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South Indian recipes
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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18 Oct 17
Mysore Bonda, South Indian Snack by Tarla Dalal
An awesome snack from the ever-busy kitchens of Mysore, the Mysore Bonda is a deep-fried fritter made of plain flour, rice flour and curds, perked up with a range of appropriate taste givers like ginger and green chillies.
This traditional snack, a specialty of Karnataka, has a beautifully reddi ....
16 Oct 17
Curd Upma, Breakfast Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Upma made with semolina is one of the most famous breakfast dishes in India. We have tweaked the traditional recipe slightly, by cooking the roasted rava in a mixture of curds and water instead of just water.
This gives a nice consistency and pleasant, rustic tang to the upma. This, in fact, use ....
13 Oct 17
Sambhar Rice, Sambar Sadam by Tarla Dalal
A traditional one-dish meal
from the kitchens of Tamil Nadu, the Sambhar Rice is enjoyed so much by them that it is made on special occasions as well as lazy weekends!
They need no reason or occasion to make Sambhar Rice – if they feel like it, ....
13 Oct 17
Omapodi Recipe, South Indian Plain Sev Diwali Snack by Tarla Dalal
Omapodi is an all-time favourite jar snack in Tamil Nadu. It has withstood the test of time and continues to delight generations of South Indians!
It draws a parallel with the North Indian sev, but the flavour of ajwain sets the Omapodi apart from regular sev. In fact, ‘omam’ means ajwain in Tam ....
13 Oct 17
Broken Wheat Upma, Healthy Breakfast Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Broken Wheat Upma, as the name suggests is a nutrient-rich wheat based upma. While the broken wheat brings in loads of dietary fibre and energy, carrot and green peas bring along a wealth of nutrients, especially vitamin A.
The veggies also add crunch to an otherwise soft upma. You may also add ....
11 Oct 17
11 Oct 17
Cheese Burst Dosa, Snack by Tarla Dalal
If the name makes you assume it is another one of those cheese stuffed dosas, you are in for a surprise as this is a notch higher. Lined with cheese and drowned in a milky cheese mixture, it is cheesier than you can imagine.
Add to this a scrumptious Schezuan style stuffing and you get an absolu ....
11 Oct 17
Oats Adai, Oats Spinach Pancake by Tarla Dalal
Adai is one of the most popular South Indian
snacks. It is a slightly thicker pancake compared to dosas, and is made with a spicy batter of rice and pulses.
Here, we have made a modern variant using crushed oats. The Oats Adai is quick and easy to make, ....
27 Sep 17
Bread Uttapam Recipe, Instant Breakfast by Tarla Dalal
Sometimes we crave for a snack but realise that alas, we have not prepared for it earlier! When you feel such a strong desire to have a hot and fluffy uttapam but do not have the batter on hand, go for this instant version, made with a batter of bread and semolina!
It tastes and feels just as go ....
26 Sep 17
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 sambh ....
25 Sep 17
Sabudana Dosa by Tarla Dalal
It is common to make dosa out of ingredients like rice, beaten rice or semolina combined with urad dal. We tried adding sabudana to the equation and it turned out absolutely awesome!
These dosas are crisp, golden-hued and super tasty. Let’s share this innovative recipe with you. Use the exact pr ....
22 Sep 17
Instant Oats Dosa by Tarla Dalal
A couple of readily-available, everyday ingredients come together to make a quick and easy dosa.
The Instant Oats Dosa, as the name suggests, does not require you to grind and ferment a batter. Just mix together oats and a couple of other ingredients with curds, throw in some onions, green chilli ....
21 Sep 17
Chitranna Rice ( South Indian Recipes ) by Tarla Dalal
Chitranna is a very popular South Indian recipe, which is considered very auspicious and made on festival days as an offering to God. People don’t mind standing in long queues to get their share of Chitranna prasad at temples. Owing to the ease of making it and the convenience of being a one-dish me ....
19 Sep 17
Brown Rice Neer Dosa, Without Fermentation by Tarla Dalal
Neer Dosa is a special, indigenous recipe from Karnataka, which has a wonderful taste and unique texture despite being made of a plain rice batter!
Yes, it might be hard to believe but the batter for these soft, thin, homely pancakes is made of just rice and salt. This gives the Neer Dosa a very ....
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