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South Indian recipes
Last Updated : Dec 20,2017
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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Mullangi Sambar, South Indian Radish Sambhar by Tarla Dalal
The Mullangi Sambhar is an all-time favourite of the South Indians, especially those in Tamil Nadu where it is made very often.
Being simple and easy, it is an everyday fare. The strong flavour and aroma of radish together with the spiciness of the sambhar masala make this a mouth-watering treat ....
Poha Yellow Moong Dal Dosa by Tarla Dalal
Just like rotis made of different flours have different flavours, dosas made of varied batters also have varied flavours. Not only the taste but the aroma and texture of the dosa also varies according to the ingredients used in the batter.
Some batters need to be fermented while some do not. The ....
Paneer Vegetable Idli by Tarla Dalal
An off-beat idli that’ll delight every diner. Combining crunchy veggies and succulent paneer into a batter of besan and semolina, the Paneer Vegetable Idli is a tasty and handy addition to your cookbook as it’s made with common ingredients and requires no grinding or fermentation.
It is essentia ....
Roasted Chana Dal Chutney, Healthy Chutney by Tarla Dalal
This South Indian
chutney, replete with the nutty flavour of chana dal and the peppy flavour of spices, is sure to add a flavourful dimension to any dish it’s served with.
The Roasted Chana Dal chutney gets its pleasant tang from curds, which also contr ....
Morkuzambu, South Indian Curd Curry by Tarla Dalal
An all-time favourite South Indian
curd curry, the Morkuzhambu is marked by its mild tang, creamy mouth feel and rich taste.
Nevertheless it is quite easy to make and uses common ingredients. It is basically whisked curd flavoured with a semi-spicy cocon ....
Keerai Vadai, Amaranth Leaves Vada by Tarla Dalal
Keerai Vadai is one of the most popular South Indian evening snacks, enjoyed with a hot cup of filter coffee. It is a crispy dal vada, perked up with chopped amaranth leaves.
Along with onions and usual taste enhancers like ginger, coriander and curry leaves, this recipe also includes fennel see ....
Rava Bonda Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Eager to make bonda but in no mood to soak the stuff, grind the batter, and all? Go for this yummy Rava Bonda, which has a fabulously crispy texture and a peppy flavour, all achieved without any complex or time-consuming procedures.
The rava is soaked in curds, perked up with ingredients like on ....
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Foxtail Millet Appe by Jyoti V B
This recipe is a very easy one! It is a healthy breakfast recipe which is diabetic-friendly. The combination of coriander, green chillies and mint with the fenugreek seeds and the batter makes a delectable dish! It can be enjoyed at any time of the day with chutney or ketchup.
24 Jan 18
Ghee Roast Dosa, Crispy Dosa with Milagai Powder by Tarla Dalal
Ghee Roast Dosa is one of the most popular varieties of dosa in South Indian
restaurants. It has the rich aroma of ghee and a wonderful texture that is crisp and golden coloured on the outer side and slightly softer inside.
A sprinkling of malgapodi give ....
22 Jan 18
Dal Rasam, South Indian Toovar Dal Rasam by Tarla Dalal
Dal Rasam or Paruppu Rasam is everyday fare in Tamil Nadu! It made with cooked toovar dal and tomatoes, flavoured with a special rasam powder.
The tamarind water gives a pleasant tang to the rasam, while the semi-spicy rasam powder leaves a warmth on your taste buds.
While making the rasam p ....
12 Jan 18
Capsicum Chutney by Tarla Dalal
Here’s a chutney that will tickle your taste buds and perk up any dish it is served with.
An apt accompaniment for idli, dosa and hot steamed rice, the Capsicum Chutney combines the pungent, mildly spicy flavour of capsicum with the comforting taste of roasted dal, the tanginess of tamarind, the ....
25 Dec 17
Sweet Pongal, Sakkarai Pongal, Chakkarai by Tarla Dalal
God’s favourite offering, and man’s favourite prasad! Yes, the Sweet Pongal has won this contest hands-down.
For generations, South Indians have believed the Sweet Pongal or Sakkarai Pongal to be one of the best offerings to God, as it combines rice and dal with jaggery and spices, all being aus ....
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