Be it the comfort of indulging in a hearty sambar with light and crispy dosa and vada or the decadent payasam post that, south Indian cuisine never fails to impress the foodie in us. And if you thought it is limited to just the staples of idli, dosa and vada, have you ever explored the diverse cuisine yet? One visit across south Indian states will tell you how each state brings a different flavour and cuisine, which is distinct from each other.  

While Hyderabad will delight you with its aromatic biryanis, succulent kebabs and pachadis, the Malabar region of Kerala will surprise you with its fiery, robust non-vegetarian curries! Wondering what’s more? We have some of the best of south Indian delights, much beyond idli dosa, right here that you must bookmark for your next feast!

1. Chettinad Chicken

Bold, fiery, and dull of masala, chicken chettinad is sure to make you and your guests drool with its spice quotient crashing the roof! Do you love spicy things? This one will be your hot favourite, from the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu.

2. Puliyodharai

Steamed rice tossed with a special homemade pullikacchal masala, full of red chillies, mustard seeds, curry leaves, tamarind water, black peppercorns and more! Puliyodharai is a quick and easy comfort meal you won’t be able to resist.

3. Meen Curry

A Kerala-style fish curry tossed in a pool of spices! The coastal region boasts some of the most amazing Indian seafood, and meen curry is one of the best from the lot.

4. Bendakaya Pulusu

Have you ever imagined okra in a tangy tamarind gravy? No? Well, this delicacy from Andhra is sure to change that for you. Fried in mustard seeds and tossed in a tamarind sauce, bendakaya pulusu is perfect to go with rice or roti.

5. Hyderabadi Biryani

The signature dish from the city of Nawabs, Hyderabadi Biryani, is one dish that will appeal to all your senses! Aromatic spices tossed with semi-cooked rice and layered with succulent meat are wonderful delight you can’t miss.

6. Avial

A traditional dish from Kerala, avial is a delightful thick mix of veggies that include potatoes, drumsticks, carrots, etc., with a splutter of mustard seeds cooked in coconut oil. Best served with cooked rice.

7. Gongura Mamsam

A lamb curry made with flavourful gongura leaves, a distinct ingredient of the Andhra region, infused with fiery spices and topped with red chillies. Gongura mamsam is a mouth-watering treat you can prepare for a dinner party at home.  

8. Bisi Bele Bhaat

A soothing, comforting light on the tummy dish from Karnataka, which is made by combining lentils, rice and a host of vegetables of your choice. The hint of coconut lends a distinct flavour!

9. Coorg Chicken Curry

A chicken curry cooked in authentic coorgi masala packed with peppercorn, cinnamon, coconut, curry leaves and more!

10. Pesarattu

Made with green gram and rice, lightly spiced, this dosa from Andhra Pradesh is a perfect light meal to include in your breakfast or lunch.

11. Kerala Style Chicken Stew 

Light and hearty stew made with chunks of chicken doused in beautifully spiced and delightful coconut gravy served with crispy, paper-thin appams.

12. Paal Payasam

A staple dessert down south, payasam is a close cousin of kheer, made with cashew, raisins, rice and milk!

Try these fantastic south Indian delicacies at home and share your thoughts with us!