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.

The weather conditions differ in the south and north Indian states.

Accordingly,  the nutritional needs of the people, the staple foods, 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 Snacks and Breakfast foods

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Neer dosa  - Ghavan

Neer dosa is a recipe from Karnataka state. It is a rice flour crepe.

It is known as ghavan in Maharashtra's coastal region.

How to make Idli  coconut chutney  for breakfast

Soft Kanchipuram idli and coconut chutney and sambar is a favorite breakfast all over India.

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Rava idli

South Indian breakfast or snack recipe

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Appam / Gundponglu/ paddu

Paddu is made with idli or dosa batter and is cooked in a special pan with depressions.

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Akki tari - Rice rava upma

Akki tari uppittu is made with rice rava.

It is a recipe from Karnataka, usually made for breakfast.

Chapati - Chapatti - Chapathi- Indian flat breadChapati - Chapatti - Chapathi- Indian flat bread

Chapati - chapathi

 - Indian Flat Bread - made with whole wheat flour.

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Bread Upma

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

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Veg frankie - vegetable frankie

Mixed vegetable stuffed frankie - healthy and a favorite of kids and adults.

Dosa with coconut chutney, butterDosa with coconut chutney, butter

Dosa - Indian vegan pancake

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

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Khantoli - Khantoli - nagpanchami recipeKhantoli - Khantoli

Khantoli - Khantoli

Khandvi - khantoli - sanjori is a nagpanchami festival sweet recipe.

It is made with rice rava and takes about 15-20 minutes to make.

Dalia sheera / halwa

 - Healthy breakfast recipe with broken / cracked wheat.

To make it vegan, use coconut oil / vegetable oil instead of desi ghee.

Sheera - Semolina Halwa - Sooji Halwa

- A rava / Semolina / cream of wheat dish. Breakfast / snack / sweet. Known as sajjige, kesari, sanja in Indian languages.

vegetable Rava upma - Namkin halwa

vegetable rava upma. Easy south Indian breakfast recipe.

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

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Spicy buttermilk poha

- Breakfast recipe from Karnataka

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. Made with rice flour.

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Ragi Roti - Finger-millet flat bread

Nachaniche thalipeet, served with desi ghee and coconut chutney .

Or with your favorite chutney, pickle or curry.

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Beetroot akki rotti - Rice flour and beet flat bread

Beet akki rotti is a variation of akki rotti. Akki rotti is a breakfast recipe, made with rice flour from Karnataka state.

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Dahi Vada -Dahi Bhalle

A popular yogurt based snack recipe. Good for festivals, summer season and as a party dish.

Known as thyir vade - mosaru vade in south Indian languages.

South Indian Curry Recipes

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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.

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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.

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How to make Moong dal and rice khichadi

Easy to digest rice and mung bean lentil recipe. One Dish Meal. Cook in pressure cooker or on the stove top.

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Lemon rice, lime rice, chitrannaLemon rice, lime rice, chitranna

How to make Lemon rice - Lime rice - Chitranna - Kalasanna

Easy to make South Indian rice recipe for festivals, breakfast and when you want a one dish meal.

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How to make Sweet coconut Rice - Maharashtrian Narali bhaat 

Sweet rice pudding recipe made on Narali Poornima day in Maharashtra, North Karnataka.

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South Indian dal - lentil Recipes

Rasam - Saaru - Charu

South Indian thin lentil soup. Served as appetizer, soup, and also with Plain Steamed Rice.

Chickpeas - chana -  kadle sundal

 Made with kabuli chana - garbanzo beans, prepared on festivals such as  Ganesh chaturthi and distributed to the devotees as prasad, also served as a healthy snack.

Sambar

Sambar - Vegetable and lentil dish - with Onion and tomatoes.

Serve with Idli, Plain Steamed Rice and Dosa

South Indian roti  - bread  recipes

Chapati - Chapatti - Chapathi- Indian flat breadChapati - Chapatti - Chapathi- Indian flat bread

Chapati - chapathi

 - Indian Flat Bread - made with whole wheat flour.

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Ragi Roti - Finger-millet flat bread

Nachaniche thalipeet, served with desi ghee and coconut chutney .

Or with your favorite chutney, pickle or curry.

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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. Made with rice flour.

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Phulka - Pulka

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




South Indian salad  recipes

Cool Cucumber Salad

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



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