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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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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 ....
15 Oct 15
Tomato Chutney ( Idlis and Dosas) 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 ....
23 Dec 16
Puttu, Kerala Homemade Rice Puttu for Breakfast 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 ....
21 Dec 17
Ven Pongal, South Indian Breakfast 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 ....
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 ....
20 Aug 13
Avial ( South Indian Recipes) 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, ....
20 Feb 17
Rava Dosa, How To Make Rava Dosa 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!
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Masala Appe, Masala Paniyaram, Made From Idli Batter 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 ....
27 Nov 17
Ela Ada Recipe, Sweet Rice Pancake 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 ....
22 Dec 17
Pongal Kootu, South Indian Mixed Vegetable Curry 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 ....
14 Dec 17
Vegetables in Coconut Curry, Karwar Style Valval Recipe 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 ....
11 Sep 14
Rice and Moong Dal Idli 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 ....
02 Oct 15
Quick Rava Idli ( Tiffin Treats) 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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