Mostly the mention of “South Indian food “ makes us think of yummy dosas, idlis, sambhar, coconut chutneys ,hot hot vadas and lip smacking appams. Needless to say the delicious south Indian food has broken the boundaries and has become a delicious part of our lives .But it’s really surprising that a lot of people know very less about the savory sweet dishes of South. There are several marvelous southern creations that can leave any one with a sweet tooth hooked on for life.Lets find out today about some of these rich delicacies.
The word Payasam is derived from peeyusham which itself means nectar.This traditional sweet is made from jaggery and coconut milk.You can add carrots, pineapples and even mangoes to this delicacy and create variations . It’s a must have in all the auspicious occasions in South.
The Royal sweet is considered to be the king of sweets in South.Made from a generous amount of ghee,sugar,gram flour and cardamon ,this mithai is hard to resist.
The filling of this Mithai is made from Bengal gram,jaggery or sugar ,Coconut and cardamon powder .This mixture is rolled into balls and then dipped in a batter of black gram dal and rice and deep fried till they are golden brown.These deep fried sweet balls are synonymous of joys and festivities.
Made from rice flour with a filling of grated coconut and jaggery ,these sweet dumpling are very similar to modaks which are very popular in other parts of India.You can add more taste and crunchiness to it by adding dry fruits.
Paniyaram or Sweet Idli
Have leftover idli batter ? We can tell u exactly what to do with it .Sweeten the batter with some jaggery, grated coconut and cardamon.Steam them exactly like idlis. The super scrumptious and fluffy dessert is ready.
Maa Ladoo or Maladu
Made from using roasted gram dal or chutney dal ,sugar, elaichi, ghee and dry fruits, these ladoos can make you forget the besan ka ladoos. These treats originated from Tirunelveli does not only melt in the mouth but is nutritious too.
Also known as the Karollappam ,these small balls are made from rice ,jaggery ,bananas ,roasted sesame seeds , roasted coconut pieces ,ghee and cardamon powder .This delicacy full of crunchiness and creaminess is very similar to the soft and sweet Gulab Jamuns.
Rava Kesari with Milk
This quick South Indian desert is made of semolina ,ghee ,sugar and dry fruits and is very similar to the delicious suji ka halwa.Usually orange in colour,this treat is absolutely appealing and inviting .
Khubani Ka Meetha
Apricots soaked over night in sugar water and then mashed into compote and then served with cream or custard ,This Andhra treat is a soft and sublime dessert .
Made from pouring egg yolk into boiling hot sugar syrup in the shape of circles ,This keralan unusual dessert is very popular and and can be served with the egg snow pudding .
A crisp crescent of dough filled with coconut and dry fruits and then deep fried till they are golden and crisp,this Andhra sweet is a big hit during the festival times.
This traditional Tamil sweet is made from a mixture of rice flour, urad dal and cardamon.The batter is deep fried in spiral shapes ,then soaked in sugar syrup for some time.This sweet crispy Mithai is definitely loved by all.
Quite similar to Puran Poli,This South Indian Mithai is made by using maida dough and stuffing of sweetened Bengal gram.This Karnataka dessert has now been introduced to many variations like that of saffron and Dry fruits ,coconut fillings and even gulkand filling for that matter .
So the next time you think of South Indian food ,don’t just stay restricted to the dosas and the vadas ,but give your sweet tooth a chance to get lost in the delicious delicacies .