Its really amazing to think how our ancestors discovered every recipes with a scientific health benefit hidden behind each of the recipes prepared. In that, the South Indian lunch menu consisting of sambar,rasam,curd served along with poriyal and appalam contributes all the required essential ingredients in our daily diet. Though this the regular menu items like kuzhambu, kootu, puli curry takes part in feast menus. Let’s just have a glance about the regular menu with health benefits in short about the ingredients.
 
 





 
List of items in regular Lunch menu:

Rice
Curd
Appalam/Papad
Pickle
 
 


Rice:

Rice is rich in carbohydrates. Rice has the ability to provide fast and instant energy.Replacing rice with wheat is not a good fact which reduces our intake of amino acids (protein building blocks). Rice varieties are many like hand polished, polished, red rice, brown rice, dehusked and husked rice and many more.Recent studies has shown that husked rice are rich in dietary fiber and choice is ours based on taste requirements.
 
Sambar :
 
Dal – Indian cuisine may seem like antithesis of good health, but it does possess some fantastic gems like dal.A dish containing dal can be called as perfect dish
Tomato – Considered to be the treasure house of Antioxidants and provide an excellent amount of Vitamin C.
Sambar powder – Mixture of mild aromatic spices, varieties of dal, dhania seeds, curry leaves which provides a house of nutritional benefits.
Vegetables – Generally all vegetables are rich in good amount of vitamins and minerals, they are low in fat home for antioxidants and boosts up immunity in human body. Vegetables are packed with both Soluble and insoluble dietary fiber.
 
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South Indian Meal
 
 
Rasam :
Dal waterA dish containing dal can be called as perfect dish and is the safest food for all age groups to get digested easily.
Tamarind water – Used to treat bile disorders, promotes healthy heart function,lowers cholesterol, good source of antioxidants and many more
Tomato – Considered to be the treasure house of Antioxidants and provide an excellent amount of Vitamin C.
Pepper – A pinch when added to our regular diet, stimulates the taste buds in sending an alert to the stomach for HCl(hydrochloric acid secretion) for improving digestion. It also has antioxidants and antimicrobial effects.
Jeera – A flavorful substance with a store house of benefits like lowering blood sugar, rich in iron content, improves immunity, maintains healthy menstrual cycle,maintains proper metabolic activity, rich in Vitamin C and many many…
Asafoetida – mainly Asafoetida (Hing in Hindi) aids in proper digestion and is a good anti microbial agent.
Coriander leaves – Rich in calcium,, Vitamin K and acts as anti inflammatory agent, lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) , promotes liver function and bowel movements.
 
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Curd

Curd is called as the yoghurt and is one of the essential thing in Indian lunch menu. They help to improve digestive system, strengthens immune system, Consuming curd proves to have a beneficial effect on vaginal infections, minimizes blood pressure.

Poriyal

Poriyal is a dry form of cooked vegetables. Generally all vegetables are rich in good amount of vitamins and minerals, they are low in fat home for antioxidants and boosts up immunity in human body. Vegetables are packed with both Soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. 

 
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South Indian Lunch
 
 
Appalam/pappad :
Urad dal – Urad dal has protein, fat and carbohydrate required by the body. If we are looking for a protein- friendly diet urad dal dal would be a best choice and there it is proved to be the safest food for infants.
Jeera – A flavorful substance with a store house of benefits like lowering blood sugar, rich in iron content, improves immunity, maintains healthy menstrual cycle,maintains proper metabolic activity, rich in Vitamin C and many many…


Pickle :
Mostly they use lemon/Narthangai pickle in those days providing the source of vitamin C. Also Amla pickles are rich in Vitamin C.
Lunch menu
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