10 must-try South Indian dishes

By Famous India


A thin, crunchy pancake made with fermented rice and lentil batter that is usually served with sambar, a vegetable stew made with lentils, and coconut chutney.


Made from fermented rice and lentil batter, these steamed rice cakes are frequently eaten with chutneys and sambar.


Savory deep-fried doughnuts, typically with chutney and sambar, prepared with a batter of lentils and spices.


A fiery, tart South Indian soup with tamarind, tomatoes, lentils, and a sprinkling of coriander, cumin, and pepper.


A tasty stew of vegetables, including drumsticks, carrots, potatoes, and tomatoes, cooked with lentils and spiced with tamarind.


A thick pancake topped with different toppings like onions, tomatoes, green chilies, and served with chutney. It is created with fermented rice and lentil batter.


A hearty South Indian morning dish consisting of cooked rice and lentils, enhanced with ghee, cumin, and black pepper.

Bisi Bele Bath

A tasty one-pot meal that's typically served with a dollop of ghee and is made with rice, lentils, mixed veggies, tamarind, and a unique spice mixture.

Coconut Rice

Aromatic rice cooked with curry leaves, mustard seeds, fresh grated coconut, and seasonings like dried red chiles and turmeric.


A typical Kerala dish seasoned with curry leaves and coconut oil, and composed of mixed veggies, coconut, and yogurt.

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10 must-try South Indian dishes