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South Indian cities that will please any foodie

Take a culinary trip and discover the delicious, earthy cuisines of these South Indian cities

25 Mar, 2019

Calicut: This quiet beach town is excellent for an away-from-it-all weekend. Stroll

along the clean beach and get some ayurvedic treatments. Best of all, tuck into the

food. The Malabar biryani here is one of the best. Try Paragon with its vintage charm,

which is also a great place for appam and stew. In Calicut, eat also ari kadukka, the

delicious dish of stuffed and fried mussels. Shop for banana chips and forget the

calories and indulge in fabulous banana halva.

Madurai: The temple town of Tamil Nadu is also known for its robust cuisine. The

idlis of Madurai are compared to the town’s famous jasmine – so white and soft they

are considered to be. The parota in roadside eateries is a big hit here. Drink

jigarthanda, Madurai’s very own iced drink, and eat hot halva, straight out of the pan.

Kari dosai, a dosa topped with mutton is another Madurai speciality.

Mangalore: Great beaches can be accessed from Mangalore. The other reason to go

here is the coastal food, redolent with spices and made creamy with coconut. Think

fish cooked pulimunchi style and rawa-coated silver fish and kane. Sannas, appam,

neer dosa are the staples to mop up the curries of Mangalore with. Then, there’s the

awesome combination, kori rotti – spicy chicken curry with sun-dried rice rotis. For

the vegetarians, nearby Udupi is a foodie haven with its temple food.

Hyderabad: The city of Nawabs is, of course, famous for its biryani. Haleem, in the

Old City around the Charminar is another must-try. Besides the elegant Nawabi fare,

there’s hearty, spicy Andhra food to be eaten here. The bakeries have a great

reputation for their array of special biscuits and the Osmania biscuit is a hot seller.

And some excellent Arab cuisine is available in Hyderabad as well.

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