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South Indian breakfast – Top 10 Appetizing Dishes to Treat Yourself

South Indian breakfast

South Indian cuisine is very extensive and it comprises varied dishes from five South Indian states namely Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka. These states are known for their delicious and unique recipes which are made from locally available ingredients. South Indian breakfast dishes are easy to cook and delicious.

Southern regions of India have very healthy and light breakfast recipes. These dishes are not only tasty but also contain enough protein, fats, and carbohydrates to keep you energized throughout the day. Some recipes require some preparation like soaking rice and lentils for idli and dosa. Dishes like idli, dosa, upma, appam can also be packed in the tiffin box for the kids because they love to eat this kind of food. Most of the dishes have an accompaniment of tangy and sweet chutneys. South Indian cuisine also contains items that are mainly fermented and hence are rich in probiotics which help in maintaining a healthy gut. Breakfast items like sambhar or rasam are low in calories as they contain a lot of vegetables along with yogurt and pulses. Virgin coconut and sesame oil are the main sources of oil used in cooking which is very good for maintaining heart health.

Let us now look into the 10 most popular & healthy south Indian breakfast dishes that are easy to cook and taste delicious.

South Indian Breakfast

Idli is a popular breakfast recipe in south India and popular in other parts of India too. Soft and fluffy idlis are served with the sambar and coconut chutney is not only tasty but also very healthy as well. It is one of the healthiest breakfast we can eat in the morning.

Masala dosa

Masala dosa is a popular South Indian breakfast not only in India but in other countries also. Although preparing masala dosa is a long process, the end product is worth it in terms of taste, texture, and health benefits. Crispy and white, masala dosa is served with coconut chutney and sambar.


Uttapam is a delicious protein-packed South Indian dosa that people eat for breakfast or lunch. Unlike traditional thin dosas, uttapam is thicker as it is taken with preferred toppings of vegetables and potatoes. These pancakes are made from fermented rice and urad dal batter where quinoa van also is added which are then fried in coconut oil.

Medu vada 

Crisp and fried doughnuts are made from black grams. Medu vada is one of the easiest snacks to make in the home. If you have leftover sambar and you don’t know what to do then just make the medu vadas, dip in sambar, and enjoy.

Khara Pongal 
South Indian Breakfast

Khara Pongal is a South Indian delicacy that is made with white rice and yellow moong dal (lentils) into a porridge-like dish. Spiced with hing, black peppercorns, and cumin this dish is not complete without generous portions of desi ghee.


A traditional South Indian breakfast, upma is made from rava or suji. Mixed with chopped locally available vegetables and green chilies to make it spicy, upma is generally served with a homemade coconut chutney and spicy potatoes.


Puttu is a popular dish that is primarily a steamed log which is made with rice flour and coconut. Served hot with curry of black chickpeas known as kadala, it has a wonderful aroma. It can also be served with potato curry or any other vegetable of your choice.


Idiyappam is a popular breakfast in South India which is also known as nool puttu. The texture of idiyappam is soft and smooth and tastes very good with any south Indian curry or vegetable like mushroom or vegetable stew.


These crepes are made from green moong which is a type of lentil in India and is a healthy and nutritious dosa variety. Vegan as well as gluten-free, this light breakfast recipe is very popular in Andhra Pradesh.

Mysore Bonda
South Indian Breakfast

Bonda is a soft and crispy fritter made with a special Indian lentil known as urad dal along with coconut and aromatic Indian spices. Bonda can be made with different types of ingredients as per one’s preference like potato bonda, Sabudana bonda, etc.

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