South Indian recipes

South Indian cuisine is different
from North Indian Recipes

When we say south Indian recipes here, we are referring to the recipes from the four south Indian states. These south Indian states are, Andra pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Though there are similarities in the cooking methods and ingredients, each states cuisine has it's own flavors and is different in taste. Each state has it's own specific popular recipes.

As the weather conditions differ in the south and north Indian states, the staple foods, the nutritional needs of the people, availability of vegetables and other ingredients are different.

In the old times, many ingredients were available only in those specific regions where they were produced. Now with the ease of transport, the openings of supermarkets in every town, has made everything available everywhere. That has made it possible for everyone to try the cuisines of the other places.

South Indian recipes are basically a little different from the North Indian recipes. South Indian food or north Indian food, both taste just great. Though the spices used are same,spice mixture - masala used in them is not the same. The proportion of the spices is different and so they taste different.

In general south India consumes more rice. South Indian food consists of more rice items such as lemon rice, mango rice, tamarind rice, sweet pongal, khara pongal,curd rice etc. Many breakfast items are rice based such as idli, dosa, uttappam etc. Many snacks are made with rice and rice flour.

Coconut is freely used in south Indian cooking as coconut is easily available. The south Indian curry recipes also make the gravy for curry with coconut. That gives them a special taste.

Andhra Pradesh is known for it's hot hot hot cooking. You must like to feel the hotness of the red chillies in Andhra recipes.

Use of coconut is very common in all south Indian cooking. Be it rice or curries or salads, coconut is a must. Tamarind is also used more for sourness.

While making the rice varieties in south India, such as tamarind rice, lemon rice, coconut rice, Vangi bhat, the rice is cooked separately then mixed with the spices.

Many of the recipes from Kerala use coconut oil. That adds to a particular taste and flavor. And people love it. Karnataka has its special curries(called Gojju) and Tamil Nadu also has recipes that are popular.

Vegetarian South Indian recipes

I am sure you will try out these south Indian vegetarian recipes.

South Indian Curry Recipes

Tomato Curry - Tomato gojju

- Tomato gojju - curry recipe from Karnataka

Stuffed Eggplant - Bharli Vangi - Tumbid Badnekai

- Yennegai, Serve with rice or roti, chapati, bhakri. Also known as Bharwa baingan. A Karnataka recipe.

Potato  curry -  - aloo curry

- A potato currry to accompany breads such as chapati, paratha, poori.


South Indian Rice Recipes

Spicy Mango rice - Mavinkai chitranna

- Mango rice made using sour green mango. A recipe from South India.

Moong dal and rice khichadi

 - Known as huggi, easy to digest rice and mung bean-lentil recipe.

Lemon rice - Lime rice - Chitranna - Kalasanna

-  Easy to make rice recipe. Usually made for festivals, breakfast and when you want a one dish meal.

Sweet coconut Rice - Narali bhaat 

- Sweet rice pudding recipe made on narali paurnima day in Maharashtra. Also in North Karnataka.


South Indian dal - lentil Recipes

Rasam - Saaru - Charu

South Indian thin lentil soup

- serve as appetizer, soup, and also with Plain Steamed Rice


South Indian Snacks and Breakfast foods

Chapati

 - Indian Flat Bread - made with whole wheat flour.

Bread Upma

 - Quick Snack with fresh or a day old - leftover bread.

Veg frankie - vegetable frankie

Vegetable stuffed frankie - healthy and a favorite of kids and adults.

Dosa - Indian vegan pancake

 - South Indian / Vegan Pancake Recipe, made with rice and urad dal (white lentils).

Dalia sheera / halwa

 - Healthy breakfast recipe with broken / cracked wheat. Can also serve as a sweet dish.

Use coconut oil or any vegetable oil instead of desi ghee if you want to make it vegan.

Sheera - Semolina Halwa - Sooji Halwa

- A rava / Semolina / cream of wheat dish.

Easy recipe to make as breakfast, a snack or sweet.

Also known as sajjige, kesari, sanja in Indian languages.

Vegetable Rava upma - Namkin halwa

Rava upma with onion and /or vegetables. Easy south Indian breakfast recipe.

Also known as uppittu(Kannada), tikhat sanja(Marathi), namkin halwa(Hindi) etc.

Poori - Indian Fry bread

Made with whole wheat flour. Serve for breakfast, lunch, dinner. It also be made with maida(plain flour).

Rice flour flat bread - Akki Rotti

This masala akki roti is a recipe from Karnataka state.

Ragi Roti - Finger-millet flat bread

- serve with desi ghee and coconut chutney . Or with your favorite chutney, pickle or curry.

Served for breakfast or as a quick meal at other times.


South Indian roti  - bread  recipes

Ragi Roti - Finger-millet flat bread

- serve with desi ghee and coconut chutney . Or with your favorite chutney, pickle or curry.

Served for breakfast or as a quick meal at other times.

Chapati

 - Indian Flat Bread - made with whole wheat flour.

Poori - Indian Fry bread

Made with whole wheat flour. Serve for breakfast, lunch, dinner. It also be made with maida(plain flour).

phulka, pulkaPhulka, indian no fat/ low fat breadPhulka - Indian no fat/ low fat bread

Phulka - Pulka

This Indian no fat / low fat bread is made with Whole wheat flour. Served hot for lunch or dinner.

Rice flour flat bread - Akki Rotti

This masala akki roti is a recipe from Karnataka state.



South Indian salad  recipes

Cool Cucumber Salad

Easy to make as snack or a good accompaniment for any meal.



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