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Last Updated : Dec 20,2017



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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# 1654
15 Oct 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The Tomato Chutney is a tongue-tickling accompaniment that is perfect to have with idlis and dosas. Although it takes a few minutes to prepare, many people prefer to make it often because it is faster than grating a coconut, plus it has a holistic flavour that eliminates the need for sambhar a ....
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Recipe# 41331
23 Dec 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A timeless culinary treasure from the kitchens of Kerala, Puttu is one of the healthiest breakfasts you can think of! Made of steamed rice flour and grated coconut, Puttu has a unique taste and texture, which comes from the special container that it is steamed in. Traditionally, Puttu was steame ....
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Recipe# 32896
21 Dec 17

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Ven Pongal is South India’s equivalent of the North Indian khichdi. Cooked rice and moong dal are flavoured with ginger, crushed peppercorns and cumin seeds, and garnished with ghee-roasted cashew nuts and curry leaves. Ven Pongal has a unique flavour and consistency, which are rich yet soothing ....
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Recipe# 32888
25 Dec 17

 
 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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Recipe# 32909
20 Aug 13

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by Tarla Dalal
Avial is a dish that originated in kerala, but gained an equal fanfare in tamilnadu as well. Rare is the wedding or festive menu that does not include avial! the key to making excellent avial is to pay equal attention to the visual appeal – vegetables with contrasting colours such as carrot, beans, ....
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Recipe# 32837
20 Feb 17

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
An easy to make counterpart of the traditional dosa ! These crisp dosas are made with a batter of semolina and buttermilk. Since the batter does not have to be fermented for long, this is an ideal dish to serve the sudden guest! Also try other
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Recipe# 42039
31 Aug 17

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 by Tarla Dalal
Quick and easy snack made with idli batter, the Masala Appe is worth calling as Magic Appe, because it’s superb texture and amazing flavour make it a great hit with everybody. Something that combines convenience and taste is always a welcome addition to our knowledge bank! All you need to do is ....
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Recipe# 42242
27 Nov 17

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Ela Ada is a traditional sweet delicacy from Kerala, made by steaming stuffed rice flour pancakes wrapped in a banana leaf. Here, we have shown the Ela Ada with a coconut and jaggery stuffing. On special occasions, it may also be made with a stuffing of sweetened jackfruit pulp. Ela means le ....
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Recipe# 42312
22 Dec 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Pongal Kootu is a tongue-tickling mixed vegetable curry made during Makar Sankaranthi or Pongal in South India. It is made with local vegetables that are in season at the cusp of winter and spring. This curry brings togethe ....
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Recipe# 34564
14 Dec 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Vegetables in Coconut Curry or Valval is a classic mixed vegetable preparation from the Western coastal region, where coconuts grow in plenty and are used abundantly in the cuisine. Here, an assortment of colourful and juicy veggies is flavoured simply with green chillies and cumin seeds and coo ....
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Recipe# 4665
11 Sep 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Rice and Moong Dal Idli is a variant of the most popular South Indian snack, Idli, which is traditionally made with rice and urad dal. The well-tested proportions of rice and green moong dal used in this recipe result in a pleasant texture, taste and colour, which will be loved by all your family me ....
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Recipe# 37276
02 Oct 15

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by Tarla Dalal
With its brilliant flavour and nice, flaky texture, Rava Idli is something like upma in idli form, so you get the best of both worlds. Since it is steamed, it is easier to digest than upma, has a convenient form factor for serving as well as packing, and stays soft and humid for longer. The batter f ....
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Recipe# 32927
20 Aug 13

 
 
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# 33390
20 Aug 13

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 by Tarla Dalal
A tried-and-tested recipe that serves as a wholesome answer to the hungry palate! a thin crisp dosa, engulfed in a spicy potato bhaji.
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