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Make Your South Indian Thali Healthier With These!

Make Your South Indian Thali Healthier With These!

South Indian food is very popular across the globe, it has scrumptious dishes like Dosa, Vada, Idli, Uttapam and Sambar. South Indian cuisine is mainly extracted from five South Indian states namely Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. These states offer a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that are traditionally and nutritionally significant. Chakra Pongal, Sambar and Vadai from Tamil Nadu, Kadala Curry, Appam from Kerala, Kebabs and Biryanis from Andhra Pradesh are some of the popular dishes from South India.

Here are some recipes of south Indian thali-


Dosa is listed as one of the top most ordered breakfast! Here is a healthy alternative to the usual Dosas with a mixture of two flours, especially for diabetes and weight loss, Ragi Dosa. It has good amounts of fibre, iron, calcium and other minerals. Majorly Ragi flour, rice flour and curd are used to prepare this dish.


Idli is a popular South Indian recipe that can be twisted in various ways. The nutritional value can be enhanced by using fresh vegetables. Usually, it is served with mint and coconut chutney. It is an easy, quick and delicious recipe that would be loved by kids and can be served as breakfast or even as an evening snack. A healthier variant can be prepared by adding oats to the batter. Oats idli can be prepared by adding 50% oats flour to the fermented dal rice batter.

Apple halwa

Halwa recipe is very common in India and can be made with various ingredients like fruits and vegetables. It is one of the common, healthy and nutritious dessert made especially during the festive seasons. This can be added in the thali as a dessert by roasting apple in a little ghee and garnishing with some saffron and nuts.


It is prepared by seasoned dough usually made from peeled black gram flour (urad flour), either fried or cooked with dry heat. Roasted urad dal papad is healthy and nutritious like rice papads. The spicy flavour can also be added.

Coconut chutney

South Indian thali is incomplete without coconut chutney. There are various combinations that can be created to upgrade the regular coconut chutney, some of them are mint coconut chutney, raw mango coconut chutney, red chilli coconut chutney etc. Cococunt pacifies Vata (air) and Pitta (fire), it also improves strength and immunity.

So upgrade your regular south Indian thali with these healthier options.

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