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South Indian Dinner recipes


Last Updated : Sep 20,2019



दक्षिण भारतीय डिनर - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (South Indian Dinner recipes in Hindi)
દક્ષિણ ભારતીય ડિનર રેસીપી - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (South Indian Dinner recipes in Gujarati)

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

DosaDosa

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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Rasam, Tomato Rasam
Recipe# 40296
04 Sep 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Rasam is to most South Indian the symbol of homely cooking. Whether a bachelor in a serviced apartment in the other end of the globe, or a family back from a holiday in the hills, or just a tired being returning back from office, the aroma of Rasam boiling i ....
Cooked Rice Idli
Recipe# 1708
06 Sep 19

 
 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 ....
Appam ( How To Make Appam )
Recipe# 32844
19 Aug 19

 
 
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 ....
Sambar Masala ( How To Make Sambhar Masala)
Recipe# 1666
01 Aug 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Sambar Masala is quick and easy to make and a must in every Indian kitchen if you love South Indian food. You can follow this easy recipe of how to make Sambar Masala at home as this is the base ingredient to make Sambar. If yo ....
Pumpkin Kootu, Pumpkin and Yellow Moong Dal Sabzi, Curry
Recipe# 32913
20 Aug 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This is a gravy-like dish made using pumpkins and dal. Other vegetables like chow-chow, snake-gourd, cabbage, carrots etc can also be cooked this way. Normally, a traditional South Indian meal will definitely include one dry curry and one kootu. A good ac ....
Tomato Rasam ( Eat Well Stay Well )
Recipe# 33475
27 Jun 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Tomato rasam, a perfect, low-calorie recipe to enjoy the true flavours of home-made south indian cooking. Serve this protein- and vitamin-packed rasam as an accompaniment to plain steamed rice. Tomatoes are bountiful of vitamin a, folic acid that helps boost immunity. This recipe is low in calories, ....
Pongal Kootu, South Indian Mixed Vegetable Curry
Recipe# 42312
25 Jun 19

 
 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 ....
Bisi Bele Bhaat
Recipe# 32894
20 Jun 19

 
 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 ....
Kadala Curry, Kerala Curry for Appam, Puttu and Dosa
Recipe# 32912
08 Jun 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Spicy and tongue-tickling, this Kadala Curry is a traditional Kerala favourite that has now become well-known throughout the world as the best combination for soft, fluffy Appam ! This sumptuous curry features cooked kala chana pepped up with a coconut-based masala that ....
Dal Rasam, South Indian Toovar Dal Rasam
Recipe# 42385
03 Dec 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Dal Rasam or Paruppu Rasam is everyday fare in Tamil Nadu! It made with cooked toovar dal and tomatoes, flavoured with a special rasam powder. The tamarind water gives a pleasant tang to the rasam, while the semi-spicy rasam powder leaves a warmth on your taste buds. While making the rasam p ....
Adai Recipe, Adai Dosa, Breakfast
Recipe# 534
06 May 19

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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 ....
Masala Appe, Masala Paniyaram,  Made From Idli Batter
Recipe# 42039
06 May 19

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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 ....
Crispy Paper Dosa
Recipe# 1699
03 Jul 19

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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 ....
Adai , Diabetic Adai Recipe
Recipe# 22270
13 Apr 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Adai is a very popular snack in parts of South India, where it is served as Breakfast or as supper. Traditionally, this dosa-like snack is made with a batter of rice and lentils, flavoured with chillies, pepper and other ingredients. In this diabetic-fri ....
Tomato Rasam
Recipe# 32903
28 Feb 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
A perfect recipe for you to enjoy the true flavours of home-made south Indian cooking. Rasam is an essential part of every south Indian meal, and is usually served as the second main course following sambhar (or some other kuzhambu).
Kanchipuram Idli
Recipe# 1702
05 Mar 19

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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 ....
Bisi Bele Bhaat, Karnataka Bise Bele Bhat
Recipe# 33336
09 Mar 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Bisi Bele Bhaat, a 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 this One Dish Meal. Check out for many more wholesome, quick and easy to prepare, one ....
Rava Dosa, How To Make Rava Dosa
Recipe# 32837
16 Jan 19

 
 
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
Egg Curry Recipe
Recipe# 42114
30 Nov 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 ....
Dosa (  South Indian Recipe)
Recipe# 32927
10 Apr 19

 
 
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, ....
Idli ( How To Make Idli )
Recipe# 32833
20 Aug 13

 
 
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 wo ....
Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes )
Recipe# 32891
10 Jun 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Rice is the much-loved staple food of South Indians. The day begins and ends with steaming hot rice, which is enjoyed in different ways. In a traditional meal, the rice is relished with soupy rasam or spicy
Nachni Roti, Ragi Roti, How To Make Ragi Roti
Recipe# 38994
26 Nov 13

 
 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 ....
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