10 Foods to Try While Traveling in South India

Last week we featured 10 Foods to Try While Traveling in North India. Part II now has us heading south to the land of biryani, dosa, and Chettinad everything! Here are 10 of our favorite foods that every traveler must try in South India.

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Indian pancake made with fermented batter. They are crispy and a great snack or breakfast dish. Dosas are very popular in South India and a must have for all.

Idli and Vada

Idli is a savory rice cake and vada is deep fried doughnut with herbs and spices. A perfect combination for breakfast or a light snack.


Another form of Indian pancake, Uttapam is usually thick and served with vegetables.

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Hyderabadi Biryani

A popular rice dish from the city of Hyderabad. It is generally prepared with meat or eggs, toasted nuts, dried fruits, caramelized onions, and aromatic spices. It is rich in flavor and grand in tradition.

Kerala Prawn Curry

Prawns cooked in a coconut base (freshly grated coconut or coconut milk) with shallots, garlic, ginger, green chilis, plump tomatoes, and fresh curry.

Chettinad Chicken

Chicken Chettinad is a classic Indian recipe from the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu. It consists of chicken marinated in yogurt, spices, and coconut, accompanied with boiled rice or bread.

Chettinad Chicken from the Chettinad region of South India

Muscat Halwa

Muscat Halwa is a dessert from Tamil Nadu made with cashew, wheat, and coconut milk. It is a favorite of our President, Allison Sodha! 


Rice pudding flavored with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashews, pistachios, or almonds.

Mysore Pak

Rice sweet dish prepared with butter and gram flour.


Bebinca, also known as bibik or bebinka, is a type of pudding and a traditional Indo-Portuguese dessert. Traditional Bebinca has seven layers. The ingredients include plain flour, sugar, ghee, egg yolk, and coconut milk.

What other South Indian favorites would you add to this list? Comment below!

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Topics: India, Food and Water, Cuisine

Datri Sodha

Written by Datri Sodha