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

  • Zucchinis are like cucumbers and very healthy. They are easily available in most major supermarkets or in the neighbourhood markets. This Zucchini Thuvaiyal (Zucchini Thogayal) is easy to make and …

  • Dosa is a very popular South Indian breakfast (infact anytime) dish. There are many variations to the dosa, most notably Masala Dosa and Onion Rava Dosa. This variation is made …

  • Knol Khol (or Kohlrabi or German Turnip) is a nutritious vegetable rich in calcium, sodium, Vitamins A and C. It is also a good source of anti-oxidants and dietary fiber. …

  • This Palakkad style Sambar is a popular dish in Kerala especially during Onam. Made with an assortment of vegetables and coconut paste, this is best served with steamed rice and …

  • A simple and easy to make delicious pachadi with grated carrot. Ingredients: Curd – 2 tblsp Carrot – 1, grated Asafoetida Powder – a pinch Cumin Seeds – 1/4 tsp …

  • A traditional South Indian dish popular in villages and is best served with hot rice and 1 tsp ghee. Ingredients: Ellu (Sesame Seeds) – 100 gms Dry Red Chillies – …

  • A traditional and popular Kerala breakfast dish. Easy to make, it is also a healthy way to start your day. Ingredients: Whole Wheat – 1 cup Sugar – 2 tblsp …

  • Adai is a popular South Indian breakfast/evening tiffen dish. Popularly served with avial, Adai is similar to Dosa but slightly thicker and heavier. This variation is made with finely chopped …

  • Veppam Poo (dried neem flowers) is a popular and common ingredient in South India, espcially in Tamil Nadu during Tamil New Year’s day. With numerous health benefits, Veppam Poo is …

  • Adai is a popular breakfast/dinner dish across South India. This is a summer variation with grated green mangoes and potatoes. Ingredients: Idly Rice – 4 cups Ginger – 1 inch …

  • A delicious pachadi using Avocado. Avocados are rich in Vitamins B, K, C, E and potassium. They also contain monounsaturated fat that helps lower bad cholesterol, if taken in moderation. …

  • A popular Konkani breakfast dish, this dosa is made using the flesh and water of tender coconut. Ingredients: Tender Coconut Flesh – 2 cups Tender Coconut Water – 1/3 cup …

  • A delicious and authentic South Indian sambar variety. Steamed balls made of dal cooked in a gravy and served with hot rice. Ingredients: Onions – 400 gms, chopped Tomatoes – …

  • Pizza Dosa is a delicious, easy to make treat for kids. Kids love pizzas but it is often seen as unhealthy and junk food. So, make this Pizza Dosa at …

  • Sago Upma (Javvarisi Upma or Sabudana Upma) is an easy to make healthy breakfast or snack dish. Ingredients: Sago (Sabudana/Javvarisi) – 2 cups Urad Dal – 1/2 cup Carrot – …

  • Adai is a popular & healthy South Indian food typically served as a breakfast or evening dish with a choice of chutney or sambar. Ingredients: Sweet Corn Kernels – 1/2 …

  • Idiyappam is a traditional South Indian breakfast or evening dish, especially in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Ingredients: Idiyappam Flour – 1 cup (available readymade) Tamarind Extract – 1/2 cup, thick …

  • Uttapam is a popular and delicious South Indian breakfast food. Similar to a Dosa, Uttapams are thicker than a regular Dosa with a variety of toppings. Make this healthy and …

  • Adai is a popular and traditional South Indian breakfast/evening dish. Often served with chutney and sambar of choice, they are similar to a Dosa but slightly thicker and heavier. Ingredients: …

  • Doddak is a Konkani breakfast dish served with chutney and sambar of choice. It has a consistency of a Rava Dosa and is made of grated cucumber, rava, ginger and …

  • A traditional South Indian sambar variety with cumin. Best served with hot rice. Ingredients: Cumin Seeds – 1/4 cup Tamarind Extract – 2 cups Onions – 2, chopped, sliced Garlic …