​Fuel your morning: Wholesome South Indian breakfast ideas for health

Feb 28, 2024

By: Ayush Mehrotra


Idli is a steamed rice cake made from fermented rice and black lentils (urad dal). It's light, easily digestible, and low in fat. Serve it with sambar (a spicy lentil soup) and coconut chutney for a complete meal.

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Dosa is a thin, crispy crepe made from fermented rice and lentil batter. It's usually served with sambar and coconut chutney. You can also fill dosas with various fillings like potatoes (masala dosa), cheese, or vegetables.

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Upma is a savory porridge made from semolina (cream of wheat) and seasoned with spices like mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chilies. It's quick to make and can be customized with vegetables like carrots, peas, and tomatoes.

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Poha, also known as flattened rice or aval, is a popular breakfast dish made by tempering flattened rice with mustard seeds, curry leaves, onions, and spices. It's light, nutritious, and often served with a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh cilantro.

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Adai is a thick pancake made from a batter of mixed lentils and rice. It's a protein-rich breakfast option and is typically served with avial (a mixed vegetable curry) or jaggery.

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Puttu is a steamed rice cake made from rice flour and coconut. It's often served with kadala curry (black chickpea curry) or bananas for a sweet variation.

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Appam is a soft and fluffy pancake made from fermented rice batter and coconut milk. It pairs well with vegetable stew or sweetened coconut milk.

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Ragi Dosa

Ragi (finger millet) dosa is a nutritious alternative to regular dosa. It's made from ragi flour and urad dal, offering a good dose of calcium and fiber.

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