7 Healthy South Indian Breakfast Recipes

7 Healthy South Indian Breakfast Recipes

The South Indian breakfast is a diverse and delicious meal. It’s usually eaten as a heavy breakfast or light dinner, depending on the occasion. The main ingredient in many of these recipes is rice which makes them very filling while also being healthy and delicious!


Idli is ferment rice and lentil dumplings famous in South Indian cuisine. You can make it with steaming a batter of ground rice and black gram dal. Idli is a popular breakfast dish in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

According to Wikipedia, Idli originated from the southern region of India (Karnataka), but many other parts of India have also adopted it. The word “idle” means wet dough balls; you can make it with the wet mixture of rice flour, urad dal flour and salt. Later ferment them overnight before steaming into fluffy puffs or cakes.

Kuzhi Paniyaram

Kuzhi paniyaram is a popular South Indian breakfast dish and you have to make it from rice flour. It is delicious, healthy and filling. Kuzhi paniyaram is very easy to make and cooking is done in a pressure cooker or microwave oven.

Rice Adai

Rice adai is a popular breakfast item in Tamil Nadu. You can make it with rice and lentils and is usually eaten with chutney or sambar. It’s straightforward to make and can be eaten as a snack or meal.

Aval Upma

Upma is a classic South Indian breakfast dish with semolina and vegetables. They are classic and very popular in India. You can add sambar powder, which gives it a tangy flavour and comforting texture. The dish is usually served with coconut chutney and buttermilk.

Vazhaipoo Vadai

Vazhaipoo vadai, a popular breakfast recipe in South India, is a deep-fried snack made from lentil flour. Popularly called Vazhaipoo paniyaram and is healthy enough and best breakfast option.

Rava Dosa

Rava Dosa is a crispy and delicious South Indian breakfast dish made from semolina. It is a popular dish in Karnataka and you can prepare easily at home. Rava dosas are usually goes best with coconut chutney, but they also go great with other toppings like sambhar or stage.

Banana Puri/ Rava Puri

This is a type of Indian breakfast dish make it with Rava, also called semolina. The banana puri is also good choice with bananas and jaggery. You can also add some grated coconut to the batter to make it healthier or add nuts for some crunchiness. These are great as they taste very similar to white bread but have fewer calories and are gluten-free!

These breakfast recipes are healthy and delicious!

These breakfast recipes are healthy and delicious! However, they’re easy to make, quick to make, versatile, and they can be best with different ingredients. How’s that for a win-win?


I hope that you enjoy these breakfast recipes and make them at home! If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments below.

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