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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 , Avial 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!

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Recipe# 2219
26 Feb 16

 
Vegetables Pulao with Coconut Curry by Tarla Dalal
One look at this appetizing dish, and you just cannot resist savouring it immediately. Indeed, what an innovative presentation and what a fantastic flavour! The Vegetables Pulao with Coconut Curry features rice sautéed with colourful veggies, served in the form of a ring that is filled with a cocon ....
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Recipe# 4665
11 Sep 14

 
Rice and Moong Dal Idli 
by Tarla Dalal
Rice and Moong Dal Idli is a variant of the most popular South Indian snack, Idli, which is traditionally made with rice and urad dal. The well-tested proportions of rice and green moong dal used in this recipe result in a pleasant texture, taste and colour, which will be loved by all your family me ....
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Recipe# 8657
19 Jan 16

 
Malabari Curry, South Indian Vegetable Curry by Tarla Dalal
Malabari Curry is a mouth-watering South Indian vegetable curry, which features a spectrum of textures and flavours. An assortment of veggies gives this curry multiple colours, flavours and textures, while a tongue-tickling paste of of coconut and spices giv ....
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Recipe# 41477
08 Feb 17

 
Bhindi Onion Stir-fry , Kerala-style Ularthu by Tarla Dalal
Bhindi coupled with everyday ingredients like onions, green chillies and garlic gives you a tasty and healthy subzi that you can make any day. It is really simple but tastes awesome. Try other healthy subzis like Baingan Methi ki Subzi and
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Recipe# 41458
03 Feb 17

 
Kokum Saar, Kokum Rasam 
by Tarla Dalal
Here is a tongue-tickling version of the popular South Indian delicacy rasam, made with kokum. The tanginess of kokum and the spiciness of dry chilli flakes together give this Kokum Saar an invigorating flavour. Ingredients like onion, green chillies and ....
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Recipe# 41460
03 Feb 17

 
Ginger Pachdi, Ginger Chutney, South Indian Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Ginger Pachdi is an appetizing South Indian accompaniment that combines the pungency of ginger with the tanginess of tamarind and the rustic sweetness of jaggery. Being sweet, sour and spicy, this chutney-like accompaniment is sure to make you eat an
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Recipe# 41435
30 Jan 17

 
Vaingya Ambot, South Indian Brinjal Dal by Tarla Dalal
Vaingya Ambot is a tongue-tickling preparation of brinjals, cooked with tamarind and dal. Tamarind together with a paste of coconut and red-chillies gives this dish a wonderfully tangy and spicy flavour. A dash of spice powders and a tempering of mustard seeds and asafetida add to the taste and ....
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Recipe# 32876
18 Mar 16

 
Karuveppilai Podi, South Indian Curry Leaves Powder by Tarla Dalal
This powder of roasted curry leaves, dals and spices, transforms a simple breakfast of idli or dosa into a tongue-tickler! Serve it mixed with til oil, or sprinkle it over idli, dosa or even
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Recipe# 32871
20 Aug 13

 
Coconut Pachadi / Coconut Raita 
by Tarla Dalal
Well, if you like dips and raitas, check out their South Indian equivalent – the refreshing raitas! Made by combining thick curds with veggies or other ingredients, the highlight of any pachadi is the traditional tempering, which adds an irresistible aroma t ....
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Recipe# 1688
15 Oct 15

 
Pesarattu by Tarla Dalal
When you are in Andhra Pradesh, you must try their famous whole green moong dosas, known as Pesarattu. On the other hand, you can try it right away in your own kitchen! These delicious green gram dosas include a little bit of rice for crispness, as well as green chillies and ginger for an eleg ....
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Recipe# 32887
05 Jan 17

 
Unni Appam, Mini Sweet Appam 
by Tarla Dalal
If you are familiar with South Indian cooking, you are sure to have encountered the traditional appam, the irresistibly sweet, deep-fried, brown-coloured balls fragrant with banana and molten jaggery! While it is traditionally made using ground wheat or ....
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Recipe# 38991
26 Nov 13

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Moong Dal and Spinach Idli 
by Tarla Dalal
Eliminating rice reduces the calorie count of these spinach idlis, making them suitable for diabetics as well. The same moong dal batter can also be used to make healthy pankis and pancakes.
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Recipe# 32867
20 Aug 13

 
Mixed Vegetable Sagu by Tarla Dalal
Mixed vegetable sagu is a popular dish that can be had in most parts of south india. This versatile side dish goes well with puris, dosas, aappam, and even rice! if in a hurry, you can whip it up in a jiffy using readymade sagu masala that is available from various brands in most supermarkets. For b ....
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Recipe# 41331
23 Dec 16

 
Puttu, Kerala Homemade Rice Puttu for Breakfast by Tarla Dalal
A timeless culinary treasure from the kitchens of Kerala, Puttu is one of the healthiest breakfasts you can think of! Made of steamed rice flour and grated coconut, Puttu has a unique taste and texture, which comes from the special container that it is steamed in. Traditionally, Puttu was steame ....
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