Top 20 South Indian Tiffins

Top 20 South Indian Tiffins

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In India, we have a unique name for breakfast called as Tiffins. We all love tiffins, especially from the southern part of India. There are many famous dishes from Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil- Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. People rush into tiffin centers, even at midnight. Nowadays tiffin centers are making a lot of money by providing unique varieties of dishes. So let’s have a look at the top 20 tiffins from the south.

1 Dosa

Dosa is the popular tiffin from south India. The main ingredients of dosa are urad dal and rice. There are different kinds of dosas prepared such as Masala Dosa, Paneer Dosa, Butter Dosa and many more. The most liked one is the masala dosa. It is stuffed with mashed potato  and served with Sāmbhar and chutney. The big dosa also called as ‘70MM Dosa’ can be shared with others.


2. Idly

Idly is considered as healthy tiffin because it does not contain oil. Idly is prepared with a batter consisting of Rava and Urad Dal. Idly is served with chutney and sambhar. The different varieties of idly are Button idly, Sambhar idly, Rava idly and Ragi idly. Idly podi, a spicy powder, when accompanied with idly, makes it tastier.  Idly is healthy as it provides Iron.


3 Vada

Vada is a fried and crunchy tiffin. The main ingredients of Vada are Lentils, Chili, Onions, Curry leaves. It is accompanied with chutney and sambhar. It looks like a donut with a small hole at the Centre. The different kinds of Vada served across the country are Dahi Vada, Sambhar Vada and Masala Vada.


4. Mysore Bonda

Bonda is a round shaped fried snack .It is crunchy outside and soft from inside. It is prepared with flour, yogurt, and baking soda. Bonda is served with chutney. We can have bonda with tomato ketchup too.


5. Upma

Upma is the easiest dish to prepare. The main ingredient of Upma is Wheat Rava. We can add extra ingredients depending upon our choice. Upma is also called as Uppuma, Uppittu, and Uppini across various places.


6. Poori

Poori is circular shaped stuff that is deep fried in oil. It is prepared with Wheat flour or Maida flour. Poori can be served with kurma, chutney, pickle, halwa or kheer. Poori is the most common item at the restaurants and events.


7. Uthappam

Uthappam is the famous Tiffin of Tamil Nadu. It looks like dosa, but it is not crispy. It is soft, thick and has different toppings on it. The ingredients included are rice flour and urad dal. It is served hot with chutney or pickle.


8. Pesarattu

Pesarattu is similar to  dosa and is famous in Andhra Pradesh. The main ingredient of Pesarratu is green gram. It is tasty when served with tamarind chutney. We can add chopped onions and chilies to it.The other names for Pesarattu are Pesara Dosa and Pesara Attu.


9. Appam

Appam is the famous breakfast item of Kerala. It is prepared with fermented rice batter and coconut milk. The different kinds of Appam are Plain appam, Palappam, and Kallappam. Appam is also served at dinner time.


10 Semiya Upma

Semiya upma is similar to south Indian Pasta. The main ingredient is vermicelli. Vermicelli can also be prepared by hand, or you can directly buy from the stores. To make this dish tastier, we can add chopped vegetables like onions, tomatoes, and carrots. Garam masala can also be added if you prefer a spicy dish.


11. Puttu

Puttu is a  steamed rice cylinder enrobed with coconut. It is the famous dish of Kerala and other regions of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.You can have puttu with any curry.


 12 Rava Dosa

Rava Dosa is a kind of dosa with Rava as its main ingredient. This dosa is crispy when compared to normal dosa. Rava dosa can be highlighted with chopped onions and curry leaves. It is served with chutney and pickle.


13. Punugulu

Punugulu is the famous dish of Andhra. Punugulu is made from dosa batter. The other ingredients include chopped onions, coriander leaves, and green chilies. They are fried in the oil. It is served with chutney and pickle.


14. Chapathi

Chapathi is the most common breakfast across the country. It is prepared with wheat flour. There are other variations in chapathi such as phulka, paratha, roti and many more. Chapathi is served with curry, curd, sugar, jam, etc. Chapathi is healthy as it provides proteins and fiber.



Pongal is the tiffin common in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. It is prepared using rice, Moong daal, and pepper. Nuts can be used to improve taste. This dish is served with chutney or sambhar.


16. Aloo Bonda

Aloo Bonda consists of Maida flour. It is a commonly served dish in South India. It is stuffed with potato curry and is fried in the oil deeply. It is served with chutney or sauce. It is available at most of the tiffin centers.


17. Tomato Baath

Tomato Bath is famous in the Karnataka Region. The main ingredients are rice and Tomatoes. We can add other vegetables such as carrot, beans, potato, peas, etc. Tomato Bath is served with yogurt or curd.


18 Bisi Bele Baath

Bisi Bele Bath is the famous rice basedcdish of Karnataka. It is available at all tiffin centers. Bisi Bele Bath is prepared with rice and dal by adding spices. It is served hot with ghee.


19. Pulihora

Pulihora is the famous rice dish across South India. It can be prepared either with tamarind or lemon. Turmeric is added to the rice which makes it look attractive. This rice dish is served in all tiffin centers and temples. Pulihora is also called as lemon rice or Tamarind rice.


20. Daddojanam

Daddojanam is the traditional curd rice. It is famous across South India. It involves a simple process. The curd rice is seasoned with chopped green chilies, mustard seeds, chopped curry leaves and other spices. This rice is served across all tiffin centers. It is mainly prepared for festival days.