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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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Recipe# 32894
20 Aug 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This traditional spicy rice dish from karnataka is quite addictive – served piping hot topped with lots of ghee and accompanied by fried papads and a cool raita, it is almost impossible to say no to! improvise by adding field beans, peas, kidney beans or other legumes along with the vegetables, for ....
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Recipe# 33026
20 Aug 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Mini sprouts uttapa; the nursing mother will find this quick and easy snack both nutritious and delicious. Using sprouted pulses substantially increases the vitamin c and b complex, iron, calcium and protein content. With very little oil, the uttapas make a great low-cal evening snack.
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Recipe# 30853
16 May 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A yummy south Indian snack put together with a blend of pulses that are rich in B-complex vitamins, especially vitamin B1 and folic acid. Fermenting these dals increases their nutrient content making this recipe a nutritious nibble for young, growing brains
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Recipe# 31072
01 Jan 1999

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Sundal is a favourite with young and old alike in South India. Tossing this healthy snack with cooked rice turns out a quick, easy and filling meal!
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Recipe# 22500
21 Jan 12

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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The distinct taste of Kerala comes alive in this subtly spiced subzi. The onions and coconut give this gravy a mild crunchy texture and whole red chillies make it a spicy delicacy. Feel free to adjust the amount of chillies to your liking.
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Recipe# 32480
12 Mar 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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A ballet of vegetables and dal, this healthy combination cooked along with a coconut paste. Go for any choice of veggies such as white pumpkin, cabbage etc. You can top with tempering of oil, mustard seeds and curry leaves to give a refreshing feel to the kootu. Whistles: 2 high
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Recipe# 32886
20 Aug 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Perhaps the healthiest of payasam recipes, this is an interesting way to give your family a vitamin a rich health boost!
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Recipe# 32913
15 Jul 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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This is a gravy-like dish made using pumpkins and dal. Other vegetables like chow-chow, snake-gourd, cabbage, carrots etc can also be cooked this way. Normally, a traditional South Indian meal will definitely include one dry curry and one kootu. A good ac ....
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Recipe# 32917
02 Aug 17

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Kalan is a spicy, curd-based gravy recipe from Kerala. However, follow these instructions closely and take care not to overheat the dish, as the curds will separate and leave you with quite an unpalatable dish if you cook it on a high flame. If done right, however, this dish is sure to transport ....
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Recipe# 32918
02 Aug 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Rasavangy literally means brinjals in a fluid gravy. While it is a traditional South Indian recipe, many believe that it demonstrates a strong Maharashtrian influence perhaps because of the selection of spices, or b ....
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Recipe# 32915
15 Jul 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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This is the South Indian counterpart of kadi. It can be prepared with various vegetables like ladies finger, white pumpkin, capsicum, colocasia etc. Try other curries such as Mixed Vegetable Kuzhambu ,
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Recipe# 32803
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Straight from the kitchens of andhra pradesh, this delicacy is extremely liked and very frequently consumed there. 'pappu' means dal in telegu and has been combined here with gongura and moong dal.
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Recipe# 32836
20 Aug 13

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 by Tarla Dalal
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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# 32848
20 Aug 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Thattai is a savoury snack from south india that is easy to make, as it does not require any specific moulds etc. With basic ingredients and your hands as tools, you can produce a culinary delight.
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