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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
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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Cucumber and Carrot Curd Brown Rice, Low Salt Recipe by Tarla Dalal
On a busy day, a simple bowl of curd rice can come to your rescue by satiating your tummy and keeping you fit! We have enhanced the health quotient of this simple South Indian
recipe by making it using brown rice rather than white rice.
A few low-sodium ....
18 Aug 17
Bulgur Wheat Pongal, Low Salt Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Next only to Idli and Dosa, Pongal is amongst the most popular breakfast recipes in South India.
Usually made of rice and moong dal, cooked and spiced up with pepper and cumin seeds, Pongal is quite sumptuous and ensures that you don’t get hungry till lunch time!
We have made this popular re ....
17 Aug 17
Seedai, South Indian Jar Snack by Tarla Dalal
Seedai is a super popular South Indian
jar snack, which is inseparable from Janmashtami celebrations in Tamil Nadu. Every household makes a batch of tiny, ball-shaped seedais by deep-frying a dough of rice and urad flours with butter and spices, to offer to ....
17 Aug 17
Baked Ribbon Sev, South Indian Jar Snack by Tarla Dalal
Ribbon sev, made of rice flour and besan is one of the most popular jar snacks in South India. We bring you this famous snack, albeit in a healthier form.
Made from a dough of besan and whole wheat flour spruced up with a dash of spices, this Baked Ribbon Sev is so healthy and equally tasty! You ....
14 Aug 17
Thattai Recipe, Baked Thattai, Jar Snack by Tarla Dalal
Thattai is one of the most popular South Indian
jar snacks, and one that is used as a benchmark for a person’s cooking prowess. The traditional Thattai is made with a dough of roasted rice flour, a dash of urad flour and a couple of flavourful seasonings. Th ....
14 Aug 17
Onion Tomato Rava Uttapa by Tarla Dalal
Tasty Onion Tomato Rava Uttapa is a versatile dish that can be made for breakfast or supper, or as an evening snack for kids. Interestingly, this recipe is not a quick-fix that uses soda to rise the batter, nor does it require planning the previous day, as an hour is all that it takes for the semoli ....
12 Aug 17
Akki Roti, Karnataka Rice Flour Roti by Tarla Dalal
Akki Roti is an all-time favourite snack in traditional Kannada households, where it is made for breakfast or evening tiffin.
It is a quick and easy recipe, which does not require grinding or fermenting any batters. A soft dough of rice flour, perked up with veggies, ginger, green chillies and c ....
12 Aug 17
Mangalore Banana Puri, Mangalore Buns, Kele ki Puri by Tarla Dalal
A traditional tea-time
treat from Mangalore, the Banana Puri is a delightful dish that you must try at least once.
The mild fruity sweetness of the Mangalore Banana Puri is just awesome and tastes great with a cup of piping hot tea ....
12 Aug 17
10 Aug 17
Gongura Chutney, Ambada Chutney, Andhra Style Pachdi by Tarla Dalal
Gongura is one of the most famous greens used in Andhra Pradesh. It has a unique flavour that is naturally tangy and slightly tart – just perfect to make a tongue-tickling chutney.
Gongura leaves are cooked with spices and flavour-enhancing ingredients like tomatoes and garlic and then blended i ....
10 Aug 17
Gongura Pulihor Recipe, Andhra Style Pulao by Tarla Dalal
Gojjus or pastes are a popular component of Andhra cuisine. These spicy pastes, made with a combination of greens, veggies and spices are sautéed with rice to make a quick, pulao like dish.
It is part of their everyday cuisine. This particular Gongura Pulihor is made of rice mixed with a spicy p ....
09 Aug 17
Rava Pongal, South Indian Breakfast Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Pongal is a traditional South Indian
breakfast made with cooked rice and moong dal, perked up with spices and ginger. Another authentic treat, the Rava Pongal is a super tasty variant that replaces rice with rava.
Some people prefer the Rava Pongal to th ....
09 Aug 17
Kerala Parippu, Kerala Dal, Onam Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Simple yet rich, the Kerala Parippu is something beyond explanation – an experience to be savoured. This authentic Kerala dal recipe uses common, everyday ingredients, yet it is addictively tasty when had with freshly steamed rice
Cooked moong dal is flavoured ....
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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