South Indian Recipes | 14 Delicious South Indian Dishes

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South Indian Recipes | 14 Delicious South Indian Dishes
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South Indian dishes in general refers to a distinct category of the cuisine made in the five southern states of India viz. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana as well as the union territory of Puducherry (earlier Pondicherry).

Though there are subtle differences from state to state, South Indian recipes are generally characterized by presence of rice as a staple food, use of lentils and spices, both dried red and green chilies, curd, coconut and vegetables like tamarind, plantain(cooking Banana), drumstick, snake gourd, garlic, and curry leaves.

The South Indian cuisine is well known and famous for its light, low calorie, flavouful and appetizing dishes. The wonderful mixing of rice and lentils results in mouth-watering Dosas, Idlis, Upmas, Vadas and Uttapams which when accompanied by yummy Chutneys and Sambar are irresistible.

Though there are many commonalities, South Indian dishes use different spices than North Indian ones. Tamarind is frequently used in stews. Sambar Powder is used to spice South Indian dishes whereas in North India, use of Garam Masala is more common. Similarly Dried curry leaves are used to flavor some of the soups and fresh curry leaves are more abundantly used for seasoning and tempering.

The majority of a diverse variety of South Indian dishes are rice, vegetable or lentil-based. Due to use of tamarind, curry plant leaves and chilli, these dishes are generally tangy. The cuisines of Andhra are famous for generous use of spices and Chili. Some of the most common traditional Indian breakfasts like idli, vada and masala dosa owe their origin to the temple town of Udipi.

South Indian Dals and curries are in general soupier than their North Indian counterparts. The South Indian food strikes a good balance of simplicity, nutrition, flavor, fragrance, taste, and is visually appealing. Idli is considered as one of the best breakfast in the world. Idli has a good mix of carbohydrates from rice , protein and minerals from urad dal. Further the fermentation process makes it rich in good bacteria and as it is steamed there is no loss of nutrients and no extra calories are added as it is not fried in oil.

The list of South Indian recipes is endless. Some of these include Dosa, Idli, Vada, Uttapam, Upma, Curd Rice, Idiyappam, Achappam, Murukku, Ven Pongal, Pulihora (Tamarind rice), Lemon Rice, Tomato Rice, Sambhar, Rasam, Neer Mor, Nendran chips (banana chips), Sakkarai Pongal (Sweet Pongal), Mysore Pak, Payasa and so forth. Within each broad category there are many subcategories like Sada Dosa, Rava Dosa, Masala Dosa, Mysore Masala Dosa, Butter Dosa, Paneer Dosa, Onion Rava Dosa, Paper Dosa etc.

Equally famous are South Indian chutneys. South Indian chutneys which come in many varieties, colors and flavors and often are the best combination with Idli and Dosa and many other south Indian dishes. They are made from one or more of the ingredients like fresh coconut ground with green chillies, tamarind, roasted bengal gram, curd, peanuts, dal (lentils), ginger, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, fresh curry leaves and fresh cilantro leaves.

Check out some recipes of delicious South Indian dishes.

A Collection of South Indian Recipes

Sorakkai Sambar Recipe Step By Step Instructions

Sorakkai Sambar Recipe | Lauki Sambar | Bottle Gourd Sambar

Sorakkai Sambar also known as Bottle Gourd Sambar or Lauki Sambar is a very tasty and healthy Sambar made with ...
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Quick Veg Biryani Recipe Step By Step Instructions

Veg Biryani In Pressure Cooker | Quick Veg Biryani Recipe

Veg Biryani in pressure cooker is a one pot dish, but surprisingly every way as tasty and flavorful as the ...
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Bread Upma Recipe Step By Step Instructions

Bread Upma Recipe

Bread Upma is a traditional South Indian recipe. It is a savory and tangy dish which can be served as ...
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Medu Vada Recipe Step By Step Instructions

Medu Vada Recipe | Sambar Vada

Medu Vada or Sambar Vada is a fried, doughnut shaped south Indian delicacy made from Urad Dal. It tastes heavenly ...
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Lemon Rice Recipe Step by Step Instructions

Lemon Rice Recipe | South Indian Lemon Flavored Rice

Lemon Rice is an easy rice preparation which has an amazing taste as it is spiced up with curry leaves, ...
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Rava Upma Recipe | Suji Upma

Rava Upma or Suji Upma is a simple, easy to cook and healthy breakfast made from roasted suji (also known ...
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Fried Idli Recipe Step By Step Instructions

Fried Idli Recipe | Masala Idli Fry | Leftover Idli Recipe

Fried idli or Masala Idli Fry is a mildly spiced sautéed dish made from idlis. The Idlis are fried till ...
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Idli Manchurian Recipe Step By Step Instructions

Idli Manchurian Recipe | Leftover Idli Recipes

Idli Manchurian is a fusion of South Indian & Chinese style cooking. Idli is a traditional South Indian Breakfast snack ...
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Semiya Upma Recipe Step By Step Instructions

Semiya Upma Recipe | Vermicelli Upma

Semiya Upma also known as Vermicelli Upma is an interesting variation of more the common South Indian Breakfast recipe of ...
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Coconut Chutney Recipe Step By Step Instructions

Coconut Chutney Recipe | Nariyal ki Chutney

Coconut Chutney is the perfect and must have accompaniment to South Indian Dishes like Dosa, Idli, Vadas, Uttapam etc. Coconut ...
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