North India and South India

Understanding Indian Diversity

India’s large land mass makes for some cultural differences. Yet they are so markedly dissimilar you’d think they are two continents instead of one. Looking into their cultural differences, we take a short peek into their traditions, music, dance, and cuisine, and a little into their racial origins, language and dressing style.

The Language

For language, the Dravidian language of 5000 years is still spoken by more than 200 million people today, unrelated to those of Indo-European descent. The North Indian people belong to the Indo-Aryan family, akin to modern European languages.

Attire & Traditional Styles

They also both dress differently. North Indian women widely wear kamiz, calf-length shirt and baggy silk or cotton trousers tied at the ankles. South Indian women prefer saris, cloth as long as 8 meters wrapped around the waist with one end draped over the shoulder, exposing the midriff. Men from the north wear salwar, baggy trousers, typical of Muslim countries; the south have their dhotis, 5 meters material knotted around the waist and extending to cover most of the legs.


South Indian cuisine is spicier, hotter than the other, using more tamarind and coconut in their dishes. They also consume more rice; lentils and stews are prominent. Fish is widely consumed. Predominant dishes are dosa, idli, rasam and sambar. In the north, wheat is a staple diet. They prepare paratas, chapatti, puri and rotis from wheat flour. North Indians use more milk products. However, the delicacies of both North and South India are delicious and famous worldwide.

Appreciating South Indian Culture in Bellevue

Your Indian restaurant in Bellevue gives you just a bird’s eye-view of the multilingual, multi-ethnic and pluralistic society that is India. Know more when you dine with us at Spice Route.