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South Indian recipes
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
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!
02 Oct 15
Idli Milagai Podi, Malgapodi Idli by Tarla Dalal
Watch leftover idlis transform into a delectable tiffin treat that your kids will love to munch on. Tossing the idli cubes with ghee and malgapodi makes it spicy and tasty, and also ensures that it stays soft and moist in the tiffin box for around 5 hours.
Even when you do not have leftover id ....
15 Feb 17
Beetroot and Coconut Sabzi, South Indian Sabzi by Tarla Dalal
An easy and tasty South Indian
recipe, which features grated beetroot, flavoured with a traditional tempering and a scrumptious mixture of coconut, garlic and spice powders.
Since the beetroot is grated, it cooks very fast, so you can make this Beetroot ....
22 Feb 17
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 ....
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, ....
26 Feb 16
Vegetables Pulao with Coconut Curry by Tarla Dalal
One look at this appetizing dish, and you just cannot resist savouring it immediately. Indeed, what an innovative presentation and what a fantastic flavour! The Vegetables Pulao with Coconut Curry features rice sautéed with colourful veggies, served in the form of a ring that is filled with a cocon ....
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 ....
15 Jan 15
Sooji Idli / Suji Idli by Tarla Dalal
Feeling like having idlis for breakfast, but have not prepared and fermented the batter? Not to worry! Try this Sooji Idli, which is sure to please you with its soft and fluffy texture and interesting flavour. The addition of curds gives the idlis a slight sourness akin to traditional fermented batt ....
19 Jan 16
Malabari Curry, South Indian Vegetable Curry by Tarla Dalal
Malabari Curry is a mouth-watering South Indian
vegetable curry, which features a spectrum of textures and flavours. An assortment of veggies gives this curry multiple colours, flavours and textures, while a tongue-tickling paste of of coconut and spices giv ....
20 Aug 13
Rice Appe ( How To Make Rice Appe ) by Tarla Dalal
Appe or paddu is another traditional element of south indian cooking – to be specific, it is a popular breakfast dish from the konkan regions in the west coast. Here is the recipe to make authentic appes, which are sure to bring back memories of grandma’s culinary skills!
08 Feb 17
03 Feb 17
Kokum Saar, Kokum Rasam by Tarla Dalal
Here is a tongue-tickling version of the popular South Indian
delicacy rasam, made with kokum. The tanginess of kokum and the spiciness of dry chilli flakes together give this Kokum Saar an invigorating flavour.
Ingredients like onion, green chillies and ....
03 Feb 17
Ginger Pachdi, Ginger Chutney, South Indian Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Ginger Pachdi is an appetizing South Indian
accompaniment that combines the pungency of ginger with the tanginess of tamarind and the rustic sweetness of jaggery.
Being sweet, sour and spicy, this chutney-like accompaniment is sure to make you eat an
30 Jan 17
Vaingya Ambot, South Indian Brinjal Dal by Tarla Dalal
Vaingya Ambot is a tongue-tickling preparation of brinjals, cooked with tamarind and dal. Tamarind together with a paste of coconut and red-chillies gives this dish a wonderfully tangy and spicy flavour.
A dash of spice powders and a tempering of mustard seeds and asafetida add to the taste and ....
18 Mar 16
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