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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# 33413
11 Jan 16

 
Onion Uttapa, Onion Uttapam 
by Tarla Dalal
Uthappa deserves to be called the Indian pizza as it lends itself to several toppings, the most popular being crisp cooked onions. You may also try other combinations such as onion and tomatoes. Usually vendors spread the topping over the uthappam batter and press it in well with their wet fin ....
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Recipe# 1690
15 Oct 15

 
Jaggery Dosa by Tarla Dalal
Easy and quick sweet dosa made with a combination of flours and jaggery, perked up with grated coconut and spiced up with cardamom! This dosa is only mildly sweet, so can be served as a teatime snack, but if you wish, you could make a nice sweet and savoury dosa platter by serving this with re ....
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Recipe# 40389
15 Oct 15

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Rasam Idli, Idli Rasam 
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 sam ....
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Recipe# 41578
21 Mar 17

 
Mix Dal and Rice Dosa by Tarla Dalal
Really satiating and super tasty, this Mixed Dal and Rice Dosa is an amazing dish to have for breakfast as it will keep you full for a long time and also give you a good dose of nutrients, especially protein. The batter for this dosa is made by combining rice and whole wheat with four different ....
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Recipe# 1687
16 Mar 17

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Rice Rava Dosa by Tarla Dalal
The Rice Rava Dosa is a really tempting variant of the regular dosa, which does not require any grinding or fermentation. Made of a batter of rice flour and semolina, tempered with onion, coconut and cashew, this quick and easy dosa can be made on any day for breakfast or as a snack. The tem ....
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Recipe# 33409
22 Mar 17

 
Jini Dosa by Tarla Dalal
Buttery and cheesy Jini Dosa is the Mumbai roadside vendor’s answer to pizza! Dosas cooked in butter are topped with a succulent and spicy mixture of veggies, which is also cooked in butter! This is then garnished with loads of cheese and cooked for a few more minutes till the cheese melts and a ....
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Recipe# 32927
20 Aug 13

 
Dosa ( South Indian Recipe) 
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, ....
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Recipe# 41546
10 Mar 17

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French Beans and Carrot Thoran 
by Tarla Dalal
‘Thoran’ is a traditional vegetable preparation that is popular in Kerala. It is a dry subzi that can be prepared with many different veggies. In this recipe, we have used a colourful combination of French beans and carrot. First, the veggies are sautéed with onions and an aromatic tempering of ....
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Recipe# 1653
07 Feb 17

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Coconut Chutney ( Idlis and Dosas) by Tarla Dalal
The Coconut Chutney has a well-rounded flavour that goes well with most variants of Idlis , Dosas , Appe , be it plain, veggie-topped, or more exotic options like Rava Idli or
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Recipe# 22355
16 Mar 17

 
Onion Rava Dosa by Tarla Dalal
This is a quick-fix dosa that feels special! Yes, we mean it. Although the Onion Rava Dosa does not require any grinding or fermentation, the resulting dosas are so tasty and crisp that you will find it difficult to stop eating. The combination of rava and rice flour gives the dosas a special te ....
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Recipe# 38899
12 Jul 16

 
Drumstick Vegetable Curry 
by Tarla Dalal
Only Indian cuisine can boast of such a variety! Take any vegetable and there will be hundreds of ways in which it can be prepared. Here is an irresistible recipe featuring aromatic and flavourful drumstick together with besan in a tomato-based curry flavoured and tempered with traditional spices an ....
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Recipe# 32837
20 Feb 17

 
Rava Dosa, How To Make Rava Dosa 
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
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Recipe# 32683
20 Aug 13

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Medu Vada ( South Indian Recipe) 
by Tarla Dalal
Most South Indians consider breakfast incomplete without Medu Vada. Whether they have idli, dosa, pongal or upma, they like to add a crispy, tasty and protein-rich urad dal vada to the platter. In fact, when you have breakfast in a South Indian restaurant, even in the remote villages, you will be fa ....
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Recipe# 32890
23 Mar 17

 
Coconut Rice, South Indian Coconut Rice by Tarla Dalal
Rice preparations that highlight a single ingredient like Lemon Rice , Tamarind Rice , Raw Mango Rice or Coconut Rice< ....
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