    I find that indian food always look fresh and healthy I am a big fan. Most of the thing you presented I never heard of so it’s giving me ideas what to go buy in my local indian market.

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    • May 23, 2020 at 5:23 pm
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      do try them, and please share your experience

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    • May 23, 2020 at 5:25 pm
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      well, most of these are made of rice powder.

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  • May 22, 2020 at 12:40 am
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    Gosh those idlis look way too yummy and so soft in texture! Strangely we haven’t had it in a while now so maybe we will make this in the coming week!

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  • May 22, 2020 at 1:32 am
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    I love food from Kerala, especially Dosa, my mom always make them.

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  • May 22, 2020 at 7:08 am
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    Very cool! I love learning about other countries and cultures especially their food. I haven’t had any of those dishes before, I wonder if the Indian Restaurant near me has any.

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  • May 22, 2020 at 9:30 am
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    So many wonderful choices here. I would love to give any of these dishes a try, but especially the one with the ripe bananas.

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  • May 22, 2020 at 10:18 am
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    oh these look so yum , i so need to try making kerala parotta , thank you for all of these kind regards Pati Robins at style squeeze blog

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  • May 22, 2020 at 8:41 pm
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    It’s so interesting to know more about breakfast from other countries this is very useful I would love to try some of these recipe.

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  • May 23, 2020 at 3:10 pm
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    Dosa is one of my favorite southern Indian food. I usually pair it with coconut chutney or in any soup. It looks so yummy!

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