Not fried, but fermented, steamed food takes prominence here in forms of idli, dosa, upma et al, making you take a step, towards healthy lifestyle.
South India is a vast, diverse region with a cuisine that has captured the minds of many. The popularity of South Indian staples such as idli, vada and dosa has transcended geographical boundaries, and has now found fans across the globe. Ever wondered why? Sure, in terms of taste and flavour they are incomparable. Many South Indian breakfast delicacies are so unique, that you wouldn’t find their counterparts elsewhere. But surely, there must be something more going on in its favour? Turns out, a quintessential South Indian breakfast is a treasure of vital nutrients, minerals and antioxidants. Not fried, but fermented, steamed food takes prominence here in forms of idli, dosa, upma et al, making you take a step, towards healthy lifestyle. Here are five more reasons to love a typical South Indian breakfast spread.
The Probiotic Power
If you know how batter of idli, dosa and uttapam are made, then you are well-aware of the process of fermentation. Enzymes and bacteria breakdown chemical compounds in the batter that helps batter rise. Additionally, fermented foods are also great probiotics, they help feed the gut, which in turn helps improve your digestion and immunity system. It also maximises intake of B Vitamins.
Increased Protein Intake
One of the usual suspects in this breakfast spread is Sambar. Sambar is a lentil preparation made with tempering of mustard seeds, dried red chillies. Lentils are an incredible source of plant-based protein, when this sambar is paired with rice-based idli, dosa or appam, it becomes a complete, high-protein meal. Protein helps induce satiety, which prevents you from over-eating, thus aiding weight-loss.
Spices for the win
You do not associate South Indian breakfast with all things fiery hot, but the food is in fact renowned for its use of healing spices such as turmeric, mustard seeds, black pepper, cumin fenugreek seeds, chillies et al. Spices used in moderation, is known to do wonders for your digestion and metabolism.
Local ingredients like coconut, bananas and curry leaves are also used generously in the South Indian cuisine. A delish chutney or relish that is almost, always served with South Indian food is chutney. Coconut is packed with many health benefits, it is rich in fibre, plenty of antioxidants and minerals.
If you think about it, most breakfast foods of South India are steamed and not fried, which helps prevent the calorie load of the dish.
Always remember that home-made South Indian food is always a good idea as opposed to the ones available outside. And it is not much effort too. Here is our favourite Adai dosa recipe that you must try.