“A leisurely breakfast is key to a happy day”, you must’ve heard this from many people. But what is it about the morning meal that makes it so important? Well, for starters, it is a meal you consume after a night-long slumber,  it should be wholesome to keep you going till the next meal. Secondly, a delicious and healthy meal can instantly lift up our moods. While in India we do enjoy parathas, puris and anda bhurji for a sumptuous breakfast, let’s not forget about the delightful and crispy vadas and butter-y dosas that screams indulgence. A South Indian breakfast is an all-time favourite for everyone from kids and adults and ranges from the humble upma to Kerala's popular appam served with a wholesome vegetable stew. Nothing beats the aroma of crackling curry leaves spluttering with mustard seeds. And then there’s whole set of variety from the cuisines of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka or Tamil Nadu.

So, let’s cut to the chase, we’ve got 7 best south Indian breakfast options you would absolutely love. Simple, healthy and timeless, spruce up your mundane mornings with these south Indian recipes.

1. Instant Oats Dosa

This hearty dosa is not just crispy and delicious, but full of healthy properties of oats as well. This can easily be your next favourite idea for a wholesome breakfast.  

2. Chettinad Appam

Fluffy, soft and extremely delicious, this Chettinad-style appam is the one to bookmark for your breakfast. With a soft and thick centre and paper-thin exterior, appams can be paired well with sambar or vegetable stew.  

3. Uttapam

Light and scrumptious, uttapam is quite like a dosa but much softer, made with a mixture of semolina, dhuli urad dal and fenugreek seeds. One bite of it and you’ll be hooked.

4. Ven Pongal

A traditional south Indian meal, pongal is made with a combination of rice and lentils, cooked and tempered with cumin and oodles of ghee on top. Simple, wholesome and unbelievably delicious, pair this with tangy sambhar and coconut chutney.

5. Instant Raw Buttermilk Sambar

A hearty stew to go with all your south Indian preparations, sambar has a lightly tangy flavour and is sure to comfort you across all seasons. Top it off with a sizzling tadka.

6. Podi Idli

Podi is a spice powder that is tossed in with steamed idlis and ghee for a fiery dish that will sate you to no end. You may pair it with a vegetable stew or sambar for a tantalising meal.  

7. Instat Medu Vada

Fresh out of the wok who can even resist crispy and crunchy vadas? This urad dal-based snack is a crowd pleaser on all occasions when served with coconut chutney.

So, which one of these recipes are you trying for your next morning meal?