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Last Updated : Dec 20,2017



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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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Happy Cooking!

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Recipe# 4755
11 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
When you want the focus to be on the subzi, then this is the best choice for your Main Course . Soothing yet flavourful, the Ghee Rice combines beautifully with elaborate Subzis / Curries and
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Recipe# 37781
26 Nov 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The Maida Dosa is made with an aromatic and flavourful plain flour batter perked up with coconut, green chillies and a tempering of mustard seeds and curry leaves. The secret of making this dosa lies in moderating the tava’s temperature by sprinkling a little water on it before pouring the batter. U ....
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Recipe# 33393
14 Jan 16

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 by Tarla Dalal
Mumbai is a melting point of cultures, and this Schezuan Chopsuey Dosa is a perfect example of that vibrancy! Take the typical potato stuffing out of the Masala Dosa and replace it with a tongue-tickling Schezuan Chopsuey, and there yo ....
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Recipe# 5661
14 Mar 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A gluten free snack of dosas stuffed with protein and fibre rich sprouts together with antioxidant rich veggies like beetroot, carrots, cabbage and tomatoes. While the dosas make a great alternative to rotis for the gluten-intolerant, the nutritious stuffing is a healthy alternative to starchy potat ....
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Recipe# 32904
18 Jan 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The ideal rasam to serve on a cold winter’s day! Jeera-Pepper Rasam is a good antidote for common cold and feverishness, and many prefer to take a swig of it plain, in a cup, while others prefer to mix it with rice and oodles of ghee.
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Recipe# 32899
20 Aug 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
South Indians often combine roasted dals with sautéed veggies to make delicious chutneys, which go very well with idlis, dosas, puris and just about any snack. To enjoy these chutneys the traditional way, mix them with steaming hot rice topped with a dash of til oil or ghee, and relish with roasted ....
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Recipe# 32668
20 Dec 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, one chutney or the other is usually required to be served – either to accompany idlis , dosas and other tiffin varieties, or as a side dish for rice preparations. With coconu ....
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Recipe# 39085
18 Feb 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A cold bowl of this rice works wonders on hot, humid afternoons. Steamed rice is mashed and mixed with curd into an almost puree like consistency. This is topped with a sizzling mustard seed tempering and a handful of chopped coriander for a healthy, yummy treat.
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Recipe# 22618
23 Mar 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Traditional South Indian fare, and a favourite especially with tamil brahmins, the carrot, cucumber and curd rice is a frequent choice for the ‘tiffin box’! It is really a refreshing dish to prepare on hot summer days to complement a meal of roti and sub ....
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Recipe# 7571
14 Jun 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
A sneaky way to get your children to eat more greens and fibre is to give them nutritious idlis pepped up with vegetables.
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Recipe# 252
23 Sep 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
The combination of onion-green chilli-ginger paste with coconut milk makes paneer in coconut gravy taste like a variety of keralite-stew. It goes well with roti and rice, and is very comforting if served hot, with a generous sprinkling of coriander, on a cold winter’s day!
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Recipe# 2043
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This delicious fudge from South India has a granular texture. Do not be alarmed by the amount of ghee mentioned in the recipe as most of it is drained out at the end of the cooking process.
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Recipe# 3402
23 Jul 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Madras onions or shallots are used extensively in recipes throughout South India. You can use sliced onions, if you wish. You could serve this pickle with rice, spicy vegetable, curries or parathas. This pickle tastes best as soon as its prepared, but you can store it refrigerated for upto 2 weeks. ....
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