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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!
01 Jan 1900
Appam Pancake by Tarla Dalal
This honeycombed pancake traces its origins to India's Western costal district, the Konkan.
16 May 11
Gongura Pappu ( Know Your Green Leafy Vegetables ) by Tarla Dalal
Straight from the kitchens of andhra pradesh, this delicacy is extremely liked and very frequently consumed there. 'pappu' means dal in telegu and has been combined here with gongura and moong dal.
23 Sep 13
15 Oct 15
Poha Idli by Tarla Dalal
Super soft idlis made with a combination of broken and beaten rice, the Poha Idli is also relatively convenient to make compared to the traditional idli because idli rawa is used instead of whole idli rice. This helps you make the batter quicker and also ensures a perfect consistency, without having ....
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 ....
20 Aug 13
Unni 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 molten jaggery! while it is traditionally made using ground wheat or a combination of wheat and rice, here is a slightly modif ....
05 Nov 15
4 Flour Dosa by Tarla Dalal
A unique dosa that is made with a fermented batter of soaked and ground urad combined with the right proportions of four readymade flours, the 4 Flour Dosa is super tasty and notably satiating!
Rather than using high glycemic index rice, this sumptuous pancake is made with fibre-rich flours li ....
22 Dec 15
Adai Recipe, Adai Dosa, Breakfast by Tarla Dalal
Adai is a crisp, golden dosa made using a batter of rice and mixed dals. It has the rich aroma of coconut oil and roasted dals, and a very rustic flavour as well.
It is more satiating than regular dosas and makes a great Breakfast
. Adai can be enhanced ....
12 Mar 09
Adai, Protein Rich Adai Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Adai, an all-time favourite South Indian snack
, comprises a mix of different dals soaked and ground along with rice and spices to make a batter, which is cooked into thick pancakes. Add Adai to your meal to ....
24 Nov 13
Akkara Adisil by Shanthi Krishnakumar
This "akkara adisil" is a sweet of iyengar cuisine prepared on the koodaravalli day (27th day of margazhi) and offered to the lord. Enjoy the iyengar famous akkara adisil (akkaravadisal).
20 Aug 13
Almond Payasam by Tarla Dalal
Any dish made using almonds is unfailingly rich, quite befitting royalty! keep the spices such as cardamom to a minimum in this recipe, so as to highlight the creamy, soothing texture and flavour of almonds. Authentic ‘badam kheer’ made the south indian way omits cardamoms and nutmeg and uses a pinc ....
16 May 08
Amani Kozhakatai ( Know Your Flours ) by Tarla Dalal
Amani kozhakatai, these delicately-seasoned steamed rice balls are made as an offering during ganesh chaturthi in tamilnadu, but they can be served as a low calorie snack anytime!
20 Aug 13
Appam ( How To Make Appam ) 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 version. Serve appam with slightly-sweetened coconut ....
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 ....
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