8 Breakfast Dishes From Tamil Nadu Beyond Idli And Dosa

Tamil Nadu, a southern state in India, is known for its rich cultural heritage and delicious cuisine. When it comes to breakfast, most people are familiar with popular dishes like idli, dosa, and pongal. However, there are several lesser-known breakfasts that are equally tasty and nutritious.

These lesser-known breakfasts of Tamil Nadu are not only delicious but also provide a balanced mix of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. They are a great way to jumpstart your day with a pop of flavour, and spice to explore the diversity of Tamil Nadu's cuisine.


We all know and love appams already right, but Uppappam is something unique. In Tamil, the word ‘upp’ means salt and this Uppappam is made with chana, urad and moong dal for a savoury treat.

Vella Dosai

There is another type of dosa that is quite different from the normal dosa: the vella dosai, which is made of jaggery, whole wheat flour and rice or ragi flour. It is the perfect breakfast for when you need extra energy. 

Arisi Upma

Using coarsely ground rice flour, toor dal, and black pepper to prepare Arisi Upma is a simple and easy breakfast dish.

Ammani Kozhukattai

Rice flour dumplings that are steamed, cooked and later tossed in tempering mix for additional flavour. Very little oil is used in its preparation, hence it makes for a healthy and light breakfast.

Pidi Kozhukattai

Kozhukattai, or upma kozhukattai, is a dish made from upma but made into an oval ball and steamed. Ideal to pair with a coconut or tomato chutney.


A staple for the Tamil Brahmin community, this simple dish is made with rice flour, buttermilk and a handful of tempered spices for seasoning. Since it only takes 15 minutes to make, its a favourite fast breakfast or tiffin item.

Lemon Sevai

There are many types of breakfasts available in Tamil Nadu, including lemon sevai. You will keep wanting more of this dish because of its tangy flavour from the lemon and the crunch from the chana dal and peanuts.


This is one of the most popular gravies served in many parts of Tamil Nadu. You will want to savor the aroma of this dish, which is made from leftover vadas in a spicy onion-tomato gravy.

Paruppu Poli

The pairing of bananas and ghee make the perfect start to the day. These fried polis flavoured with coconut and jaggery are slathered with ghee and served with a banana for a perfect morning combo.