Is South Indian Food Good?

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#16 Dec 11th, 2008, 20:05
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Thanks :-) Its just that I have never come across it, and was wondering whether it was something people only ate in restaurants.. Apparently not :-)
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that's like asking if any type of food is good....

what's "good"?
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Originally Posted by sannna View Post Maybe this is a stupid question but do people actually eat dosa at home in the south?
I eat it daily or atleast most of the days and I HATE it
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Is it your penance, then, to eat dosa?
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LOVE South Indian food - potato bonda, sambar/idli, rava masala dosa, pongal, upma, rasam/vada, avial, tamarind rice, curd rice, lemon rice, etc etc etc. We eat S Indian increasingly more often and there are now enough S Indian restaurants here that regional differences are becoming apparent. I once dined with a tibetan monk who ate only a huge bowl of coconut chutney and now I know why.
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I hate coconut chutney!



Seriously; if we eat together I'll give you mine
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I refuse to eat dosa without coconut chutney! I don't like sour type though. I love sweet, creamy and fluffy type
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South Indian food is amazing when prepared skillfully and,what was that word?...oh, "Glop" when it's not. I love how a well prepared chutney or sambar can totally make "sand" a taste sensation. I love the economy - how such a handful of ingredients can make so many unique dishes. I love parotta, and buttura, and biriyani and cringe with the pain of loneliness for those dishes when I'm away. I adore appam and dosa with coconut chutney for breakfast.

That said, I've been eating Kerala food for 5 months straight now and would give up my bedroom A/C for a week for a Papa Murphy's Pizza, an SBC Mocha, a cup of Ben & Jerry's Half-baked or Cherry Garcia, or a REAL cheese-burger just about now.
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I was thinking of Pappa John's Pizza myself and an ice cold Dr. Pepper or Root Beer!
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I like south Indian food, but I can't stand Idli. Might as well eat cardboard. My colleagues in Hyderabad call it "old people food". I much prefer vada or uttapam
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Let me add a few more items into the mix .. Mostly from the Kerala kitchen..

1. Appam + Potato Stew or Appam + Mutton/Chicken/Meat stew
2. Appam + Egg dish ( there are many variants here )
3. Idiappam + Veg/meat curry
4. Upma - dont laugh. Very few people know how to make a good Upma. If made well, it can be awesome.
5. Pathiri - this is typical Kerala Muslim fare. this is phenomenal with meat curries.
6. Kappa + fish curry or chilly chutney or meat curry - Awesome! hit some toddy shop for authentic stuff. ( Kappa = tapioca = cassava? )
7. Puttu - most people have a love-hate relationship with Puttu. Not my favourite either, but it has a phenomenal capacity to fill a stomach quickly. goes well with veg ( kadala curry ) or chicken.

Some other dishes from the kerala school:

1. Avial. multiple vegetables + curd
2. Olan - bland for a change, pulses + cucumber etc

Just my 2 cents... to add some additional flavour to the idli-dosa discussion
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Oh by the way, Nick, I can literally drink good coconut chutney - its never enough! the problem is that most restaurants serve awful coconut chutney.
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Originally Posted by Bigzero View Post 4. Upma - dont laugh. Very few people know how to make a good Upma. If made well, it can be awesome.
Good call! I love both Upma and Pooha for breakfast. I think pooha is south indian but wouldn't be shocked to find out otherwise...You can get some really awsome Upma in Indore (of all places ), a bit spicier then I usually eat but damn good.
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6. Kappa + fish curry or chilly chutney or meat curry - Awesome! hit some toddy shop for authentic stuff. ( Kappa = tapioca = cassava? )
Tapioca is the stuff that English schoolchildren call frogspawn!

Cassava is the starchy root, yes? Actually I like it with loads of butter and a little of that red-brown 'idly powder' sprinkled on it. See: I do like a trace of chilly sometimes! Very filling. In fact I'm told it fills up a lot of poor stomachs in Kerala.

Coconut chutney? I'm just not fond of coconut!
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I would say... what Indian food isn't good?! I love it all, especially idli and sambar in the south!
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