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South Indian recipes
South Indian cuisine is much-loved across India, especially its wide spread of breakfast treats like Idli , Dosa and uttapas. However, there is much more to South Indian cuisine, including a large variety of rice dishes, one-dish meals, main course dishes like Sambhar , Rasam , etc., accompaniments like chutneys and salads, as well as preserved foods like podis (powders) and pickles.
This section helps you explore a large goldmine of recipes from all over South India, ranging from the satiating Keralite dishes like Appam
and Kadala Curry, to spicy Chettinad delicacies, tongue-tickling Karnataka delights like Rava Idli, Andhra Pradesh specialties like Pesarattu and Tamil Nadu recipes like Adai , Sambhar and Chakra Pongal . You will discover the authentic ways to prepare your favourite dishes, as well as lesser-known treasures from the cuisine of southern India.
You will also be able to identify and appreciate the common characteristics of this cuisine, such as the position rice holds as the staple food, the abundant use of lentils and coconut, traditional ways of tempering, and so on. Your masala box needs to be equipped with mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, sesame seeds, red chillies, broken urad dal and chana dal, as these are frequently used in South Indian cooking.
Take your pick from these recipes, and serve them on a banana leaf, to recreate a perfect south Indian meal-time!
15 Jun 16
Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe by Tarla Dalal
In South India, the Kheer
and mithai are served at the start of a meal. It is the Curd Rice that comes at the end, as a flavourful and soothing finish to a traditional spread. At the same time, it is also a comforting one-d ....
15 Oct 15
Sambar ( Sambhar, Idlis and Dosas) by Tarla Dalal
Like idlis and dosas, Sambhar is also an all-time favourite that is almost synonymous with South Indian
food! From the smallest roadside hotel to the classiest Indian restaurants around the globe, ‘idli, Vada, Sambhar’ is a very popular breakfast combo!
03 Dec 15
Tomato Coconut Chutney by Tarla Dalal
Easy and quick to prepare. Almost all South Indian
snacks are served with a variety of chutneys on the side.
This is a popular dosai chutney served in Tamil Nadu. This cooked chutney stays well for upto 2 days in an air-tight container in the fridge, b ....
20 Aug 13
Medu Vada ( South Indian Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Most South Indians consider breakfast incomplete without Medu Vada. Whether they have idli, dosa, pongal or upma, they like to add a crispy, tasty and protein-rich urad dal vada to the platter. In fact, when you have breakfast in a South Indian restaurant, even in the remote villages, you will be fa ....
20 Aug 14
Onion Tomato Rava Uttapa by Tarla Dalal
Tasty Onion Tomato Rava Uttapa is a versatile dish that can be made for breakfast or supper, or as an evening snack for kids. Interestingly, this recipe is not a quick-fix that uses soda to rise the batter, nor does it require planning the previous day, as an hour is all that it takes for the semoli ....
30 Jan 16
Appam, Appam Kerala Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Appam is a famous dish from the Keralite repertoire of South Indian
cooking. This recipe is an easy-to-make, instant version of the otherwise tough-to-make dish.
Since yeast is used, the batter need not be fermented for long unlike the traditional vers ....
06 May 17
Oats and Spring Onion Appe, Diabetic Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Appe is an evergreen South Indian
snack made with a batter of rice and urad. The ball-shaped appe tempt the diner with a crispy, golden-coloured surface that gives way to a soft and fluffy centre.
The Oats and Spring Onion Appe is a smart diabetic-friend ....
04 May 17
Curd Brown Rice by Tarla Dalal
Curd is probiotic and said to calm the stomach acids. We have made the classic South Indian
curd rice using brown rice instead of white rice, as it is better for those suffering from acidity.
A tempering of mustard seeds and urad dal adds flavour and cru ....
15 Jan 15
Sooji Idli / Suji Idli by Tarla Dalal
Feeling like having idlis for breakfast, but have not prepared and fermented the batter? Not to worry! Try this Sooji Idli, which is sure to please you with its soft and fluffy texture and interesting flavour. The addition of curds gives the idlis a slight sourness akin to traditional fermented batt ....
15 Oct 15
Cooked Rice Idli by Tarla Dalal
These super-soft idlis are made with a combination of readymade idli rava and cooked rice along with fluffy, wet-ground urad dal.
It is easier to prepare this idli compared to the traditional one, as you need to soak wet-grind only the urad dal. It is also a relatively foolproof method that is ....
14 Mar 15
Moong Dal and Cauliflower Greens Appe by Tarla Dalal
Ever thought of using cauliflower greens to make a mouth-watering snack? Well, here is a unique recipe that uses yellow moong dal and cauliflower greens to make sumptuous appe. Cauliflower greens are a rich source of iron, which helps you stay energetic all day long. Although very easy to make, the ....
13 Feb 16
Chana Dal Vada, Crispy Chana Dal Vada by Tarla Dalal
The moment a South Indian buys a cup of tea
, he would also buy a plate of Chana Dal Vada to accompany it! That is how popular this tasty South Indian
Chana Dal Vada is.
And not without reason. With loads ....
11 Jan 11
Barley Idli by Tarla Dalal
Idli is the first dish that comes to mind when one thinks of South Indian
cuisine. Not without reason – this easy-to-digest and wholesome dish is perfect to have at any time of the day, for breakfast, evening snacks or dinner.
Barley Idli is a modifie ....
23 Mar 17
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