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Last Updated : Oct 04,2018

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South Indian Dinner Recipes, South Indian Dinner Recipes Vegetarian

The moment we think about South Indian food, idli, dosa and vada are the popular dishes that strikes our mind – and it’s fair enough because they are not only popular in South India but, all over the country. They can be enjoyed anytime of the day be it for breakfast, evening snacks or dinner.

South Indian Dinner Recipes, Idli, Dosa


Freshly steamed idli with the popular coconut chutney or dry chutneys like milagai podi mixed with oil/ghee and piping hot sambhar is a staple at most households. Also, different states have different varieties of dosas to offer – like the neer dosa, benne dosa of Karnataka and pesarattu of Andhra, adai of Tamil Nadu. Served with chutneys like tomato chutney, spicy onion chutney, red garlic chutney, etc. or dry chutney powders like the malgapodi or curry leaves powder.

South Indian Dinner Recipes, Rice dishes

Coconut RiceCoconut Rice

Rice holds a special position in the South Indian kitchen. Lunch and dinner are dominated by rice and it is eaten with various curries and dal. Another, comfort food is More Chadam (DAHI CHAWAL) curd rice. That said, the final master stroke given is the zesty tempering of mustard seeds, asafetida, urad dal and curry leaves. Just like Dal Khichdi in North, Khichdi Kadhi in West, South Indian’s eat Sambar Rice also known as Sambar Sadam. One dish meals like Bisi Bele Bath, a hot and spicy rice preparation is made using rice, dal and vegetables flavoured with a special masala and tamarind pulp. Most rice preparations are served piping hot topped with lots of ghee and accompanied by fried papads and a cool raita.

To pep it up, they even make a wide range of rice delicacies combining or tempering various ingredients in different ways. Here is a list of some of my personal favorites :

Tamarind RiceTamarind Rice

1. Tamarind Rice

2. South Indian Peanut Rice

3. Tangy Kachi Keri Rice

4. Lemon Rice Recipe

South Indian Dinner Recipes, Curry

Vegetable StewVegetable Stew

Each nook and corner of Southern India has a different food story to tell. Coconut oil is majorly used to cook curries and from coconut milk to freshly grated coconut or coconut based pastes, something or the other is added to make varieties of stews and curries. Locally available vegetables like pumpkin, yam, raw banana, drumsticks are abundantly used. Tamarind pulp or kokum, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, sesame seeds, red chillies, broken urad dal and chana dal are frequently used ingredients in South Indian cooking. They are used to make different combinations of masalas to make South Indian curries. Enjoy delicious curries like with Potato Stew, Kadala Curry or Vegetable Kurma with Appam , Idiyappam or Puttu. Steamed rice are also enjoyed with rasam and avial. Varities of Kalan, Kootu curry , errisery are enjoyed with parotta, akki roti, kallappam or uttapam.

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Happy Cooking!

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Adai Recipe, Adai Dosa, Breakfast
Recipe# 534

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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 ....
Kanchipuram Idli
Recipe# 1702
01 Nov 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Kanchipuram is famous for more than silk sarees! In fact, this special savoury idli got its name from that small town in Tamil Nadu. It is offered at the Sri Varadharaja Swamy Temple, and food-lovers are generally prepared to even withstand the hardships of a long queue to buy the prasad of tast ....
Dosa (  South Indian Recipe)
Recipe# 32927
30 Oct 18

by Tarla Dalal
Dosa is as popular in South Indian cuisine as Idli is! Crisp and thin pancakes made of a rice and urad dal batter, dosas are even more exciting than idlis. In fact, while idlis are considered to be an easy, comfortable steamed food, ....
Rava Dosa, Onion Rava Dosa
Recipe# 169
20 Oct 18

by Tarla Dalal
Rava dosa is a delectably crispy dosa that can be prepared instantly, without the need for any fermentation. A traditional tempering and quick mix-in of chopped onions, coriander and green chillies add excellent flavour to a batter made of ready flours and semolina. This dosa is indeed a ....
Idli ( How To Make Idli )
Recipe# 32833
05 Apr 18

by Tarla Dalal
South indian cuisine is almost synonymous with idli! idli is not only easy to make but also extremely healthy and easy to digest. In fact, when stranded on a highway with nothing to eat, people wouldn’t hesitate to walk into a roadside hotel and buy a few idlis, as it is steamed, and therefore quite ....
Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes )
Recipe# 32891
24 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
A hassle-free lunch-box option, lemon rice is a favourite with young and old alike in southern india! lemon adds the tanginess, while the tempering imparts the aroma to this simple rice delicacy.
Masala Appe, Masala Paniyaram,  Made From Idli Batter
Recipe# 42039
24 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Quick and easy snack made with idli batter, the Masala Appe is worth calling as Magic Appe, because it’s superb texture and amazing flavour make it a great hit with everybody. Something that combines convenience and taste is always a welcome addition to our knowledge bank! All you need to do is ....
Upma,  Quick Upma Recipe, Breakfast Upma
Recipe# 38658
25 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Upma is one of the most common Breakfast items, all over India. It is a quick preparation using common ingredients, and so it can be made without much ado. Plus, you can also make it healthier by adding a lot of boiled veggies like carrots, beans, potato ....
Nachni Roti, Ragi Roti, How To Make Ragi Roti
Recipe# 38994
24 Sep 18

 by Tarla Dalal
A combination of rice flour and whole wheat flour ups the health quotient of these ragi rotis. Embellished with vegetables and flavoured with cumin seeds and curry leaves, they make a wholesome breakfast . For a healthier meal, roll them out very thinly ....
Tomato Gojju, Karnataka Spicy Tomato Curry
Recipe# 42563
21 May 18

 by Tarla Dalal
A quick and easy accompaniment from the Karnataka repertoire, the Tomato Gojju is a spicy tomato curry with shades of tanginess and sweetness too. The tomato is sautéed and flavoured with a traditional tempering, a little jaggery ....
Rasam Idli,  Idli Rasam
Recipe# 40389
24 Sep 18

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by Tarla Dalal
While most people think of serving idlis with sambhar and chutney, the fact is that there are many more exciting serving options for this versatile South Indian snack. And, one such idea is to combine it with the homely South Indian rasam. Although sambh ....
Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe
Recipe# 32893
24 Sep 18

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 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 ....
Egg Curry Recipe
Recipe# 42114
24 Sep 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Looking to prepare just one dish that you can couple with a bowl of rice or a few rotis to make a complete and satisfying meal? Well, then go for the Egg Curry. It is a succulent curry of bo ....
Sambhar Rice, Sambar Sadam
Recipe# 42181
24 Sep 18

by Tarla Dalal
A traditional one-dish meal from the kitchens of Tamil Nadu, the Sambhar Rice is enjoyed so much by them that it is made on special occasions as well as lazy weekends! They need no reason or occasion to make Sambhar Rice – if they feel like it, ....
Rava Dosa, How To Make Rava Dosa
Recipe# 32837
20 Feb 17

by Tarla Dalal
An easy to make counterpart of the traditional dosa ! These crisp dosas are made with a batter of semolina and buttermilk. Since the batter does not have to be fermented for long, this is an ideal dish to serve the sudden guest! Also try other
Puttu, Kerala Homemade Rice Puttu for Breakfast
Recipe# 41331
24 Sep 18

 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 ....
Cooked Rice Idli
Recipe# 1708
19 Apr 18

 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 ....
Mullangi Sambar, South Indian Radish Sambhar
Recipe# 42456
24 Sep 18

 by Tarla Dalal
The Mullangi Sambhar is an all-time favourite of the South Indians, especially those in Tamil Nadu where it is made very often. Being simple and easy, it is an everyday fare. The strong flavour and aroma of radish together with the spiciness of the sambhar masala make this a mouth-watering treat ....
Jeera- Pepper Rasam, Milagu Rasam Recipe
Recipe# 32904
24 Sep 18

 by Tarla Dalal
The ideal rasam to serve on a cold winter’s day! Jeera-Pepper Rasam is a good antidote for common cold and feverishness, and many prefer to take a swig of it plain, in a cup, while others prefer to mix it with rice and oodles of ghee.
Ven Pongal, South Indian Breakfast
Recipe# 32896
24 Sep 18

by Tarla Dalal
Ven Pongal is South India’s equivalent of the North Indian khichdi. Cooked rice and moong dal are flavoured with ginger, crushed peppercorns and cumin seeds, and garnished with ghee-roasted cashew nuts and curry leaves. Ven Pongal has a unique flavour and consistency, which are rich yet soothing ....
Pongal Kootu, South Indian Mixed Vegetable Curry
Recipe# 42312
24 Sep 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Pongal Kootu is a tongue-tickling mixed vegetable curry made during Makar Sankaranthi or Pongal in South India. It is made with local vegetables that are in season at the cusp of winter and spring. This curry brings togethe ....
Doodhi Pachadi / Spicy Doodhi Raita
Recipe# 32869
31 May 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Pachadis are the south Indian equivalent of raita, and commonly there are two types of this accompaniment. The ones made with colocassia as the base are usually spicy, while the ones made with curds as the base are are normally bland. However, here is a unique ....
Quick Rava Idli ( South Indian Recipes)
Recipe# 32608
20 Aug 13

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 by Tarla Dalal
Well, you love idlis, but what if you have no batter on hand? here is a quick and equally tasty (in fact, spicier!) version of idlis made with semolina. Since the batter requires no fermentation, this recipe is a quick-fix! for extra zing, add a little grated ginger to this dish.
Crispy Paper Dosa
Recipe# 1699
15 Oct 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
Crispy Paper Dosa is a super-star whose fame has carried it from South India to the most famous restaurants all over the world! As the name suggests, this dosa is golden brown, crispy and so thin that a huge dosa can be made with just a ladle or two of batter. In hotels, it is generally ....
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