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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# 40159
05 Nov 15

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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 ....
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Recipe# 32885
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 ....
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Recipe# 41038
20 Jul 16

 
Appam, Appam Without Yeast 
by Tarla Dalal
It is a delight to watch an experienced chef swirl the kadhai to make a perfect bowl-shaped Appam! You can master the art too, within a few tries. Appam is a delectable South Indian dish, which is comparable to dosa, but with a special texture and shape. ....
Recipe# 15141
16 Aug 11

 
Avial By Kamalacute by kamalacute
Avial stands out as an amazing south indian vegetable preparation with the medley of healthy seasonal vegetables cooked together in coconut, curd and spice powders.
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Recipe# 32909
20 Aug 13

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Avial ( South Indian Recipes) 
by Tarla Dalal
Avial is a dish that originated in kerala, but gained an equal fanfare in tamilnadu as well. Rare is the wedding or festive menu that does not include avial! the key to making excellent avial is to pay equal attention to the visual appeal – vegetables with contrasting colours such as carrot, beans, ....
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Recipe# 32897
20 Aug 13

 
Banana Pongal, Sweet South Indian Banana Porridge by Tarla Dalal
Here is a traditional South Indian treat, which is prepared during most religious functions, especially during the harvest festival of Sankrant . Of a consistency similar to khichdi, the Sw ....
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Recipe# 245
15 Jun 16

 
Banana Uttapa, Banana Uttapam 
by Tarla Dalal
Spongy and succulent uttapas, with the pleasant flavour and mild sweetness of bananas! This is a delicious snack that will be loved by all, especially kids. Like most uttapas, this one also uses a batter of rice and ....
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Recipe# 22254
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 ....
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Recipe# 32894
20 Aug 13

 
Bisi Bele Bhaat by Tarla Dalal
This traditional spicy rice dish from karnataka is quite addictive – served piping hot topped with lots of ghee and accompanied by fried papads and a cool raita, it is almost impossible to say no to! improvise by adding field beans, peas, kidney beans or other legumes along with the vegetables, for ....
Recipe# 14204
17 Aug 11

 
Bisibele Baath by anithajagadeesh
A tasty and popular rice recipe in south indian households, bisibele baath can now be prepared at your home with this easy and quick bisibelle bhaat recipe.
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Recipe# 32654
09 Jul 16

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Bonda, Urad Dal Bonda by Tarla Dalal
A scrumptious snack made with a batter of urad spiked up with pepper and curry leaves, Bonda is an evergreen favourite across South India. It can be served as an evening snack with
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Recipe# 4650
11 Sep 14

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Broken Wheat Upma ( Healthy Breakfast Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Broken Wheat Upma, as the name suggests is a nutrient-rich wheat based upma. While the broken wheat brings in loads of dietary fibre and energy, carrot and green peas bring along a wealth of nutrients, especially vitamin A. The veggies also add crunch to an otherwise soft upma. You may also add othe ....
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Recipe# 36424
07 Apr 15

 
Buckwheat Dosa by Tarla Dalal
Um, you feel like having dosa today but no fermented batter on hand? Not to worry! Here is an easy and instant dosa prepared with buckwheat and urad dal. The twist here is that the ingredients are powdered, tempered and then mixed into a batter, which can be cooked immediately into yummy dosas. Serv ....
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Recipe# 32849
20 Aug 13

 
Cabbage Foogath by Tarla Dalal
This is a dry vegetable dish made with cabbage. Other vegetables like beans, cluster beans, sabre beans, carrots etc can also be prepared in a similar way. One such dry curry is always served along with a traditional south indian lunch.
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