South Indian Recipes

South Indian recipes are known for the use of traditional spices that are grown in their own region. Also, you will see a wide use of coconut, red chilies, rice, urad dal and other cereals in these recipes. However, what most of the Indians love is the wide range of breakfast and snack recipes which are cooked in different South Indian cuisines.

These recipes include idlis, dosas, appam, upma, vadam and vathai and much more. These recipes not only have a lip-smacking taste but are also full of nutrients and are easy to digest as well. Some of the dishes like uthappam, idlis, dosas, etc. require overnight fermentation of batter which accentuates the nutrient content in them. You will see that most dieticians recommend the South Indian snacks for meals and breakfast since they are light, low in calories and rich in essential nutrients.

When it comes to the South Indian breakfast items, one can easily experiment by altering the quantity or adding a different cereal or herb in the batter. You can easily find these dishes in an authentic South Indian restaurant or small Udipi restaurants that are found in almost all the corners of India.

Moreover, you will find that most of these dishes are a common specialty of the South Indian states such as Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. However, their preparation techniques and ingredients may differ widely from each other which give a unique flavor and aroma to each of these recipes. Therefore, you must be careful while trying a dish from a particular cuisine so that you explore another recipe the next time.

The millets, cereals and other ingredients used in these recipes make them nutritious and healthy for your body. Also, they are full of anti-oxidants which boost your immunity and other bodily functions. As a result, you need to include these recipes in your regular diet to experience different tastes and flavors along with the boon of nutrients they bless you with!

Simple South Indian Recipes

  • Varagu Arisi (Kodo Millet) is a healthy and nutritious grain rich in protein and iron. Ideal for those who are diabetic or trying to reduce/control their weight. Perfect for breakfast …

  • Arai Keerai Puli Kadayal is a popular South Indian recipe with numerous regional variations. Arai Keerai has lots of health benefits especially for children, pregnant women and adults. Rich in …

  • Quinoa is one of the popular health food these days. High in protein, fiber, antioxidants and gluten-free, it is a healthy substitute to rice. Idli is a popular and staple …

  • Legiyam is a traditional South Indian herbal medicine often given as an antidote to digestive problems. This one is made with Omam (Ajwain) and is given to increase the appetite …

  • A very healthy and tasty South Indian sambar variety. It is also a great home remedy for colds and is also given to new mothers. Ingredients: Curry Leaves (Karuveppilai) – …

  • Poondu Milagu Jeeraga Rasam (Garlic Pepper Cumin Rasam) is a popular South Indian rasam variety. A flavourful rasam that is helpful in relieving cold, it is best served with hot …

  • Mor Kuzhambu is a very popular South Indian dish typically served with hot rice. This is a variation made with baby potatoes and is equally tasty as the original one. …

  • Pirandai Thuvaiyal (Adamant Creeper Chutney) is a very popular and healthy South Indian dish. Pirandai plant (Adamant Creeper in English and Hadjod in Hindi) has numerous health benefits and is …

  • Sago Adai (Sabudana Adai or Javvarisi Adai) is a delicious, healthy and simple to make breakfast or dinner dish. Adai is a popular South Indian variation to the popular Dosa. …

  • A different variety of dosa with Pav Bhaji filling popular in Mumbai. A delicious and yummy dosa variation. Ingredients: Dosa Batter as required Onion – 1 Tomato – 1 Potato …

  • Samai (or Little Millet) is rich in fiber, Vitamin B, minerals, protein and iron. This upma made with Samai arisi is not only healthy but it is also delicious and …

  • A delicious, simple and easy to make dosa with sweet corn and cheese filling. Serve with chutney and sambar. Ingredients: Dosa Batter – 2 cups Sweet Corn Kernels – 1/2 …

  • Mor Kuzhambu is a very popular South Indian dish especially in Tamil Nadu and parts of Kerala with numerous local variations.  This variation is one of the most commonly made …

  • Idly 65 (or Idli 65) is a great way to use up any leftover idlis. Make them into a simple, easy to make, tasty snack that kids and adults will …

  • A modern take on the popular French Fries, these idli fries are a perfect snack for any occasion, can also be served as an appetizer snack before any meal. A …

  • Adai is a popular South Indian breakfast and dinner dish. Similar to a dosa, it is slightly thicker and is equally filling. Commonly served with Aviyal as “Adai Aviyal”, you …

  • Adai is a traditional South Indian dish often served for breakfast or evening tiffen. Ragi Adai is a healthy variation of the regular adai and is very good for the …

  • A delicious and common breakfast dish from Karnatka, Akki Roti is made with rice flour. It can also be served as a snack or for dinner. Ingredients: Rice Flour – …

  • A healthy, nutritious and protein rich dish ideal for a light lunch or dinner. Ingredients: Whole Mung Beans – 1/2 cup Whole Moth Beans – 2 tblsp Whole Black Channa …

  • Dosa (or Dosai) is aneasy to make South Indian breakfast (infact anytime) dish. Here is an even more healthier option to the hugely popular dish. Ingredients: Parboiled Rice – 1 …

  • Pirandai is a popular ingredient in South Indian cooking. With numerous medicinal and health benefits, it is often used to make chutney or sambar. It’s botanical name is Cissus quadrangularis. …

  • A quick and delicious way to use up all those leftover idlis. This pepper idli is perfect as an after-school or evening snack. Ingredients: Idlis – 4 to 5, small …