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Top 10 Easy & Healthy South Indian Breakfast Recipes

Marketing Team | November 27, 2020

From the tangy taste of sambar and rasam to sweet delicacies like Mysore pak and payasam, our south Indian breakfast recipes will mark blissful beginnings to your day. The south Indian cuisine encompasses the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh, and hence both geographical and cultural influences are deeply reflected in this cuisine.

The flavors of various mouth-watering south Indian dishes can be relished at any time of the day. We have enlisted some of the popular south Indian breakfast recipes made by our home chefs that are healthy and easy to make so that you can taste the goodness of authentic south Indian food in your abode. 

South Indian Breakfast Recipes You’ll Love

1. Simple and Savoury Upma

Light on your gut but heavily tasteful, Upma is among some healthy breakfast recipes which make for a perfect breakfast. Made with Rava also known as semolina, upma tastes best with coconut or peanut chutney. You can also serve pickles along with  Upma for an additional tasteful punch in your breakfast. 

If you are looking for some healthy and easy breakfast recipes to kick start your day, Upma could be one of your best bets! 

Time taken to cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients needed: 2 cups of sooji | ghee | mustard seeds | urad dal | curry leaves | hing | red chilies 

2. Masala Dosa


Dosas! Don’t we all love ‘em! Probably one of the most loved and popular south Indian breakfast recipes, these Indian rice pancakes are prepared from a specially fermented batter. A dosa or dosai for breakfast can serve you the goodness of lentils and rice to start your day with a burst of energy.

You can choose various fillings and vegetables for your dosa for added nutritional value. With this recipe, you can make the traditional Masala dosa easily on a non-stick pan.

Time taken to cook: 15-25 minutes with ready batter (batter takes 6-10 hours to ferment)

Ingredients needed: Urad dal | idli rice | regular rice |vegetables minced with spices for stuffing 

3. Mangalorean Idli

Manglorean Idli

Mangalorean idli is also called kodali or kadubu idli down south. If you want to add a twist to your regular idlis or bored of your regular breakfast, this one deserves to be on the list of easy vegetarian breakfast recipes. In south India, you can find vegetable vendors, selling special moulds to make Mangalorean idli. These moulds are made by weaning kedige leaves. Kedige is commonly known as “Screw Pine”.

These specially prepared idlis make for a very healthy breakfast and brunch as they are enriched with the nutrients from rice and urad dal. Follow our recipe for Mangalorean Idli to introduce your tastebuds to an authentic South Indian breakfast. 

Time taken to cook: 10-15 minutes with ready batter (batter prep can take 3-6 hours)

Ingredients needed: Idli rice | raw rice | whole urad dal | methi seeds | pepper and crushed jeera | fried cashew nuts (optional) | asafoetida | green chilies | grated ginger | curry leaves  

4. Idli Kanchipuram

Kancheepuram Idli

These idlis commonly use raw rice and are offered in temples as prasadam. Kanchipuram Idlis use fenugreek seeds, rice, and urad dal. Cashew nuts and authentic spices make this recipe perfect for breakfast. The batter for Idli Kanchipuram needs to be left for 24 hours so that it can work its magic for the best results.

This recipe requires meticulous preparation and the outcomes are worth it! This could be a great addition to your list of Indian vegetarian breakfast recipes that you can try at home without must hassle. 

Time taken to cook: 30-40 minutes 

Ingredients needed: Raw rice | idli rice | urad dal | yogurt | mustard seeds | jeera | curry leaves | dry ginger powder | cashew nuts (optional) 

5. Tomato Rasam Vada

Rasam Vada

Start your morning by dunking delicious vadas in freshly prepared tangy rasam. One of the healthy breakfast recipes, tomato rasam vada adds protein, carbs, and healthy fats to your breakfast.

The carbs and proteins in it keep you full for a long time. You can serve vadas with a traditional south Indian recipe of tangy tomato rasam. 

Time taken to cook: 40 minutes – 1 hour

Ingredients needed: Soaked urad dal | tuvar dal | tomatoes | garlic cloves | cumin seeds | peppercorns | curry leaves | chopped coriander leaves 

6. Amla Uthappam


With this recipe, you can enrich your daily breakfast with essentials like carbohydrates and vitamin C. This isn’t only one of the easy breakfast recipes you can try, but also a unique one. Amla Uthappams are soft pancakes that can be enriched with the goodness of vegetables of your choice.

Uthappams are tender cousins of dosa as they can be easily prepared by your dosa batter! Follow this recipe and serve amla uthappams with coconut chutney for the best flavors and tastes. 

Time taken to cook: 25 minutes

Ingredients needed: Dosa batter | amla | curry masala powder | onions | diced green chilies 

7. Idiyappam

Idiyappam And Curry In Green Leaf Plate

Idiyappam or string hopper is a dish made of rice noodles. It may not be among some easy vegetarian breakfast recipes, but the effort and time invested in it are worth it! Idiyappam finds its origins in the state of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

This recipe is well known in Sri Lanka, too! String hopper is great comfort food. In this recipe, these noodles are prepared with ragi flour and rice flour.

This recipe is best served with a special coconut-based beverage. The coconut milk is flavored with palm sugar and cardamom. This traditional recipe will surely land you in the heavenly abode of the south Indian cuisine. 

Time taken to cook: 1 hour

Ingredients needed: Ragi | rice flour for string hoppers | coconuts milk | green beans | peas | carrots | cardamom | green chilies | ginger.  

8. Pal Payasam

Pal Pyasam

This south Indian dessert can be consumed during breakfast and dinner too. This recipe can be easily cooked in a pressure cooker. Pal payasam is a major occasional sweet dish in south Indian households.

During weddings and festive occasions like Onam, people prepare this dish and have sadya meals. Pal payasam traditionally involves a lot of stirring to bring about its flavor. Follow our easy recipe to enjoy this delicacy for breakfast. 

Time taken to cook: 1 hour

Ingredients needed: Milk | sugar | rice

South Indian Breakfast Beverages

9. South Indian Filter Coffee

Filter Coffee or south indian filter kapi

While this may not be technically the right thing to add to the list of south Indian breakfast recipes, but no south Indian breakfast is complete without this hot beverage.

South India is famous for its rich coffee grounds all over the world. Local shops in Chennai ground fresh coffee beans for local plantations and serve freshly brothy filter coffee.

Filter coffee can be easily made at home in under 10 minutes. The fresh aroma of this hot beverage is perfect to wake you up on lazy winter mornings. 

Time taken to cook- 10 minutes

Ingredients- Half a cup of ground coffee | water | milk | sugar to sweeten your coffee 

10. Neer Mor or Sambaram


Neer Mor or spiced buttermilk is a perfect and popular drink in south India to quench your thirst in sweltering summers. In southern states like Kerala, people rely on natural drinks to keep themselves hydrated and revitalized in the summer months. 

This recipe for south Indian spiced buttermilk can be prepared at your homes in very little time! Locals know this spiced beverage as “Sambaram”.

Follow our recipe to relish your meals with the goodness of this aromatic buttermilk! 

Time taken to cook: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients needed: Fresh yogurt | salt | black or white pepper | sugar | coriander leaves | mint leaves | curry leaves | ginger | chili paste 

These south Indian breakfast recipes will fuel your mornings with exotic and tempting flavors. You can also add your twists to these recipes by adding spices and vegetables available in your region. Better Butter hopes that these recipes will find spaces on your breakfast tables and fulfill you and your family. 


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