13 Best South Indian Breakfast Recipes | Easy South Indian Breakfast Recipes

Best South Indian Breakfast Recipes: Find here list of best South Indian Breakfast Recipes like buttermilk sambar, appam-rice and coconut pancake, medu vada, ven pongal, uttapam & many more with key ingredients and how to make process.

Aashna Ahuja, NDTV  |  Updated: October 26, 2020 15:35 IST

13 Best South Indian Breakfast Recipes | Easy South Indian Breakfast Recipes

South Indian breakfast recipes you can try at home.

  • From kids to adults, the South Indian breakfast is an all time favourite
  • Start your day with steamed idlis spruced up with coconut chutney
  • Nothing beats waking up to the aroma of crackling curry leaves

South Indian Recipes- “All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast”, and since nothing screams morning glory quite like some crispy vadas and butter-y dosas - we've compiled our 10 best South Indian breakfast recipes just for you.From kids to adults, the South Indian breakfast is an all-time favourite ranging from the humble upma to Kerala's popular appam served with a delicious vegetable stew. Let's face it, nothing beats waking up to the aroma of crackling curry leaves and the sound of sputtering mustard seeds. And since we can't decide whether we love the cuisine from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu or Telangana more, we bring all of South India to you.

You can happily kick start your day with some steamed idlis spruced up with coconut chutney and a bowl of piping hot sambar - simple, healthy and timeless. Indeed, there are infinite ways to transform your mundane mornings the South Indian way, but we've listed our top 13 best South Indian breakfast recipes which will never fail to impress. They are comforting, loaded and wholesome. If you're racing against time and can't have a leisurely breakfast you can always recreate the classics in the comfort of your home and pack them for work. They're that easy! If you're looking for something simple and speedy, delicious and nutritious - these dishes are just the ticket for you.

Here are our 13 sensational South Indian breakfast recipes that play up the South like never before. Now, stop drooling, start cooking. And take your senses for a gastronomical joy ride.


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1. Onion Rava Dosa

Crispy, deep-fried and divine, this rava-style dosa made with onions is too good to be true. Soon to be your new favourite, you can even add some green chillies for that extra zing.

(Also read: 7 Side Dishes for Dosa)

6s1l1u5oBest south Indian breakfast recipes: A crisp dosa made with rava an topped with a onion-green chilly mixture.

2. Buttermilk Sambar

A recipe that's sure to draw recipe requests. This buttermilk based sambar imparts a tangy flavour, and tastes even better if topoed off with a tantalizing tadka.

6f9qnkrgBest south Indian breakfast recipes: Lady finger and brinjal cooked in a sambar paste and buttermilk base. 

3. Appam: Rice and Coconut Pancake

A handful of ingredients is all you need to create these magical, fluffy appams! With a soft and thick center and a paper thin exterior, you can lap up any curry with these lovely appams.

(Also read: 10 Best South Indian Rice Recipes)

mdvmmk0gBest south Indian breakfast recipes: popular Kerela breakfast dish, also known as Palappam.

4. Medu Vada

Crispy and sinful, this urad dal based snack is a favourite of many and who can blame them? Spruce it up with some coconut chutney and serve piping hot.

l0n7h5lgBest south Indian breakfast recipes: Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, Medu Vada is a South Indian dish.

5. Ven Pongal

Rice and lentils, cooked and tempered with cumin and a dollop of ghee give birth to this traditional South Indian breakfast. We promise, it's simply delicious and pairs beautifully with tangy sambhar and coconut chutney. 

mav4todBest south Indian breakfast recipes: Ven Pongal is a common naivedyam food that is offered to Goddess Durga.

6. Uttapam

Light and scrummy, uttapam is a dosa-like preparation made with a mixture of rice, dhuli urad dal and fenugreek seeds. Once you try it, you're sure to ask for seconds!

3ri057v8Best south Indian breakfast recipes: A traditional delicacy from down South which literally means 'poured appam' in Tamil.

7. Rawa Upma

Savoured all over the Indian subcontinent and not just the South, top off this delicious breakfast dish with some grated coconut and greens.

esj5hgvgBest south Indian breakfast recipes: Rava is also called as Suji in Hindi and cream of wheat in English.

8. Puttu

Coconut-y and delectable, this steamed rice cake is extremely popular in Kerala and can be relished with Kadala curry, egg curry and even ripe bananas. All you need is 20 minutes to whip up this instant hit!

10 Best South Indian Breakfast RecipesA simple recipe of steamed rice cake cooked with coconut shavings. Image credits: iStock.

9. Kerala Vegetable Stew

Fuss-free and easy, this vegetable stew made with carrots, potatoes, cauliflower and French beans is brimming with flavour. Spice with cinnamon and a handful of curry leaves.

odir5iesA simple vegetable stew cooked with the goodness and flavor of coconut milk.

10. Oats Idli

A healthy approach for those who are calorie conscious, these idlis stuffed with oats and grated carrots are just yum! Who says food can't be nutritious and scrumptious at the same? 

6mh14tm8Low on carbs and healthy idlis made with oats and grated carrots.

11. Ragi Dosa Recipe

Dosa is a comfort food and loved by most individuals. This one here is a healthy alternative to the usual dosas with a combination of two flours, including ragi and rice flour. This low-glycaemic index food help control blood sugar levels.
Pair this ragi dosa with sambar and coconut chutney.

12. Oats Uttapam Recipe

This delicious and healthy twist to uttapam is what you need right in the morning. This south Indian breakfast recipe is sure to make your day. All you need is oats, semolina, yogurt, hing, tomato, cumin seeds, et al to make a filling and yummy oats uttapam. 

A delicious uttapam recipe packed with the goodness of oats. Image credits: iStock.

13. Pesarattu (Green Gram Dosa) Recipe

Pesarattu is a dosa like preparation native to Andhra Pradesh. It is made with green gram and eaten as a snack or breakfast meal. Enjoy pesarattu with coconut chutney


We are sure that waking up to these delectable South Indian dishes will make your mornings all the more better. Let us know which one tops your list as a favourite breakfast option.

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