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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# 40823
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Palak Cheese Dosa by Tarla Dalal
This dosa is so tasty and cheesy and scrumptious that it could well be a strong competitor for pizzas! Palak Cheese Dosa is an innovative recipe that features buttery dosas layered with a paste of palak, cheese, onions, tomatoes and other taste-givers, followed by a topping of grated cheese. Fol ....
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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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Recipe# 41859
13 Jun 17

 
Mangalorean Tendli and Chana Masala by Tarla Dalal
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This tendli preparation is truly packed with punch! While boiled kala chana adds an interesting textural dimension to the dish, a special masala paste made of spices, coconut, tamarind and other ingredients gives it a fabulous blast of flavour. The paste has a spicy and tangy flavour, which seep ....
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Recipe# 41367
13 Jun 17

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Instant Whole Wheat Vegetable Dosa, Atte ka Chila by Tarla Dalal
If you are used to hurried mornings, then this recipe will soon become your best friend! No need to grind, no need to ferment, but these delicious dosas will be on the table in minutes! A quick batter of whole wheat flour, loaded with miscellaneous veggies, green chillies for spice and coriander ....
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Recipe# 2562
03 Jun 17

 
Coconut Vegetable Curry with Coconut Rice by Tarla Dalal
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This exotic Coconut Vegetable Curry with Coconut Rice is a flavour-packed treat that will remain etched in your memory for ever! Rice that has been cooked with coconut milk and spices is served with a spicy vegetable curry that is flavoured with a rich masala paste. Assorted veggies add a splash ....
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Recipe# 41796
30 May 17

 
Ripe Mango Curry, Mangalorean Ripe Mango Curry by Tarla Dalal
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With ripe mangoes, you think of making everything from ice-cream and smoothies to fruit salads and muffins – everything except a savoury curry, right? Just think – why not? Savoury and spicy, at the same time tangy and sweet, the Ripe Mango Curry is one in a million. Exotic but dashingly tasty, ....
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Recipe# 32882
23 May 17

 
Drumstick Pickle, South Indian Pickle by Tarla Dalal
A very different and unusual pickle from the kitchens of South India, the Drumstick Pickle is perfectly spiced and 100% sure to tickle your taste buds. Sautéed drumstick pieces are allowed to marinate in a tangy and spicy base that includes tamarind pulp, asafoetida and a freshly-ground masala p ....
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Recipe# 22366
22 May 17

 
Avial, South Indian Curry 
by Tarla Dalal
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This mouth-watering South Indian curry is nothing short of a delicacy with its unusual combination of veggies, flavoured aesthetically with a mildly-spiced coconut paste. Do not chop the veggies too finely when making Avial, because the veggies should re ....
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Recipe# 41779
20 May 17

 
Tava Chana Dal Vadas by Tarla Dalal
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Chana Dal Vada, with its crunchy texture and satiating homely flavour is an all-time favourite South Indian snack, commonly served as a starter at parties. W ....
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Recipe# 40481
13 May 17

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How To Make A Perfect Dosa Batter 
by Tarla Dalal
Perfect dosas are a matter of pride, and this requires the perfect dosa batter! Two things are important when making the batter. One is the proportion of rice to urad and the other is the consistency of the batter. In this procedure, we use a combination of raw rice and par-boiled rice to get cr ....
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Recipe# 32834
10 May 17

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Poha Idli ( How To Make Poha Idli ) by Tarla Dalal
The super soft, super fluffy Poha Idli is sure to steal your hearts! You will find that the batter for this idli is pretty easy to make because we have used a combination of rice semolina and poha instead of whole idli rice. So, the rice portion of the batter will be ready in a jiffy. Then, you need ....
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Recipe# 41761
09 May 17

 
Flaxseeds Dry Chutney, South Indian Flax Seeds Podi by Tarla Dalal
Dry chutney powder, usually made with dals and red chillies, just got healthier in this all-new avtar. The traditional South Indian recipe has been tweaked to incorporate flax seeds instead of dals. Some cumin seeds have also been added to the formula to ....
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Recipe# 38629
09 May 17

 
Soya Upma, Gluten Free Recipe 
by Tarla Dalal
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People with celiac disease cannot eat upma which is usually made from rava, a wheat based product. This innovative and easy-to-make upma recipe replaces rava with soya granules with great results! You can also try other gluten free snacks like
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Recipe# 41758
06 May 17

 
Oats and Spring Onion Appe, Diabetic Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Appe is an evergreen South Indian snack made with a batter of rice and urad. The ball-shaped appe tempt the diner with a crispy, golden-coloured surface that gives way to a soft and fluffy centre. The Oats and Spring Onion Appe is a smart diabetic-friend ....
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