Southern Delights: flavors of the South

Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the two union territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry. These are what comprise the southern part of India. That part of our country which is known for some amazing cuisine and culture. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of South Indian food? Dosas, sambar, and idli? Well, that is but an iota of what this region has to offer your palate! Move over the stereotypes and you have a world of dishes waiting for you to try them. Here is a peek into what comprises the flavors of the South.

Carnatic Cuisine

This is all about Mangalorean, Udupi, Kodagu, and North Karnatak cuisine. The food is very spicy in this Carnatic region. Rice-based dishes, non-vegetarian fare, and jowar rotis form the staple diet here. The Udupi region eats only vegetarian fare. In Delhi and NCR, there are lots of places where you can sample dishes from these regions. Southy, Sagar Ratna, Vaango, Carnatic Cafe, Karnataka Restaurant, etc. are some of them.







Malabari Cuisine

The dominant flavor in Malabari cuisine is that of coconut. The other flavors include chillis, curry leaves, mustard seeds and tamarind. The traditional Kerala Sadya is something to give an arm and a leg for. The non-vegetarian fare with a generous dose of coconut gravy is also a must have. Some places in Delhi/NCR for Malabari cuisine are Mahabelly, The Toddy Shop, and Anna’s Hotel.





Andhra Cuisine

Red chillies and gongura leaves are used as a staple and very generously in the Andhra style of cooking which is characteristically spicy and rich in taste. Non-vegetarian dishes are a must have in Andhra and who does not know or has had a taste of the very famous Hyderabadi Biryani? And to wash it all down, there is the delicious buttermilk. Andhra Bhavan Canteen and Andhra Biryani House are two places apart from others where you can get a taste of this part of India.




This region is characterized by the flavors of curry leaves, mustard seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut and rosewater. One can never get enough of a glass of piping hot filter coffee, the aroma of sambar, and the taste of Chettinad food. Some places where you can eat this type of food in Delhi/NCR are Dakshin, Saravana Bhavan, Madras Cafe, Zambar, and Flavors of Chennai.



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