By Nandini Bhushan*
The cuisine from the five southern states of India — Tamil Naidu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is grouped together as the South Indian cuisine. This cuisine offers a wide range of vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian delicacies that is sure to delight one’s taste bud. Let us explore the mouth-watering dishes from the Southern Indian states to experience the essence of each of these states.
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Known by different names like saaru in Kannada, charu in telugu and rasam in Tamil, this flavoursome dish is made on a daily basis in a south Indian household. Since rasam has a runny consistency, it can be relished as a soup or even enjoyed as a side dish with rice, vada or idiyappam. Made with lentils, tamarind and tomato pulp, rasam tastes best in the rainy and winter season and tastes amazing due to its own seasoning ingredients.