South India, when you hear this term, the first thing that pops up in your mind is idli and dosa. That is partially correct because South India is not about only idlis, dosas or any other vegetarian delicacies, it is a lot more than that. In fact, according to a survey released by The Registrar General of India in 2014, most South Indian states are far ahead in terms of the number of non-vegetarians in comparison to the other regions of India. The Karimeen Fry of central Kerala to the offal dishes in and around Madurai to Coorg’s famous Pork Curry dominate the menus of restaurants here.
From Telangana to Andhra, Tamil Nadu to Kerala, we will take you through some South India’s ultimate mouth-watering meat cuisines:
1. The Offal and Mutton Cuisines in Tamil Nadu
Chennai might be Tamil Nadu’s capital but Madurai, a city in Tamil Nadu is considered as the centre for the famous cuisines. Mutton, especially offal dishes like Kola Urundai (mutton balls) is one of the rich culinary and ‘ melts in your mouth’ dish. Meat has always been a crucial part of South Indians’ diet and it is continued in modern diets.
2. Kongunadu Chicken
Coimbatore (a city in the heart of Kongunad region of Tamil Nadu) is one of the best places to taste delicious varieties of chicken dishes in South Indian style. The main thing that segregates South Indian culinary from other regions of India is the usage of ample spices and dried herbs that are used to give a special flavour to the dishes. Of course, you would have tasted several chicken dishes of many cities, different states but South India has something special and Pichu Potta Kozhi (shredded chicken) is considered as the special taste of city. This is cooked in typical Kongunad style with free-range chicken that makes this dish one of the delicious delicacies.
3. Kundapura Chicken
Udupi and The Dakshin Kannada are the towns of Karnataka that are best known for Masala Dosa and evening snacks (like the Mangalore bonda) but these towns also serve as one of the must-try dishes for the non-vegetarians. The Kundapura Chicken Curry is best paired with Neer Dosa or the flaky Kori Roti (made with rice flour).
4. The Fiery Guntur Style Kozhi Vepudu
Marinated chicken is freshly combined with the ground spices and fiery Guntur chillies in this iconic Chicken dish. This is one of the most popular cuisines across the Andhra. Telangana’s Chicken Curry made with generous quantities of curry leaves, pepper, and coconut is equally famous amongst the meat-lovers.
5. Hyderabad’s Biryani and Haleem
Hyderabad’s Mutton Biryani is not only famous in the South Indian states but is quite popular across India. Although there are some other biryanis in Tamil Nadu i.e. Kozhikode Chicken Biryani and the spicier Ambur and Dindigul versions, no other dish is as popular as Hyderabad’s Mutton Biryani and exquisite as Haleem are. This classic and ever-charming Biryani can be devoured at all times along with enjoying its delicious taste.