Desi snacks of south; the taste of origin

India is a diverse country. With various religion and multi-lingual regions, all stay bound under a nation. Diversity has different cultures, tradition and practices that stand for its origin. But sliding mobilization and growing urbanization, somewhere they are fading. Loosely falls here and there, limited to books, granny’s story or blogs like ours; who digs deep and throw light on them. Especially, foods. As history would still be looked into books but dishes if lost can’t be tasted from books. Here is the list of top 10 South Indian tea timed Desi snacks, one must know and savour.

  1. Parippu Vada

parippuvadaParripu vada also known as Dal Vada / Lentil or Dal filters is a traditional evening snack food originated from Kerala. It is made out of Toor dal and deep fried. Popular in the Keralite culture, especially with black tea in evening. It is simple to make and tasty to take.

2. Pazham Pori

Pazham PoriPazham Porialso known as Ethakka appam or banana fritters, it is again an eveningtraditional snack item in Kerala. It is just ripe banana’s coated with flour and deep-fried in oil. Just like every pakora or bhaji is prepared. Easy, right?

3. Ada or Ela Ada

Ada or Ela AdaAda or Ela Ada is a Traditional Keralite dish. It is made of coconut and jaggery. The sweeten part is layered inside the rice paste on abanana leaf and steamed in a steamer or idlymould vessel. All it needs is steaming, and the sweet dish will be ready for tasting.


KozhukattaiKozhukattai is a favourite dish loved by Lord Ganesh. It Maharashtra, Gujrat and other few places, the same dish is known as Modak. In festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, it is a must made dish.  Simply, made up of rice flour, coconut and jaggery stuffing. Also, Kozhukkatai is a traditional Kerala Christian recipe, prepared during the time of Easter. How nice, different region, different festival but same dish!

  1. Murukku

MurukkuMurukku is a crispy fried snack that originated in Tamil Nadu. Later became popular throughout India with different names at different regions like ‘Chakli in Maharashtra, ‘Chakri’ in Gujarat, and ‘Chakralu’ in Andhra Pradesh. Murukku is typically made from rice and urad dal flour. The flours are mixed with water, salt, asafoetida and either sesame seeds or cumin seeds. The mix is kneaded into a dough and then shaped into spiral or coil shapes either by hand or using a mould. The spirals are then deep fried in vegetable oil. That is all.

6. Achappam

Achappam“Achu” in Malayalam means mould and “Appam” means bread. These two words are combined together to form “Achappam” which means “Bread prepared using mould”.Achappam is a popular, traditional Kerala and Tamil Nadu snack which is incredibly crunchy & delicious. Credit goes to the iron mould used for its preparation.  It is made with rice flour, coconut milk, sugar and eggs. These ingredients are mixed together to form a semi thick batter that is fried on.

7. Sukhiyan

SukhiyanSukhiyan is a Sweet traditional Kerala tea time snack, stuffed with green gram,coconut and jaggery filling. Sukhiyan can be made with sugar or brown sugar aka jaggery. Thereby, Sukhiyan is a healthy snack. Except the fact that it is deep fried later. But this is yet highly nutritious because the mung bean or green gram is a rich source of low-fat protein and fibre. You can use olive oil to fry.

8. Kalathappam 

KalathappamKalathappam is popular in North Malabar (Indian / Kerala / Kannur). This delicacy is made from rice flour, jaggery sugar, fried onions and coconut flakes. It’s more popular in Kannur. This snack is prepared in apressure cooker. It is like a rich cake of jaggery.

9. Mysore Bonda

Mysore BondaMysore Bonda needs no introduction. It is common street food that is loved everywhere. Especially, in south, the craze for this has no limits. It is to be dipped in chutney and relished. The name itself throw light on its origin; from Mysore region of Karnataka. This has become quite popular in south IndianAndhra-Telangana region too.

10. Aval Varattiyathu/Sweetened Beaten Rice Flakes

Aval VarattiyathuIt is an easy snack prepared especially in the state of Kerala. Beaten rice flakes, sweetened with jaggery along with grated coconut. It is flavoured with dry ginger and cardamom, amazing it tastes! It’s is a common offering to God Lord Krishna.