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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# 40176
18 Jan 16

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Here’s an innovative twist to one of South India’s most traditional recipes! In this unique Sweet Idli recipe, the idli batter is layered with a pooran of moong dal, coconut and jaggery flavoured mildly with cardamom powder. Once steamed, this gives rise to soft, fluffy idlis with a pleasantly ....
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Recipe# 1692
15 Oct 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A South Indian dish, popular especially in Karnataka, Tousali refers to pancakes that invariably combine rice, coconut and cucumber. This peppy version adds a few tablespoons of curds and green chillies to the batter, making a really lip-smacking Spicy ....
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Recipe# 1691
15 Oct 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Tousali typically refers to pancakes made with a batter of rice, coconut and cucumber. While Tousali can be spicy or sweet, this mildly sweet version that includes jaggery is a real winner because of its rustic aroma and flavour. The appetizing aroma of jaggery intensifies when cooked with ghe ....
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Recipe# 1709
26 Nov 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Traditional idlis get a facelift with this exciting spinach stuffing! A flavourful and colourful mixture of spinach and onions is cooked between layers of idli batter to make a spongy, tasty delight that combines beautifully with chutney and sambhar. Make sure the spinach mixture is completely cool ....
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Recipe# 1679
15 Oct 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A well-proportioned batter of raw rice and urad dal is fermented, tempered and cooked in an appe mould, to get dainty, fluffy and flavour-packed Rice Appe. Easy to make, but a bit more exotic than idlis and dosas, the Rice Appe is popular in South India as an evening snack, served with sambhar ....
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Recipe# 1658
04 Nov 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Coconut and jaggery, perked up with cardamom, is an all-time favourite in Konkan cuisine, especially as an accompaniment for Neer Dosa. Not only that, this popular combination known by different names like Churna, Pooran, Poornam, and so on, is popular all over south India and the western coas ....
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Recipe# 1671
25 Nov 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A mouth-watering presentation of dosas rolled up with scrumptious potato bhaji, slit diagonally, and topped with soothing coconut sauce. Incidentally, it is not just the masaledar potato bhaji that adds flavour to the Dosa Lasagne, but also the coconut sauce, which features a unique blend of coconut ....
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Recipe# 1668
25 Nov 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Let a spoonful of this creamy Coconut Sauce rest on your palate for a few seconds and you will be amazed by the varied flavours it has. From the spiciness of green chillies to the tanginess of the lemon juice, from the aromatic lure of curry leaves to the mellow soothing flavour of coconut milk, thi ....
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Recipe# 1700
15 Oct 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Soft and spongy, this sumptuous dish is perfect for breakfast A very popular offering in South Indian restaurants, Set Dosa is a snack of fluffy, melt-in-the-mouth dosas, which are named so because they are usually ser ....
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Recipe# 34563
22 Feb 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
You can make quick, non-greasy uttappams in the microwave. Since this curd and semolina-based variety does not require fermentation, you can choose it to quench an unexpected hunger pang. Using sour curds ensures soft and spotted uttappams, just like the original.
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Recipe# 1685
15 Oct 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
When children come home after school in South India and peek into the kitchen to see what is waiting for them, the answer they yearn for is “Moru Moru Dosa” or crisp dosa! This recipe shows you a quick-fix fermented dosa recipe, which tastes even better than the regular fermented batter dosa ....
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Recipe# 4367
16 May 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Chana Ghassi and a bowlful of steamed rice – now, that’s what I’d call a homely and sumptuous meal! Dry roasted spices and coconut make a wonderful masala to flavour boiled kala chana, which has a rich yet soothing flavour and texture due to the interplay of mellow coconut with aromatic spices. Make ....
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Recipe# 4355
16 May 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Pulusu is a popular preparation style in Andhra cooking, and basically features greens, vegetables or other ingredients in a tamarind-based gravy. A remarkable flavour derived from minimal ingredients and a simple procedure makes the Yam and Spinach Pulusu a great hit with everybody. The pulusu gets ....
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Recipe# 36417
23 Aug 11

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 by Tarla Dalal
This recipe combines the best of south Indian snacks like pesarattu and dosa with the goodness of whole moong, resulting in a wholesome and filling snack option. The use of whole moong offers culinary and nutritious benefits. While its rich fibre content helps lower cholesterol levels, it also gives ....
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