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Last Updated : Dec 04,2021



दक्षिण भारतीय व्यंजन - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (South Indian recipes in Hindi)
દક્ષિણ ભારતીય વ્યંજન - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (South Indian recipes in Gujarati)

South Indian recipes | South Indian dishes, food |

South Indian Cuisine – Awesome, Awe-Inspiring Variety. South Indian Recipes, 950 South Indian Dishes, Food Recipes. An acquaintance had this irksome habit of referring to all South Indians as “Madrasis”. And one fine day she stopped saying so. In an attempt to quell my curiosity I asked – and got to know that after a tour of South India she realised there is so much diversity down South that it is just not fair to generalise – the best example being South Indian cuisine. South Indian cuisine and food habits are so varied that it is common for a person to feel lost in the menu of a neighbouring state. Say, when a person from Tamil Nadu attends a wedding in Andhra Pradesh, it is a common trick to keep an eye on the next person’s plate or banana leaf, to figure out what order and in what combinations the food is to be consumed!

Tiffin - Much more than idlis and dosas

Idli
Idli

When one mentions South Indian food, idli, dosa and vada are the first dishes that come to one’s mind – and it’s fair enough because these dishes are popular in all the South Indian states. It is a daring risk to venture into the question of which state they originated in – so we will not touch upon that, but the fact remains that these are much-loved foods all over South India. Served with the quintessential Sambhar and Chutney, this “tiffin” platter is enjoyed any time of the day – for breakfast, evening snacks or dinner.

Pongal Kootu
Pongal Kootu

A word that the British introduced us to, tiffin refers to snacks that are neither too light nor too heavy, and can be relished at any time of the day! When it comes to tiffin, there is a lot of similarity amongst the South Indian states, and we find many common favourites like idli, dosa, vada, uttapam, upma and pongal. Apart from these, each state has its unique offerings too – like the paniyaram and adai of Tamil Nadu, the aapam, puttu, avial and kadala curry of Kerala, neer dosa, kadubu, benne dosa and rava idli of Karnataka and pesarattu of Andhra. Apart from Sambhar, tiffin is usually served with chutneys like coconut chutney, coriander chutney, tomato chutney, etc., or dry chutney powders like the idli milagai podi or curry leaves powder.

Lunch – rice is special for South Indians

Curd RiceCurd Rice

Rice holds a special position in the South Indian kitchen. More than a mere ingredient, rice or annam is given a divine connotation and treated with respect. In all South Indian states, rice is the staple grain served during lunch time. Some prefer to use raw rice, while others opt for parboiled or boiled varieties. Rice lovers that they are, South Indians can often tell the difference between rice grown in various regions and different river beds! At lunch time, the rice is freshly steamed and served hot with a spread of dal-based curries and vegetables. There is a lot of difference in the items served during lunch time, and the order in which they are served.
 

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Recipes

PesarattuPesarattu

Lunch is dominated by rice, which is served with dollops of ghee and a range of curries and dals. Depending on whether it’s a normal day or a special occasion, the number of items served may vary. When you see the word ‘pappu’ in a dish’s name, you can understand that it comprises dal. It may be plain or combined with veggies. Usually, a meal begins with rice mixed with pappu and enjoyed with a spicy oorgaya (pickle). Other main course dishes are koora (dry or semi-dry subzi), pulusu (sour and tangy gravy made of tamarind, tomatoes, sour curd or raw mangoes), pachadi (a spicy and saucy accompaniment), charu or rasam (a thin, soupy dish that is mixed with rice), curds, and so on. Pulihore, a peppy rice preparation with tamarind and spices, is much-loved by the Telugu folks and everyone who tastes it!
 

Karnataka Recipes

Tomato GojjuTomato Gojju

A regular meal consists of vegetable preparations, a dal based preparation like sambhar, and saaru or rasam, ending with majjige (buttermilk). Kannadigas also love gojju, a featuring a unique blend of sweet, spicy and tangy notes. There are also one-dish meals like the Bisi Bele Bath, a hot and spicy rice preparation, made of rice, dal and veggies flavoured with a special masala and tamarind pulp. Karnataka within itself has several sub-cuisines like Udupi, Mangalore and Mysore, and a discerning diner can easily tell the difference between these.

South Indian Recipes, Kerala

Quick IdiyappamQuick Idiyappam

Don’t be fooled by the simple food that the Keralites have on a normal day – visit them on a festive occasion to experience the mind-boggling variety of the state’s cuisine. Kerala food is rich in all things coconuty! From coconut milk to grated coconut and coconut-based spice pastes, it is used in every possible form to make vegetable and curd-based curries. Yellow banana and jackfruit are also used abundantly in the region to make crispies, curries and desserts.
 

South Indian Recipes, Tamil Nadu

More KuzhambuMore Kuzhambu

Different regions of Tamil Nadu have different styles of cooking, the popular strains being Tanjore, Tirunelveli, North Arcot and Chettinad. However, a three-course lunch broadly consists of rice served with sambhar and/ or mor kuzhambu, then rasam and finally curd, accompanied by a range of vegetable dishes. If lunch is had out of a dabba, people often opt for what is colloquially known as ‘mixed rice’ or ‘variety rice’. Tomato Rice, Tamarind Rice, Sambhar Rice, Curd Rice and Peanut Rice are some of the common options. On special days, vada, kheer and pachadi (raita) are also served with lunch.

Sweets and savouries for South Indians

Ela Ada Recipe
Ela Ada Recipe

Like the rest of the country, South India also loves sweets and snacks! From the Ela Ada and Unni Appam of Kerala to the Kajjikaylu of Andhra Pradesh, the Jangiri and Chakkarai Pongal of Tamil Nadu, and the Obbuttu and Mysore Pak of Karnataka, each sweet delight has a culinary anecdote to tell with distinct flavours, native ingredients and exclusive cooking techniques.

Mysore Bonda
Mysore Bonda

Snacks are also an integral part of the South Indian food scene – they are enjoyed at practically any time of the day but mostly in the evening with a cup of hot coffee or tea. It is amazing how they never tire of having a steaming hot cuppa however sweltering the weather might be! But then, nothing can complement a Masala Vada, Mysore Bonda or Plantain Bajji as well as a cup of South Indian filter coffee or Chukku Kaapi (a tea of dried ginger and spices). Keralites enjoy snacking on steamed yellow bananas and Kattan Chaai (black tea).

Every kitchen in South India is also well-stocked with pickles, dry chutney powders, vadams and papads (that can be roasted or deep-fried), which are served in perfect combos to make a simple meal seem like a special treat!

The magic of the South Indian tempering

Homemade Rasam PowderHomemade Rasam Powder

If you are going to experiment with South Indian cooking, your kitchen needs to be stocked with rice, tamarind (or kokum), sambhar powder and rasam powder, ghee and cooking oils like groundnut, coconut or sesame oils. More importantly, you need to get your masala box or ‘anjarai petti’ (literally five-compartment box, although the modern ones have seven) 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. These ingredients in different combinations are used to make masalas for South Indian curries. Sometimes, they are ground raw, while sometimes they are roasted and ground. The method and proportions give each dish a distinctly different flavour even when the same ingredients are used. That said, the final master stroke in most South Indian dishes is the zesty tempering of mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves, which gives the food a trademark South Indian seal!
 

More food stories to tell from each nook and corner

Each nook and corner of Tamil Nadu has a different food story to tell, and we realise now that it’s a mistake to try and cover it all in one article, so we urge you to read more about each of these cuisines (Andhra and Telangana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka) and recreate the magic in your own kitchen using our authentic recipes. In India there is so much variety in each cuisine that it is difficult for an individual to entirely master their own cuisine. Just when you think you know all your native foods, someone busts the misconception and widens your horizon by sharing yet another treasure! While we focus on our own cuisines, we should also try and set aside at least a day every week to try the culinary gems from other Indian regions, so that we grow to appreciate the unity in diversity.

Enjoy our South Indian Recipes, 950 South Indian Dishes, Food Recipes and other South Indian Recipe articles below.

30+Karnataka Cuisine
15+Kerala Cuisine
20+Tamil Nadu Cuisine
10+South Indian Appe
125+South Indian Breakfast
45+South Indian Chutney
175+South Indian Curries / Subzis
125+South Indian Dosa
125+South Indian Idlis
10+South Indian Pachadi, Raita
5 South Indian Pickle
10+South Indian Podis
55+South Indian Rasam
50+South Indian Sambar
45+South Indian Snacks
90+South Indian Sweets
15 South Indian Uttapam
35+South Indian Vada


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Crispy Paper Dosa
Recipe# 1699
12 Nov 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
paper dosa recipe | crispy paper dosa | South Indian paper dosa | restaurant style paper dosa | with 16 amazing images. Paper dosa is made from a batter of raw ri ....
Moong Dal Dosa  (  Idlis and Dosas )
Recipe# 1698
10 Nov 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
moong dal dosa recipe | moong dosa | green moong dal dosa | South Indian moong dal dosa | moong dal dosa is an easy to make South Indian delicacy which requires o ....
Medu Vada ( South Indian Recipe)
Recipe# 32683
11 Nov 21

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by Tarla Dalal
medu vada | south indian medu vada | urad dal vada | garelu vada | uzhunnu vada | with 20 amazing images. To make medu vada, urad dal i ....
Mini Rava Uttapam, Sada Sooji Uttapam
Recipe# 37911
11 Nov 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
mini rava uttapam recipe | sada sooji uttapam | masala rava uttapam | instant vegetable rava uttapam | with 36 amazing images. mini rava uttapam recipe |
Sooji Idli ( Suji Idli)
Recipe# 1384
11 Nov 21

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by Tarla Dalal
sooji idli | instant rava idli | suji idli | instant suji ki idli | with 16 amazing images. sooji idli requires no fermenting or grinding and hence called
Tomato Coconut Chutney
Recipe# 3409
27 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
tomato coconut chutney recipe | coconut tomato chutney | South Indian tomato coconut chutney | with amazing 14 images. tomato coconut chutney recipe is a South Indian to ....
Sambar Recipe, South Indian Homemade Sambar Recipe
Recipe# 1557
28 Sep 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
sambar recipe | South Indian sambar recipe | homemade sambhar recipe | how to make sambar | with 20 amazing images. Sambar is a definite part of
Wheat Dosa, Godhuma Dosa Recipe
Recipe# 22272
06 Oct 21

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by Tarla Dalal
wheat dosa recipe | godhuma dosa recipe | instant wheat flour dosa | healthy atta dosa | with 24 amazing images. wheat dosa recipe | godhuma d ....
Coconut Rice, South Indian Coconut Rice
Recipe# 32890
16 Sep 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
coconut rice recipe | South Indian coconut rice | nariyal chawal | easy coconut rice Indian recipe | with 28 amazing images. coconut rice recipe |
Baked Ribbon Sev, South Indian Jar Snack
Recipe# 41971
12 Oct 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Ribbon sev, made of rice flour and besan is one of the most popular jar snacks in South India. We bring you this famous snack, albeit in a healthier form. Made from a dough of besan and whole wheat flour spruced up with a dash of spices, this Baked Ribbon Sev is so healthy and equally tasty! You ....
Tomato Chutney  (  Idlis and Dosas)
Recipe# 1654
13 Sep 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
tomato chutney recipe | tomato chutney for idlis, dosas, uttapas | tangy South Indian tomato chutney for chapatis and puris | with 18 amazing images The tomato chutney is a tongue-tickling ....
Pesarattu
Recipe# 1688
07 Sep 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
When you are in Andhra Pradesh, you must try their famous whole green moong dosas, known as Pesarattu. On the other hand, you can try it right away in your own kitchen! These delicious green gram dosas include a little bit of rice for crispness, as well as green chillies and ginger for an eleg ....
South Indian Filter Coffee, Filter Coffee Recipe
Recipe# 40622
06 Sep 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
filter coffee recipe | South Indian filter coffee recipe | kaapi | Kumbakonam degree coffee | Mylapore filter coffee | Madras kaapi | with ....
Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe
Recipe# 32893
03 Sep 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
curd rice recipe | South Indian curd rice | dahi chawal | thayir sadam | with 20 amazing images. Just like khichdi is to Gujarati, rajma chawal is to Punjabi, the curd rice is to South-Indi ....
Ridge Gourd Upkari
Recipe# 4369
01 Sep 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Upkari, prepared almost daily in Konkani households, is a flavourful way of stir-frying veggies, with a traditional tempering and addition of grated coconut. In this recipe, you will discover how to quickly and easily prepare Ridge Gourd Upkari. Ensure that the mustard seeds splutter well when you t ....
Poha Yellow Moong Dal Dosa
Recipe# 42455
31 Aug 21

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by Tarla Dalal
poha yellow moong dal dosa recipe | how to make moong dal dosa | instant moong dal dosa | no fermenting moong dal dosa | with 24 amazing images. While this no fermentin ....
Turai Chutney
Recipe# 3407
31 Aug 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This chutney is absolutely delicious. Though classified under chutneys, this vegetable chutney is eaten with plain hot rice drizzled with a few drops of melted ghee and makes a meal by itself. Turai or ridge gourd is cooked with tomatoes, tempered with mustard, green chillies, garlic and curry leav ....
Instant Oats Dosa
Recipe# 42028
18 Aug 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
instant oats dosa recipe | oats dosa | healthy oats dosa | oats rava dosa | with 19 amazing images. Watching weight and on a diet, bored of having the usual meals? Try out this
Instant Rava Uttapam, Jhatpat Suji Uttapam
Recipe# 1516
16 Aug 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
instant rava uttapam recipe | jhatpat suji uttapam | onion tomato rava uttapam | with 23 amazing images. instant rava uttapam recipe | jhatpat suji uttapam |
Healthy Oats Dosa
Recipe# 42521
22 Dec 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
oats dosa recipe | oats dosa for weight loss | Indian oats dosa with urad dal | oats dosa – healthy breakfast | with 17 amazing images. oats dosa is a dosa which ....
Jini Dosa
Recipe# 33409
09 Aug 21

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jini dosa recipe | Mumbai street food jini dosa | mini cheese and veg dosa | with 20 amazing images Jini dosa is a popular Mumbai street food
Semiya Upma, Wheat Vermicelli Upma
Recipe# 32680
07 Aug 21

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
semiya upma recipe | wheat vermicelli upma | quick semiya upma with coconut | healthy wheat vermicelli recipe | with 23 amazing images. semiya veg upma recipe | ....
French Beans in Coconut Curry
Recipe# 254
05 Aug 21

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
French Beans in Coconut Curry is not just tasty but also visually appealing. The bright green of the beans stands out well against the white gravy. The addition of roasted peanuts makes the dish all the more special, because the nuts complement the beans very well, and add a delightful crunch to ....
Paal Payasam, South Indian Rice Kheer
Recipe# 32884
04 Aug 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
paal payasam recipe | South Indian rice kheer | Kerala style paal payasam | with 13 amazing images. paal payasam is a South Indian rice kheer which is a
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Tarla Dalal    Ashraf thanks for the feedback !!! keep reviewing recipes, articles you loved.
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My name is Manik Das. I read your all articles and your food article are so delicious.
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Thanks for your big collection of South Indian recipes. So true about your statement of rice holds a special position in the South Indian kitchen. Have tried your 4 flour dosa which our entire family loves.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Sheetal, Thank you for your kind words. Happy to know you loved the information we shared. Do try more and more recipes and share with us your feedback.
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Our office is providing evening snacks for all staff everyday in which 2 days is for South Indian snacks in a week i.e. idli & some day dosa. My colleague has given Tarla Madam idlis & Dosas recipe printouts to our office maid. Now she is referring to different variety of Tarla Dalals idlis & Dosas recipes. She enjoys making it because of simplicity & perfection of each recipe and we all enjoys eating fresh, hygienic and tasty snacks. Their are lots of Tarla dalal''s delicious south Indian dishes that are made at my home. I loved that tadka aroma of curries, chillies and many other spices used while making spicy & savory dishes. Sweets pongal, Paal Payasam, rice pancakes is NO.1, which we make it at home and all liked them very much.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Krutika, That is amazing! Thank you for your kind words. Happy to know you loved the information we shared.
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