01/28/2013 10:28 am ET Updated Mar 30, 2013

12 Amazing South Indian Breakfasts

Bangalore's cafes and sagars are crowded in the mornings. Old men sipping at small glasses of sweet milky coffee, foamed up to perfection by pouring it from one cup to another. They stand at tables, balancing a Gold Flake cigarette and the Deccan Herald newspaper, and eating Khara Bath, Kesari Bath, Chow Chow Bath, Pongal, Pakoda Bajji, Mysore Buns, Idly Vada Samhar, and so many other breakfasts...

But I didn't know what any of these were at the time.

So I decided to try them all.

12 Amazing South Indian Breakfasts

Of course, once I'd finished these, I decided to start on the dosas...