Southern Indian food & all time Malaysian favorite authentic BANANA LEAF cuisine Parboiled rice • coconut oil • gingerly oil. The southern part of India is famous for its various spices and also spicy foods. Its long past has witnessed the export of spices to many countries. Even the outsiders, generally the foreign invaders like the Dutch, the French and the English, who kept coming here over generations, are reported to be fond of these spices. Some of the chief varieties of spices produced here include cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.