10 Best South Indian Breakfast Recipes

10 Best South Indian Breakfast Recipes

Highlights
  • From kids to adults, the South Indian breakfast is an all time favourite
  • Start your day with steamed idlis spruced up with coconut chutney
  • Nothing beats waking up to the aroma of crackling curry leaves
“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast”, and since nothing screams morning glory quite like some crispy vadas and butter-y dosas - we’ve compiled our 10 best South Indian breakfast recipes just for you.

From kids to adults, the South Indian breakfast is an all time favourite ranging from the humble upma to Kerala’s popular appam served with a delicious vegetable stew. Let’s face it, nothing beats waking up to the aroma of crackling curry leaves and the sound of sputtering mustard seeds. And since we can’t decide whether we love the cuisine from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu or Telangana more, we bring all of South India to you. You can happily kick start your day with some steamed idlis spruced up with coconut chutney and a bowl of piping hot sambar - simple, healthy and timeless. Indeed, there are infinite ways to transform your mundane mornings the South Indian way, but we’ve listed our top 10 which will never fail to impress. If you’re racing against time and can’t have a leisurely breakfast, you can recreate the classics in the comfort of your home and pack them for work. They're that easy!
If you’re looking for something simple and speedy, delicious and nutritious - these dishes are just the ticket for you. Here are our sensational recipes that play up the South like never before. Now, stop drooling, start cooking. And take your senses for a gastronomical joy ride.

1. Onion Rava Dosa
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

Crispy, deep-fried and divine, this rava-style dosa made with onions is too good to be true. Soon to be your new favourite, you can even add some green chillies for that extra zing.
 

2. Buttermilk Sambar
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal

A recipe that’s sure to draw recipe requests. This buttermilk based sambar imparts a tangy flavour, and tastes even better if topoed off with a tantalizing tadka.
 

3. Appam: Rice and Coconut Pancake
Recipe by Chef Sherin Deepu

A handful of ingredients is all you need to create these magical, fluffy appams! With a soft and thick center and a paper thin exterior, you can lap up any curry with these lovely appams.
 

4. Medhu Vada
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

Crispy and sinful, this urad dal based snack is a favourite of many and who can blame them? Spruce it up with some coconut chutney and serve piping hot.
 

5. Ven Pongal
Recipe by Chef Akshara Adidravida

Rice and lentils, cooked and tempered with cumin and a dollop of ghee give birth to this traditional South Indian breakfast. We promise, it’s simply delicious and pairs beautifully with tangy sambhar and coconut chutney. 
 

6. Uttapam
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

Light and scrummy, uttapam is a dosa-like preparation made with a mixture of rice, dhuli urad dal and fenugreek seeds. Once you try it, you’re sure to ask for seconds!
 

7. Rawa Upma
Recipe by Chef Kishore D Reddy

Savoured all over the Indian subcontinent and not just the South, top off this delicious breakfast dish with some grated coconut and greens.
 

8. Puttu
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

Coconut-y and delectable, this steamed rice cake is extremely popular in Kerala and can be relished with Kadala curry, egg curry and even ripe bananas. All you need is 20 minutes to whip up this instant hit!
 

9. Kerala Vegetable Stew
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal & Devanshi

Fuss-free and easy, this vegetable stew made with carrots, potatoes, cauliflower and French beans is brimming with flavour. Spice with cinnamon and a handful of curry leaves.
 

10. Oats Idli
Recipe by Chef Ramya Parameswaran

A healthy approach for those who are calorie conscious, these idlis stuffed with oats and grated carrots are just yum! Who says food can’t be nutritious and scrumptious at the same? 
 

We are sure that waking up to these delectable South Indian dishes will make your mornings all the more better. Let us know which one tops your list as a favourite breakfast option.

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