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Weddings are celebrated not only to relish the cultural aspects of different communities across the world. But those are occasions where you can sense aromatic flavors which is enough to fill your tummy and heart. The excitement increases if you are all set for a South Indian wedding as they find elevate the occasion with a variety of mouth-watering delicacies added to that extended spread.
Now, it’s time for us to check out the 17 best veg and non-veg dishes in a South Indian wedding
1. Sadya – The traditional Kerala feast
Kerala is well-known for its picturesque locations and scenic spots. But the state is also renowned for its deliciousness, especially the traditional vegetarian feast. It is mostly served as lunch and it comprises of rice, side dishes, pickles and desserts served on a plantain leaf.
2. Dosa – The all-time favorite
Dosa is absolutely a crowd-pleaser, especially in South Indian weddings.
It is a perfect vegetarian dish served on special occasions like Kerala and Tamil weddings. It is a staple breakfast option.
Well, you know about ‘dosa’ and if you think you are going to get what you think, then you are wrong.
There will be a twist always. Because during marriages, special and variety dosas are served and it includes masala dosa, onion dosa, ghee dosa, along with schezwan dosa, cheese dosa and more.
Be it an extended feast or dosa variety, this is one is something that you can’t miss. Sambar is an exclusive dish of south India.
Though it holds different versions according to the region, the taste is unique and delicious.
4. Idli – A perfect breakfast
This is an exclusive breakfast variety in southern India and is mostly served during Tamil and Kerala wedding ceremonies. Since a breakfast variety, it is usually served in the morning, especially during and after any ritualistic practices held in households. Just pair it up with any other side dish like sambar, chutney or tomato/potato curry. It’s delicious by all its means.
5. Avial – The mixed vegetable dish
During Kerala wedding ceremonies, while you consume that delicious sadhya, Avial is served because it is an integral part that cannot be avoided.
This sumptuous dish is the favorite dish for many because it comprises of mushy vegetables prepared with curd, coconut, curry leaves, and fresh coconut oil. Tasty, isn’t it?
But have you ever thought about the origin of this dish? Avial mythologically is related to the iconic and ancient Indian epic Mahabharatha. It is believed that Bhima, one of the mythical characters cooked “Avial” during his exile along with his brothers.
Puliogare, also known as Puliyodarai is a simple and tasty rice dish prepared with a tangy tamarind twist. Puli, in Malayalam and Tamil means sour taste.
Since this dish is Tamarind oriented, it gives you a sense of sour taste and hence gained the name Puliogare. It is mostly served during Brahmin wedding ceremonies or Iyengar wedding ceremonies.
Have it along with crispy papad or sumptuous salad and feel the real south Indian taste.
7. Rasam – To digest well
Rasam is a soupy dish and is served mostly during the end of the sadhya/feast. It is because Rasam is prepared using products that helps you to get perfect digestion after an extended meal. To have it with hot rice and along with papad is something that delights your taste buds.
8. Bisi bele bath
This is one fine dish from Karnataka. You can find a lot of different varieties of this dish during Kannada wedding ceremonies and it completely depends upon each and every family. They have their own style of making this lentil-veggie rice.
9. Kaara Kuzhambu
Prepared with onions, tomatoes, and garlic, Kaara Kuzhambu, also known as Vatha Kuzhambu is most popularly made in households of south India. During wedding ceremonies, this delicious dish is served along with white rice, poriyal, and kootu.
If it was a walkthrough on south Indian vegetarian dishes, let’s now check some of the mouth-watering and favorite non-vegetarian dishes served during south Indian wedding ceremonies.
This one is the major highlight among the wedding menu and is served mostly in south Indian weddings. Each and everyone will have a handful of this sumptuous delicacy. Regarding the origin of this favorite dish, it is said that it came from western Asia and is not so quite ancient as well. Meanwhile, some others believe that it came through the coast of Malabar and by Arab traders. Whatever be its origin, the taste is beyond any comparison that makes this a crowd-pulling dish.
See the Biryani varieties
11. Hyderabadi Biryani
Hyderabadi Biryani is the most popular among biryani varieties. This is a world-famous dish which you can’t ever miss. When it is prepared, masalas enriched with flavors are added to give it a divine taste.
12. Thalassery Biriyani
This is the most favorite biryani variety of Keralites. The people of Kerala often choose this one to have it during the wedding ceremonies, especially in Malabar region. This dish is prepared using Kaima rice which is cooked separately by adding ghee and spices along with masala flavors. Chicken or mutton is cooked separately along with veggies. All these are then put together in a dum to permeate flavors.
13. Dindigul Biriyani
Tamil people rely on this biryani variety as this is very simple to cook, but if all ingredients are readymade. Locally available grain rice is used to cook this dish. When you are in for a Tamil wedding, especially in a village, you can savor the real taste of Dindigul Biryani.
Pulao is usually made with chicken or mutton. It is an Andhra dish and also specific to the Telangana region as well.
There are various popular varieties for this dish like Kodi pulao, Konaseema Kodi pulao and more. Since a traditional dish, this one is served during the wedding ceremonies in Andhra Pradesh.
15. Fish Fry
Why can’t you try fish?
Chicken and mutton are common when you search for the wedding dish menu. But the excitement increases when you find there is fish fry. ‘Karimeen pollichathu’, the most popular Kerala fish fry variety is the major highlight during Kerala wedding ceremonies.
16. Seafood Varieties – Taste the ocean
People usually go for seafood/continental dishes when they celebrate their wedding. There are lot of seafood varieties which delights your taste senses.
17. Payasam – The tasty dessert
You can finish off your feast with a smooth and sweet payasam. This is an inevitable dish during Kerala weddings and one can’t miss the sumptuousness of this creamy dish.
Made out of milk, rice, ghee, sugar, and a lot of other tasty ingredients, the Payasam makes your day while you celebrate a wedding ceremony.
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