Food of South India

A big part of the Indian lifestyle is the food! Luckily, our group of 4 students has an appreciation for how delicious South Indian food can be. As we’ve been saying, “we may not know what we’re eating, but it sure does taste good!” For the uninitiated, Indian food has very distinct, strong flavors due to the spices used: curry, coriander, garam masala, turmeric, cardamom, and the list goes on. Many Hindus are vegetarians and beef is not available due to religious reasons, so the main protein sources we have found are chicken and mutton. Here is a selection of some of our meals along with prices in US dollars.

Typical vegetarian dinner in mess hall: $1.20

Typical vegetarian dinner in mess hall: $1.20

Papri chaat from food court - $0.75

Papri chaat from food court – $0.75

"Non-veg" dinner of chicken and curry - $1.30

“Non-veg” dinner of chicken and curry – $1.30

Restaurant lunch of paneer (Indian cheese) - $1.50

Restaurant lunch of paneer (Indian cheese) – $1.50

Roadside vegetable stands are plentiful

Roadside vegetable stands are plentiful

As you can see, the Indian diet relies heavily on rice and rich sauces. We have discussed the possible link between this carbohydrate-heavy diet and the increase in obesity and diabetes in India many times during our trip. Still, it is a wonderful cuisine enjoyed in moderation and I encourage you to give it a try!

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2 comments on “Food of South India
  1. adam says:

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  2. James says:

    Great post.

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