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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# 1652
15 Oct 15

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Idli by Tarla Dalal
Fluffy as cotton balls, white as the moon’ - every South Indian remembers those fond descriptions of Idli that mom used to convince them to eat breakfast when they were kids. Indeed, that is how the perfect Idli must be too. Grinding of batter and the ....
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Recipe# 42087
14 Sep 17

 
Benne Dosa, Dosa Using Puffed Rice 
by Tarla Dalal
Benne Dosa is an evergreen specialty of Karnataka, very famous in the heritage eateries of cities like Bangalore. Till date, you can walk into quaint, century-old eateries in the city where you will be greeted by dhoti-clad men carrying 20-30 Benne Dosas stacked along one arm, to serve to long queue ....
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Recipe# 42095
15 Sep 17

 
Instant Bread Idli, No Fermenting Required by Tarla Dalal
Feel like having a breakfast of idli and sambhar but don’t have batter on hand? Worry not, you can still entertain your whims with this Instant Bread Idli. Made with an innovative batter of bread crumbs and idli rawa, this Instant Bread Idli is soft, fluffy and tasty. A dash of curds gives the i ....
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Recipe# 1670
15 Oct 15

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Idli Upma, Upma with Left Over Idlis Recipe by Tarla Dalal
This is how South Indian typically finish off leftover idlis made properly, it is so tasty that you can even serve it to guests. Sometimes, people even make Idli upma out of fresh idlis, as it is an interesting alternative to usual
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Recipe# 4993
07 Aug 15

 
Red Pumpkin Pachadi by Tarla Dalal
Wonderfully unique, the Red Pumpkin Pachadi stands out from others in its combined use of curds and coconut milk. Though you might never have tried it before, you will be pleasantly surprised to see that mellow coconut milk and tangy curds complement each other very well, and together with the aroma ....
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Recipe# 37276
02 Oct 15

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Quick Rava Idli ( Tiffin Treats) 
by Tarla Dalal
With its brilliant flavour and nice, flaky texture, Rava Idli is something like upma in idli form, so you get the best of both worlds. Since it is steamed, it is easier to digest than upma, has a convenient form factor for serving as well as packing, and stays soft and humid for longer. The batter f ....
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Recipe# 4665
11 Sep 14

 
Rice and Moong Dal Idli 
by Tarla Dalal
Rice and Moong Dal Idli is a variant of the most popular South Indian snack, Idli, which is traditionally made with rice and urad dal. The well-tested proportions of rice and green moong dal used in this recipe result in a pleasant texture, taste and colour, which will be loved by all your family me ....
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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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Recipe# 1699
15 Oct 15

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Crispy Paper Dosa 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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Recipe# 32648
08 Sep 17

 
Tamarind Pulp, Imli Pulp 
by Tarla Dalal
Tamarind Pulp is an essential ingredient in the preparation of South Indian dishes like Sambhar , Rasam ,
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Recipe# 42025
24 Aug 17

 
South Indian Mixed Vegetable Khichdi, Low Salt Recipe by Tarla Dalal
This South Indian Mixed Vegetable Khichdi is fondly called as ‘kootanchoru’ or ‘kadhamba sadham’ and is often made when there is a family get-together because it is flavoursome and satiating, and makes a convenient one-dish meal. It is loaded with veggies, and the paste gives it a nice mouth-wat ....
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Recipe# 42026
24 Aug 17

 
Pumpkin and Chawli Errissery, Low Salt Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Errissery is one of the most popular vegetable preparations of Kerala. Flavoured with a dry masala of onion, garlic and red chillies, the vegetables become a perfect accompaniment for hot rice and dal. Here, we have used pumpkin, a low-sodium vegetable, together with nutritious chawli to make an ....
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Recipe# 42037
28 Aug 17

 
Thattai, Rice Crispies, South Indian Jar Snack by Tarla Dalal
Thattai is one of the most popular jar snacks in South India. So wonderful does it taste with tea that you will find even small tea shops stocking this scrumptious deep-fried snack in their glass jars! Thattai is a flat, round-shaped, ....
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Recipe# 42068
05 Sep 17

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Butter Murruku Recipe, South Indian Jar Snack by Tarla Dalal
Our Indian cuisine abounds with varieties of jar snacks , which add sparkle to a cup of tea or coffee! One such gem from the South Indian repertoire is Butter Mu ....
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