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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!

Try Our Other South Indian Recipes…
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78 South Indian Rice Recipes
49 South Indian Sambar Recipes
90 South Indian Sweets Recipes
34 South Indian Vada Recipes
Happy Cooking!

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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# 41964
08 Aug 17

 
Jowar and Pear Appam, Healthy South Indian Snack by Tarla Dalal
The all-time favourite South Indian snack appam features here with a healthy twist. We have combined two wholesome flours with grated pear to make a naturally-sweet batter. Laced with cardamom and honey and cooked with ghee in an appe mould, the Jowar an ....
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Recipe# 41953
01 Aug 17

 
Bread Dosa, Instant Bread Dosa Recipe by Tarla Dalal
An off-beat dosa that everybody will enjoy, even hardcore dosa fans! Made with bread, rice flour and semolina, this Bread Dosa can be made without much pre-planning because you don’t need to ferment the batter. Just mix the ingredients, soak them in curd and blend quickly to get the dosa batter. ....
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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# 32919
02 Aug 17

 
Drumstick Curry, South Indian Drumstick Potato Sabzi by Tarla Dalal
Here is a sweet and spicy drumstick and potato curry made the South Indian way i. e. Flavoured with coconut and whole spices. This curry has a predominant garlic flavour and tastes great with steamed rice . You can als ....
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Recipe# 1684
15 Oct 15

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Quick Rice Dosa by Tarla Dalal
As this dosa requires no soaking or fermenting, it can be prepared in a jiffy when you are in need of a quick meal. The addition of cooked rice makes the dosas soft despite not soaking the raw rice. Quick rice dosa should be had immediately with sambhar and chutney.
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Recipe# 3578
26 Nov 12

 
Sambhar by Tarla Dalal
The aromatic flavours of this traditional South Indian dish are truly irresistible. The speciality of this sambhar is that it is made with minimal oil and loads of vegetables which enhance its nutritive value. When served hot with Nutritious Stuffed Idlis, it makes a meal that is very hard to resi ....
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Recipe# 1655
31 Jul 17

 
Coriander Onion Chutney 
by Tarla Dalal
Both coriander and onion have a strong flavour and aroma, that come together well in this chutney. Tamarind and a selection of spices like asafoetida and red chillies add to the pungency, making sure that the Coriander Onion Chutney really kindles your gastronomic juices. Serve with
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Recipe# 41937
02 Aug 17

 
Rava Vada, Sooji Vada by Tarla Dalal
The Rava Vada is a very popular South Indian snack, which has a unique taste and fabulous texture. Moreover, it is very quick and easy because you do not have to prepare a batter. So, you can make this without any fuss when a sudden guest arrives. The se ....
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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# 41914
07 Jul 17

 
Paal Payasam in A Pressure Cooker, Sweet Milk Rice Kheer Recipe for Onam by Tarla Dalal
Paal Payasam is one of the most traditional kheers of South India. It is served in almost every wedding and other special occasions. The traditional method, which involves cooking the rice in milk in a heavy-bottomed vessel, takes a long time. Hence, we present you with a quick and easy alternat ....
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Recipe# 41383
12 Jan 17

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Malgapodi Powder, South Indian Gun Powder Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Malgapodi is also fondly called ‘gun powder’, which makes it obvious just how fiery it tastes! The spiciness of red chillies combined with the aroma and rich taste of roasted dals and asafoetida makes this South Indian spice powder a really tongue tickling t ....
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Recipe# 32859
20 Aug 13

 
Potato Song by Tarla Dalal
The potato song is inseparable from the cuisine of goa and neighbouring regions along the western coast of india. This simple yet aesthetic dish blends with the idyllic and scenic environment along the coast!
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Recipe# 32892
20 Aug 13

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Chitrana Rice ( South Indian Recipes ) by Tarla Dalal
Another popular traditional rice preparation from karnataka! this is one version of the recipe made using powdered spices. Alternatively, it can also be made by processing the ingredients into a gravy called gojju and then mixing it with cooked rice.
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