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Why South Indian Food Is Simply The Best In The World

Ah! The biryanis and egg curries here. Yum! Ah! The biryanis and egg curries here. Yum!
Taste the various cuisines of South India, for if you haven't yet, you are missing on a plethora of flavours. HolidayIQ Travellers suggest the best.

Why South Indian Food Is Simply The Best In The World:

  1. Andhra Pradesh
  2. Karnataka
  3. Kerala
  4. Tamil Nadu
  5. Telangana

1. The Unbelievably Spicy Andhra Cuisine Bound To Make You Salivate


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The first thing that comes to mind when talking about Andhra cuisine is Hyderabadi cuisine. The Nizams preferred more spice in their food than most people and hence the Andhra cuisine is spicier than any other South Indain cuisine. Besides the famous Hyderabadi Biryani, Andhra also has Chepala Purusu, Ullava Chaaru and a host of other dishes to feast upon. HolidayIQ Traveller Saurabh says, “Now coming to Local Foods and Shopping, nothing is better than a full plate Biryani at BAWARCHI, travelling to Hyderabad is incomplete without this place. It also contains some great collection of North Indian Foods like Chole Bhature, Chaat, Thali but famous only for Biryani. Some other places famous for their Biryanis are Paradise, Hyderabad House.”

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2. Karnataka's Distinct Snacks, Rice Dishes & Dosas


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One can claim that among the South Indian states, Karnataka cuisine involves the minimum use of chilli and spices (with the exception of certain parts in Northern Karnataka). The use of jaggery and palm sugar is generous and owing to a caparatively high percentage of vegetarians than other Southern states, vegetarian dishes like bisi bele bath, Udupi dosas and rava idlis enjoy immense popularity. HolidayIQ Traveller Arun says, “Good native Karnataka food at Hallimane (home type food I suppose). North is comparatively hot than south Karnataka. Don't forget to buy doodh peda from Dharwad. Enjoy the greenery in Gangavati - Sindhanur belt. Try benne dosa (butter dosa) in Davengiri. Overall good visit, nice food and scenic places.”

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3. Kerala's Subtly Flavoured Cuisine Like Aviyal


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Food in Kerala is very diverse. Syrian Christian and Malabari Muslim styles are the two most defining influences on this cuisine. Generous use of coconut in any form is prevailent in most dishes and an added zing comes from the combination of coconut (mostly oil) and seafood in some curries. Aviyal is one dish, which has coconut and different vegetables. The layered Kerala Parotta is also famous for it's crisp outer layer and soft inner layers and is usually eaten with kurma. It is hugely popular in all other southern states too. Sadya, which translates to banquet in Malyalam, is a combination of didhes served on a banana leaf and eaten in many places in Kerala on a daily basis. HolidayIQ Traveller Abdu says, “I heard about Kerala so much and at that time onwards i make a decision to go there at any cost. I planned a trip to Wayanad, Kerala. Its one of the great place I have ever visited in my entire life. A great architecture of nature. No doubt on that. I recommend that place to the one who need a mental relief from day to day stress. I love Kerala.”  

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4. Tamil Nadu's Beautifully Flavoured Chutneys, Sambar and Dosas


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Tamil cuisine revolves around rice as the staple dish and many vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian curries. Dishes like sambhar, rasam, paruppu, kuzhambu, etc. are mixed with rice. A number of sweet dishes and snacks are also eaten widely by locals. HolidayIQ Traveller Jayanthan says, “Tamil Nadu is a state with various cultural places. I live in Tamil Nadu and visited most of the famous destinations like Meenakshi Amman temple and Madurai. World's second largest beach Marina Beach is a great place. It is one of the largest state in India with more than seven crore people, so there are various cultures followed in each part of Tamil Nadu.The food is served on Banana leaves and is awesome. “

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5. Telangana's Spicy Meat Treats


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The cuisine of Telangana is very different from that of Andhra Pradesh. A lot more millets are used. There's a special variety of Biryani of Talangana, which has different ingredients than the traditionally spicy Andhra Biryani. Ginger, lentils and cumin are used extensively in Telangana food.

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