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10 Yummy South Indian Dishes You Should Try

10 Yummy South Indian Dishes You Should Try

The different regions of India offer their own specialty food dishes. In South India, breakfast items are very popular and some eat it as lunch, dinner, or even as a snack.

Below are ten South Indian dishes to try if you have the chance to come upon a South Indian restaurant. You won’t regret it!

1. Dosa

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    A popular and tasty breakfast item, dosas are similar to crepes, but dosas are thinner and crispier. Made with fermented rice and lentils, dosas are generally made large and can take up a whole plate!

    Small pieces of the dosa are broken from the big piece and paired with chutney before eating. There are different types of dosas, but most dosas are filled with potato stuffings in the middle on the inside.

    Some even enjoy the dosas without stuffings! Check out the different types of dosas here.

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    2. Thali

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      What is special about thali is that it is a variety of dishes on one plate. It is like a buffet set on one tray! A South Indian inspired thali would have multiple South Indian dishes on the plate. It is the best way to try a variety of South Indian specialties.

      A thali plate generally consist of rice, veggie dishes, curry dishes, and curd (yogurt). If you would like to check out how to properly eat a thali, check it out here.

      3. Vada and Sambar

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        Vada is a lentil made, fritter snack that looks like a small brown donut.  Sambar is soup that is made with tamarind and a variety of spices and vegetables. The usual way of eating is putting the vada in the sambar, letting it soak up the broth. Others like to dip it with chutney. Two or three vadas usually come on a plate.

        4. Idli

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          Idli is a small, white, spongy cake made out of lentils and rice. It is usually served with sambar, chutney, and or ghee. It is another popular breakfast item in India. Many people enjoy it as a snack.

          5. Briyani

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            Briyani is a specially prepared rice dish with different layers that are mixed together with different seasonings, vegetables, and or meats.

            It can be offered with vegetables, chicken, beef, lamb, or even seafood. Raita, a type of yogurt dressing is often given to pair with the briyani.

            There are more than 40 versions of briyani in South India, so check out the different types of briyanis in India here.

            6. Uttapam

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              Uttapam is a type of flatten pancake made with rice and lentils batter and mixed with vegetables. It is similar to dosa but it is usually thicker and smaller than dosa. Uttapam can also be served with sambar or chutney.

              7. Upma

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                Upma is rice porridge that is mixed with chili and onions and generally served hot. It is another popular breakfast item in South India.

                8. Indian Filtered Coffee

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                  South Indian style coffee is made using a coffee filter and then sugar and hot, boiled milk is added to it. The mixing of the coffee with milk and sugar between the stainless steel tumbler and bowl forms a froth at the top. If you would like to make your own South Indian brew, check it out here or video, here.

                  Check out the proper way to drink coffee like a South Indian here.

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                  9. Rasam

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                    Rasam is another soup based on juices from tamarind, tomato, cumin, pepper, and other spices. The taste can be distinct, with spicy, sweet and sour mixed together, but it is very good for health.

                    10. Chicken 65

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                      Chicken 65 is a dish with different legends as to how it got its name. A general story says the dish was the 65th dish on the menu, and as the dish became popular, it just kept the name.

                      Whatever it is, this fried chicken mixed with spicy flavoring deserves a spot on this list for famous South Indian dishes to try. After one try, you won’t be able to forget it!

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                      Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                      10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

                      10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

                      When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, or the directions on your instant oatmeal packet?

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                      If you’re one of countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits, and just a few benefits of reading are listed below:

                      1. Mental Stimulation

                      Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia,[1] since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power.

                      Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, so the phrase “use it or lose it” is particularly apt when it comes to your mind. Doing puzzles and playing games such as chess have also been found to be helpful with cognitive stimulation.[2]

                      2. Stress Reduction

                      No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.

                      3. Knowledge

                        Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.

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                        Additionally, here’s a bit of food for thought: should you ever find yourself in dire circumstances, remember that although you might lose everything else—your job, your possessions, your money, even your health—knowledge can never be taken from you.

                        4. Vocabulary Expansion

                        This goes with the above topic:

                        The more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary.

                        Being articulate and well-spoken is of great help in any profession, and knowing that you can speak to higher-ups with self-confidence can be an enormous boost to your self-esteem. It could even aid in your career, as those who are well-read, well-spoken, and knowledgeable on a variety of topics tend to get promotions more quickly (and more often) than those with smaller vocabularies and lack of awareness of literature, scientific breakthroughs, and global events.

                        Reading books is also vital for learning new languages, as non-native speakers gain exposure to words used in context, which will ameliorate their own speaking and writing fluency.

                        5. Memory Improvement

                          When you read a book, you have to remember an assortment of characters, their backgrounds, ambitions, history, and nuances, as well as the various arcs and sub-plots that weave their way through every story. That’s a fair bit to remember, but brains are marvellous things and can remember these things with relative ease.

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                          Amazingly enough, every new memory you create forges new synapses (brain pathways)[3] and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short-term memory recall as well as stabilizing moods.[4] How cool is that?

                          6. Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills

                          Have you ever read an amazing mystery novel, and solved the mystery yourself before finishing the book? If so, you were able to put critical and analytical thinking to work by taking note of all the details provided and sorting them out to determine “whodunnit”.

                          That same ability to analyze details also comes in handy when it comes to critiquing the plot; determining whether it was a well-written piece, if the characters were properly developed, if the storyline ran smoothly, etc.

                          Should you ever have an opportunity to discuss the book with others, you’ll be able to state your opinions clearly, as you’ve taken the time to really consider all the aspects involved.

                          7. Improved Focus and Concentration

                            In our internet-crazed world, attention is drawn in a million different directions at once as we multi-task through every day.

                            In a single 5-minute span, the average person will divide their time between working on a task, checking email, chatting with a couple of people (via gchat, skype, etc.), keeping an eye on twitter, monitoring their smartphone, and interacting with co-workers. This type of ADD-like behaviour causes stress levels to rise, and lowers our productivity.

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                            When you read a book, all of your attention is focused on the story—the rest of the world just falls away, and you can immerse yourself in every fine detail you’re absorbing.

                            Try reading for 15-20 minutes before work (i.e. on your morning commute, if you take public transit), and you’ll be surprised at how much more focused you are once you get to the office.

                            8. Better Writing Skills

                            This goes hand-in-hand with the expansion of your vocabulary:

                            Exposure to published, well-written work has a noted effect on one’s own writing, as observing the cadence, fluidity, and writing styles of other authors will invariably influence your own work.

                            In the same way that musicians influence one another and painters use techniques established by previous masters, so do writers learn how to craft prose by reading the works of others.

                            9. Tranquility

                              In addition to the relaxation that accompanies reading a good book, it’s possible that the subject you read about can bring about immense inner peace and tranquility.

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                              Reading spiritual texts can lower blood pressure and bring about an immense sense of calm, while reading self-help books has been shown to help people suffering from certain mood disorders and mild mental illnesses.[5]

                              10. Free Entertainment

                              Though many of us like to buy books so we can annotate them and dog-ear pages for future reference, they can be quite pricey.

                              For low-budget entertainment, you can visit your local library and bask in the glory of the countless tomes available there for free. Libraries have books on every subject imaginable, and since they rotate their stock and constantly get new books, you’ll never run out of reading materials.

                              If you happen to live in an area that doesn’t have a local library, or if you’re mobility-impaired and can’t get to one easily, most libraries have their books available in PDF or ePub format so you can read them on your e-reader, iPad, or your computer screen.

                              There are also many sources online where you can download free e-books, so go hunting for something new to read!

                              There’s a reading genre for every literate person on the planet, and whether your tastes lie in classical literature, poetry, fashion magazines, biographies, religious texts, young adult books, self-help guides, street lit, or romance novels, there’s something out there to capture your curiosity and imagination.

                              Step away from your computer for a little while, crack open a book, and replenish your soul for a little while.

                              And if you need some ideas about what to read next, here they are:

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