Top 10 South Indian Street Food

 
10-Nov-2011 by

South Indian Street Food Fares

Rice is the quintessential ingredient of South Indian kitchens, and when it comes to the street foods also, the case remains the same. However, it would be more precise if I say that South Indian street food delights display the confluence of dishes from across India. From classic South Indian fares such as idlis and dosas to the North Indian jalebis and pani puri, you will be able to locate everything in the four South Indian states. The more interesting fact is that you will even find street vendors selling foreign dishes with an Indian touch. Let me now take your through a short visual tour of some of the classic South Indian street food fares.

 

10 Classic South Indian Street Food Fares

 

1. Samosa

Samosa

You get various variants of this deep-fried pastry. Prepared with refined flour, these stuffed delicacies are served with sweet chutney and spicy chutney or with tomato ketchup. In Kerala, you get onion stuffed samosas, while in other South Indian states a mix of potato and onions are offered.

 

2. Idli

Idli

Round, fluffy, soft idlis just melt in your mouth when relished fresh and hot. A popular breakfast delicacy, it is made with rice and urad dal. Served with various chutneys and sambar, you may even get the Idly Podi if you are trying out this South Indian street food in Tamilnadu.

 

3. Vada

Vada

While Medu vada is available commonly for breakfast, you will get masala vada as an evening snack. The former one is prepared using urad dal and flavored with green chilie, black peppercorns, and onions, while gram dal and tuvar dal is used in the preparation of the latter.

 

4. Dosa

Dosa

Dosas are the South Indian pancakes made using sour rice dough. Low in calories and served with coconut chutney and steaming hot sambar, this delicacy is also available with a filling of spiced potato – masala dosa.

 

5. Bajji

Bajji

When it rains, you should try eating these yummy South Indian snack. Onions, bell peppers, potato, chili, raw banana, bread – these are some of the most popular variants available. Deep-fried delights, make sure that you sweat out before you grab them!

 

6. Pazhampori

Pazhampori

A classic Kerala teatime snack, these golden, fried banana fritters are sweet delights. Enjoy them fresh and hot right out of the frying pan with a cup of hot ginger tea!

 

7. Puttu

Puttu

Once again a dish from Kerala, prepared with rice and coconut, it is a breakfast choice. Served most commonly with a spicy dish made using brown chana, it can also be relished with bananas and pappadom [wafers].

 

8. Kesari

Kesari

A typical dessert item, this South Indian street food is also popular as a breakfast dish. Prepared with semolina or vermicelli, this is flavored with cardamom for enriched taste.

 

9. Bisibele Bath

Bisibele Bath

This is also a breakfast delight, more commonly seen in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Served with potato wafers or some savory crunchy delicacy, it makes for a heavy, filling breakfast.

 

10. Pongal

Pongal

While the sweet version of pongal is relished as a dessert, you get savory version also. It tastes best when eaten hot with roasted gram dal and cocnut chutney spiced with red chilies!

 

Every town and hamlet of India has its own collection of street foods. And, hence, this discussion of South Indian street food is a never ending one.

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Comments

Anonymous

Jancy says :

The Idlis and vadas are really classic. I love them.
Posted on: 13 November 2011 - 9:40pm
Anonymous

Anonymous says :

U have forgotten hyderabadi biryani which is not only indian favourite its world favorite,i think u r pure vegetarian , samosa is Indian favorite snack, i am southee but i dont like few dishes in u r menu.
Posted on: 18 November 2011 - 11:19am
Anonymous

Anonymous says :

sorry for my prev post, i didnt read the title (street) properly.
Posted on: 18 November 2011 - 11:25am
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