7 South Indian Breakfast Dishes To Kickstart Your Day
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What is it about breakfast that makes it so crucial? To begin with, since it is a meal that you eat after a long night of sleep, it should be filling enough to sustain you till your next meal. Second, we might feel instantaneously happier after eating a tasty and nutritious meal. Even while we in India love our luxurious breakfasts of parathas, puris, and anda bhurji, we also have to mention the delicious, crispy vadas and buttery dosas that just shout luxury. A South Indian breakfast, which includes dishes like the modest upma and the well-known appam from Kerala paired with a hearty vegetable stew, is a perennial favourite for both children and adults. There's nothing quite like the smell of mustard seeds spluttering from crackling curry leaves. Then there is the vast array of variations seen in the cuisines of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.

Masala Dosa

It is a famous South Indian breakfast food both in India and overseas. Making masala dosa takes time, but it is well worth it. This recipe makes a crispy dosa that is served with a tasty potato masala. If you don't have time, you can omit the potato masala and instead prepare sada dosa (basic dosa) with coconut chutney.


Idli is a delicate, pillowy steamed savoury cake prepared with fermented rice and lentil dough. The lentils used to make the idli batter are urad dal (hulled black gram).

Idli is a typical morning dish in every South Indian home. Idli is popular both in India and abroad.

It is inherently vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free, making it one of the healthiest breakfast choices when served with Sambar and Coconut Chutney.


Appam (also known as "palappam") are delicious, lacy, and fluffy pancakes or hoppers from Kerala cuisine prepared from crushed, fermented rice and coconut batter. Appam, which is thin and crispy around the edges but soft and fluffy on the inside, is great when served with vegetable stew for a substantial vegetarian breakfast. They happen to be gluten-free and vegan.

Medu Vada

Medu Vada is a typical South Indian breakfast food made out of doughnut-shaped lentil fritters that are fluffy, crunchy, soft, and tasty. If a sugary breakfast isn't your thing, try these savoury spiced doughnuts prepared with black gram lentils, spices, and herbs. These are traditionally served with Sambar and Coconut Chutney as a pleasant, full, and fulfilling breakfast or snack.


Pongal is a popular dish with savoury and sweet variations. It is cooked during the renowned Pongal Festival or other Hindu holidays in South India and presented to the deities as naivedyam (food offerings).

The savoury and seasoned variation is known as Ven Pongal. In Tamil, "ven" means "white" and "pongal" means "boiling or bubbling over and overflowing".

Bonda Soup

Bonda Soup is a famous meal, particularly among the people of Mysore. It comprises crispy urad daal papads dunked in lentil soup. The lentil soup is just like the lentil dish you make at home. To give it a more South Indian flavour, add some grated coconut to the dish. Instead of deep frying your papads, try pan-frying them. This is a light meal that you can enjoy early in the morning when you don't feel like eating anything substantial.


The Rice Puttu recipe comes from Kerala and is a typical South Indian morning meal. It is both light and nutritional. Puttus are like fluffy steam cakes. They are eaten with bananas or kadala curry, depending on personal choice. Puttu is simple to make: just combine pounded rice, shredded coconut, salt, and water. Make careful to toast the rice flour before preparing the combination. Steam it with additional spices such as cumin, chilli powder, and pepper.