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Ever since my school days, I have always had a shadow of South Indians around me, either in form of friends or mentors. 🙂 The the time spent with them is somehting to cherish. I had a good friend in school who was a mallu. Then in college another very good friend who was from andhra or karnataka or somewhere down south (my geography is pretty bad 😛 ). In medical college, my best friend, an iyer – the best that I have had till now. If this was not enough, the clinic where I was working in for two years before my marriage , was of a doctor who is a tamilian. 🙂 My mentor, my teacher, everything. I have a colleague and a friend with me currently – a tamilian again. 🙂 And not to mention the blog world majorly dominated by South Indians again!!!!! Also, in the place where I am staying – Singapore, out of all the Indian population here, 80% is South Indian again!!!!!!! 🙂

I can call myself half South Indian when it comes to food. Coffee is like my middle name – thanks to my medical college friend and the clinic of the South Indian doctor that I was working in. Rice is like a staple food in my house for the sheer lazyniess to come home after a whole day of work and roll out chapatis. The idli/dosa batter is forever there in my fridge, at any given time. Enough to prove me a south indian right. 🙂

The commonest complaint I have heard from them is,

“Why do you guys categorise everyone from halfway down the map of India as SOUTH INDIANS???!!!!!! Everyone from each different state has a different culture, different cuisine, different custom!!!! Why doesn’t everyone above the half way mark of India realize this???!!!! Why always the common term of SOUTH INDIANS???!!!! PHEW!!!!”

And I have no answer to this till today. 🙂 I still can’t categorize them as per their states, their culture and their languages.

For me all the languages seem to be the same. All the foods – sambhar, rasam, idli, dosa, wada, upma kuttu, poriyal, kozumbu, bisi bele, tamrind rice, appam, iddyappam …… is south Indian cuisine. Whether its pongal or vishu – its a south Indian festival.

So please my dear friends, please don’t cringe your face when you hear me say South Indian ‘n’ number of times over here. 🙂 I am really handicapped with regards to this. 🙂

So with all you South Indians ….. err, let me use ” 🙂 🙂 ” (two smilies – for the wonderful people that they are) when I want to say sou….. you know what right??? So with all you wonderful experts of ” 🙂 🙂 ” cuisine, here’s my small little attempt to showcase your food. Its like diye ko roshni dikhana (showing light to a lamp…..) …….. but let me still try 🙂

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