Today it is another mouth-watering post as I bring forth my favorite South Indian Dishes available in North India which I got to taste till date.
Idli is something which is not only limited to South India but has become one of the favorite food items people have in all parts of the country when they step out for food. I remember how many every food joint I went to back in 2010 in Delhi offered this food item.
An interesting fact I should share with you all here is that my sister craved for only South Indian dishes during her first pregnancy in the year 2007 and I cannot forget how I had to travel a distance of 17 km daily to get the best available Idli- Sambhar for her in Rajasthan! Thank goodness we didn’t have to travel South India for those yummy Idli- Dosa!!
A staple food which is immensely popular in every North Indian household today is Dosa. It is basically prepared after fermenting the paste of daal (pulse) which you all must be acquainted with better than anyone else.
I too attempted making dosa a few days ago. Dosa is eaten in combination with sambhar along with spicy coconut dip which all together gives a delightful taste.
Uthappam is basically a pancake which is an elaborate version of the hot and crispy dosa. These are made as pancakes and are thicker than dosa. It is easy to cook and taste yummy and is in a way healthy too as it has the batter of fermented pulse or semolina as per one’s choice and availability of time.
It is garnished with chopped onions, green chillies & coriander /curry leaves as per choice of taste.
A version of North Indian Daal is the Sāmbhar which is made by boiling 2-3 vegetables together along with some pulse. Tamarind is added as the main ingredient which makes the dish taste better.
Curry leaves are extensively used in Sambhar and the aromatic smell it gives to the rich gravy of Sambhar is simply irresistible.
Payasam is not new for North Indians and a version popular here as Kheer is the same what is made in South. The main difference is the use of jaggery and coconut milk in the South which is replaced by sugar and milk in the North.
It is one of the main desserts made in South India and there are various kinds of ingredients which are added to make this dessert more interesting like apple, almond etc.
Lastly, I do want to express that the essence of the food prepared originally in the South cannot be replaced in any way but it is certainly good that people who cannot visit Southern part of the country can still try and enjoy these South Indian Dishes and admire the taste and eating preferences of the people there.
What are your favorite South Indian Dishes?
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