Eating out in South India is a vivid experience that’ll make your mouth water just thinking about it. Restaurants here are of two types – the ones on every street corner are ‘tea shops’ that offer breakfast snacks and beverages, and the ‘hotels’ that offer full meals and other dishes. Street food is basically the same breakfast items you find in the tea shops and hotels, but a lot cheaper.
As for what’s on the menu, the one thing you just can’t escape from is rice. Breakfast and dinner is idli, dosa, pongal or any number of other delicious rice items, with a couple of chutneys and a curry like sambar to go with it, all washed down with filter coffee. The hotels usually serve lunch on a banana leaf, and the spread will blow your mind with variety and taste – a huge helping of rice is surrounded by two or more vegetables, a couple of curries and your choice of chutneys, buttermilk, pickles, and a sweet dessert to finish it off.
If you eat at home with your new South Indian friends, it won’t be so elaborate. The rice is still there, but it’s on a plate and you may get one vegetable with sambar and maybe another curry, with buttermilk at the end of the meal. You’ll notice there’s no mention here of meat or fish or roti, and that’s because you find that in separate non-veg hotels where they serve biryani rice, chicken curry, tandoori and all the famous Indian foods you may have heard of.
Have an authentic meal at a local families home. Experience the real food of India.
Enjoy a trip through the eyes of a local. Get the ultimate tour in India.
Everybody's good at something! Learn from India locals and their cultures.