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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# 3409
03 Dec 15

 
Tomato Coconut Chutney by Tarla Dalal
Easy and quick to prepare. Almost all South Indian snacks are served with a variety of chutneys on the side. This is a popular dosai chutney served in Tamil Nadu. This cooked chutney stays well for upto 2 days in an air-tight container in the fridge, b ....
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Recipe# 1516
20 Aug 14

 
Onion Tomato Rava Uttapa 
by Tarla Dalal
Tasty Onion Tomato Rava Uttapa is a versatile dish that can be made for breakfast or supper, or as an evening snack for kids. Interestingly, this recipe is not a quick-fix that uses soda to rise the batter, nor does it require planning the previous day, as an hour is all that it takes for the semoli ....
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Recipe# 193
30 Jan 16

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Appam, Appam Kerala Recipe 
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 vers ....
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Recipe# 41758
06 May 17

 
Oats and Spring Onion Appe, Diabetic Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Appe is an evergreen South Indian snack made with a batter of rice and urad. The ball-shaped appe tempt the diner with a crispy, golden-coloured surface that gives way to a soft and fluffy centre. The Oats and Spring Onion Appe is a smart diabetic-friend ....
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Recipe# 41747
04 May 17

 
Curd Brown Rice by Tarla Dalal
Curd is probiotic and said to calm the stomach acids. We have made the classic South Indian curd rice using brown rice instead of white rice, as it is better for those suffering from acidity. A tempering of mustard seeds and urad dal adds flavour and cru ....
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Recipe# 1708
15 Oct 15

 
Cooked Rice Idli 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 ....
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Recipe# 39895
14 Mar 15

 
Moong Dal and Cauliflower Greens Appe by Tarla Dalal
Ever thought of using cauliflower greens to make a mouth-watering snack? Well, here is a unique recipe that uses yellow moong dal and cauliflower greens to make sumptuous appe. Cauliflower greens are a rich source of iron, which helps you stay energetic all day long. Although very easy to make, the ....
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Recipe# 4971
13 Feb 16

 
Chana Dal Vada, Crispy Chana Dal Vada by Tarla Dalal
The moment a South Indian buys a cup of tea , he would also buy a plate of Chana Dal Vada to accompany it! That is how popular this tasty South Indian Chana Dal Vada is. And not without reason. With loads ....
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Recipe# 22254
11 Jan 11

 
Barley Idli by Tarla Dalal
Idli is the first dish that comes to mind when one thinks of South Indian cuisine. Not without reason – this easy-to-digest and wholesome dish is perfect to have at any time of the day, for breakfast, evening snacks or dinner. Barley Idli is a modifie ....
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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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Recipe# 39009
31 Jan 17

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Oats Rava Idli by Tarla Dalal
Idlis are a breakfast favourite even outside South India. Fibre rich oats and rava combine to make delicious instant idlis that you can enjoy fresh off the steamer with sambhar and
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Recipe# 32608
20 Aug 13

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Quick Rava Idli ( South Indian Recipes) 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.
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Recipe# 32891
20 Aug 13

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Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes ) 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.
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Recipe# 41655
05 Apr 17

 
Brown Rice and Moong Dal Pongal, Low Salt Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Next to idli and dosa, one can confidently say that Pongal is the next most popular South Indian breakfast. It is a tasty and filling dish with a rustic flavour marked by cumin seeds and ginger. Although it is traditionally made with white rice and moong dal, nowadays people are aware of the ben ....
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