South and North Differences in Cuisine
Southern Indian food is commonly characterized by its use of rice and coconut. Sauces like chutney and curry, which make up many popular dishes, are made from coconut. Dosas and idlis, on the other hand the most popular breakfast cakes in the south, are made from rice.
The cuisine is more vegetarian-friendly; the use of nutritious lentils, peas and beans characterize their food.
Southern flavors are intense and usually are incorporated in rice dishes. They don’t favor creme unlike cuisine from the north of India and instead use coconut for their gravies. That makes Indian food from the south a lot healthier, aside from the fact that coconut is a beneficial ingredient.
In terms of spiciness, southern variety is much spicier. Consider their spices – green and red chilies, cumin, coriander, pepper, turmeric and fenugreek seeds.
About cooking methods? The south prefer more to steam, boil, or pressure cook, while the north are more into frying, marinating, or roasting. Do you see the benefits?
An Evening of Southern India Dining
Enjoy the unique flavors of southern India dining in our Indian restaurant in Bellevue, considered one of Puget Sound’s best Asian restaurants and one of the best buffet spots that offer specialty southern cuisine from India by chefs of the region. The way we choose and prepare our ingredients make for healthier and delicious offerings. We serve vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes cooked separately from our meat and seafood menu. That is to preserve the natural flavors of healthy southern dining.