These 12 Non-Veg Dishes Prove That South Indian Food Is Much More Than Idli & Dosa! | HolidayIQ Blog

These 12 Non-Veg Dishes Prove That South Indian Food Is Much More Than Idli & Dosa!
South Indian cuisine is more than idlis & dosa. South India has some spicy non-vegetarian delicacies too. HolidayIQ Travellers list their favourite ones.

These 12 Non-Veg Dishes Prove That South Indian Food Is Much More Than Idli & Dosa!:

  1. Kerala
  2. Tamil Nadu
  3. Coastal Malabar (Kerala)
  4. Courtallam (Tamil Nadu)
  5. Mangalore (Karnataka)
  6. Coorg (Karnataka)
  7. Hyderabad (Telangana)
  8. Andhra Pradesh

1. Fish Molee From Kerala

Fish Molee From Keralasource:

Fish molly cooked in kerala style is a yummy dish that goes well with appam, chappatis and bread. Fish pieces are marinated in a chilly mixture and deep fried. "Alleppey in Kerala must be the Capital of Heaven. It was such an awesome place to visit and such amazing scenery with green fields all around and huge coconut trees. The food, especially savouries like Pazham Pori ( Banana Fritters ), Chakka Varuthathu ( Jackfruit Chips ), Fish molee ( Seer Fish Fry ) were awesome to taste. Please try to taste the dishes made from coconut oil and especially, the traditional Kerala Hand Pound Rice with Sambar."

2. The Special Chicken Chettinad

The Special Chicken Chettinadsource:

A famous dish from Tamil Nadu, Chicken Chettinad is special for its unique way of cooking. A variety of marinated spices are applied as a paste on the chicken which is then cooked until it is tender and super juicyHolidayIQ Traveller Harihara says, “The best part was the food it’s very tasty and be it the breads or the humble Dhal, the taste was authentic and homely. They strive to make the foodie's experience good. Their Biryanis were tasty and spiced just right not taking away the aroma and the blending it for the right taste. The meat succulent and easy on the jaws and the Chicken Chettinad was very well balanced. The pepper and masala just well married to the chicken giving it a very wholesome spicy taste. The Urulai roast did justice to the little roasted potatoes, sinfully good never thought that term fitted a potato.”

3. Kerala’s Karimeen Fry

Kerala’s Karimeen Frysource:

Karimeen or the Pearl Spotted Fish is another delicacy from Kerala. The fish is marinated in spices and fried on a low flame until it achieves a deep red hue. HolidayIQ Traveller A d Kurien says, “The food was excellent and we enjoyed the local fish karimeen pollichathu.”

4. Payyoli Chicken Fry

Payyoli Chicken Frysource:

This spicy and yummy chicken fry is quite popular in payyoli,a place situated in the North Malabar coast of Kerala. This dish is a signature dish of Salkara restaurant in Kerala. This chicken fry is prepared without adding garlic.


5. Squid Fry

Squid Frysource:

Seafood in Kerala is second to none and Squid Fry is no different. Cut into rings, the squid is marinated and fried on medium flame until it is golden brown. The masala-coated rings have a tangy taste in the mouth! “The colorful fishes, turtles, squids and jellyfishes won't let you get bored. The view is relaxing, even on a hot summer afternoon,” says HolidayIQ Traveller Sushma Biswas.

6. Chicken Salna, Tamil Nadu

Chicken Salna, Tamil Nadusource:

Chicken salna is a bright coloured chicken curry. It is a awesome side dish for parota, chapati, naan and bread. HolidayIQ Traveller Prem Kumar from Bangalore shares,  “Courtallam is the best place for non-veg and a good place for vegetarians i would say. You get authentic porota and chicken. The taste is unique and I haven't had such a tasty and spicy porota and kuruma(they call salna) in my life time.”

7. Mangloreans Favourite Kori Gassi

Mangloreans Favourite Kori Gassisource:

Kori Gassi is a Mangalorean delicacy which means chicken curry in Tulu. It's a must have dish if you go to Mangalore. Usually it’s served with Neer Dosa or Pundi( Rice balls).

8. Coorg Pandi Curry

Coorg Pandi Currysource:

Cooked in freshly made masala paste, the meat is boiled in medium flame. Timing is absolutely essential in this recipe as there is a point where the meat is just right. If pork is your thing, then this will blow your mind. HolidayIQ Traveller Karthika Vijay says, “If you love pork, be prepared to taste some well prepared pork in the most traditional way.”


9. Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani

Hyderabadi Chicken Biryanisource:

HolidayIQ Traveller Prasad Polamara says, “One hasn't truly been in Hyderabad until he has tried Hyderabadi biryani.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Madhavi, “The Hyderabadi dum biryani and haleem are a must-have. Try biryani at the famous Paradise Biryani outlets. Paradise is a heritage restaurant located close to the airport and serves up the best biryani in the world!”

10. A Mangalorean Speciality, Rava Kane Fish

A Mangalorean Speciality, Rava Kane Fishsource:

Relish the taste of this authentic fish curry all the way from Karnataka. Lady fish marinated in fiery red chilli paste, coated in semolina and fried to a golden glory. HolidayIQ Traveller shares, “The best place to stay and explore the ancient villlage of basrur. A place steeped in history.  Amazing local food like neer dosa, kori roti, kane fish fry, shell fish etc.”

11. Andhra’s Chepala Iguru

Andhra’s Chepala Igurusource:

A lip-smacking Andhra delicacy, Spicy Masala fish curry or Chepala Iguru is a luscious fish curry redolent with freshly ground spices and herbs. HolidayIQ Traveller Sivaji Kethu shares, “I ordered for food. It was yummy especially the chepala Iguru.”

12. Bommidayila Pulusu From Andhra Pradesh

Bommidayila Pulusu From Andhra Pradeshsource:

Bommidayila Pulusu is a traditional Andhra fish curry. Andhra cuisine is known to be cooked with a generous amount of spices and aromatics. Preparation is neither time consuming nor difficult but if you can get the spices right, you can whip up a classic!


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