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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# 33392
20 Aug 13

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Mysore Masala Dosa ( Mumbai Roadside Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
This is Mumbai’s own version of Mysore Masala Dosa. While the traditional Mysore Masala Dosa features chutney-smeared dosas with a simple potato masala rolled inside it, Mumbai’s street vendors offer a more exotic version, in which crispy dosas are smeared with a sweet, spicy and tangy Mysore chutne ....
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Recipe# 1703
15 Oct 15

 
Stuffed Potato Idli by Tarla Dalal
This unique Stuffed Potato Idli is incomparable to any snack you have ever tasted before – a totally out-of-the-world savoury experience! Each cup in the idli plate is first lined with a layer of semi-spicy potato bhaji, which is topped with idli batter, and then steamed. This causes the bhaji ....
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Recipe# 1653
07 Feb 17

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Coconut Chutney ( Idlis and Dosas) by Tarla Dalal
The Coconut Chutney has a well-rounded flavour that goes well with most variants of Idlis , Dosas , Appe , be it plain, veggie-topped, or more exotic options like Rava Idli or
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Recipe# 32542
20 Feb 14

 
Faraali Idli Sambhar ( Faraali Recipes) by Tarla Dalal
The famous southie snack can be converted into a healthy and delicious faraal snack by making the idlis with sanwa millet and the sambhar with boiled vegetable purée. Serve with peanut curd chutney for an added dash of innovativeness.
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Recipe# 814
16 Mar 17

 
Double Decker Idlis Stuffed with Potato and Chutney by Tarla Dalal
In South India, idli is everyday fare, made once a day or sometimes even more frequently. As a result, nobody gives it a second thought. However, this recipe will make you stop and pay some attention to the versatility of the humble idli. In this yummy recipe, we have cooked the idli batter with ....
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Recipe# 36281
23 Sep 16

 
Stuffed Rava Idli Vegetable Sandwich by Tarla Dalal
An off-beat dish, which gives you the satisfaction of eating a homely idli as well as a scrumptious sandwich. Yes, the Stuffed Rava Idli Vegetable Sandwich is an innovative recipe in which the rava idli batter is layered with grated veggies and green chutney and then steamed. Each mouthful of ....
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Recipe# 38907
23 Sep 13

 
Cabbage Thoren by Tarla Dalal
A signature kerala dish…super easy to make, good to look at, nutritious and delicious are some things going in favour of this dish. Loaded with coconut, usually, here we have used only 2 tbsp and yet maintained the taste.
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Recipe# 1687
16 Mar 17

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Rice Rava Dosa by Tarla Dalal
The Rice Rava Dosa is a really tempting variant of the regular dosa, which does not require any grinding or fermentation. Made of a batter of rice flour and semolina, tempered with onion, coconut and cashew, this quick and easy dosa can be made on any day for breakfast or as a snack. The tem ....
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Recipe# 33413
11 Jan 16

 
Onion Uttapa, Onion Uttapam 
by Tarla Dalal
Uthappa deserves to be called the Indian pizza as it lends itself to several toppings, the most popular being crisp cooked onions. You may also try other combinations such as onion and tomatoes. Usually vendors spread the topping over the uthappam batter and press it in well with their wet fin ....
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Recipe# 1690
15 Oct 15

 
Jaggery Dosa by Tarla Dalal
Easy and quick sweet dosa made with a combination of flours and jaggery, perked up with grated coconut and spiced up with cardamom! This dosa is only mildly sweet, so can be served as a teatime snack, but if you wish, you could make a nice sweet and savoury dosa platter by serving this with re ....
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Recipe# 40389
15 Oct 15

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Rasam Idli, Idli Rasam 
by Tarla Dalal
While most people think of serving idlis with sambhar and chutney, the fact is that there are many more exciting serving options for this versatile South Indian snack. And, one such idea is to combine it with the homely South Indian rasam. Although sam ....
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Recipe# 41578
21 Mar 17

 
Mix Dal and Rice Dosa by Tarla Dalal
Really satiating and super tasty, this Mixed Dal and Rice Dosa is an amazing dish to have for breakfast as it will keep you full for a long time and also give you a good dose of nutrients, especially protein. The batter for this dosa is made by combining rice and whole wheat with four different ....
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Recipe# 32927
20 Aug 13

 
Dosa ( South Indian Recipe) 
by Tarla Dalal
Dosa is as popular in South Indian cuisine as Idli is! Crisp and thin pancakes made of a rice and urad dal batter, dosas are even more exciting than idlis. In fact, while idlis are considered to be an easy, comfortable steamed food, ....
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Recipe# 41546
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French Beans and Carrot Thoran, Kerala Dry Sabzi by Tarla Dalal
‘Thoran’ is a traditional vegetable preparation that is popular in Kerala. It is a dry subzi that can be prepared with many different veggies. In this recipe, we have used a colourful combination of French beans and carrot. First, the veggies are sautéed with onions and an aromatic tempering of ....
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