8 Vegetarian South Indian dishes You Need To Try At Home

South Indian Recipes include lots of spices and are tangy in flavor. Not only South Indians but we all love these delicious South Indian recipes.

Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nady, and Telengana this 5 states that form the southern parts of India. They include the union territories of Lakshadweep, Pondicherry, Andaman, and Nicobar Island. The climate of south India is hot and humid. All the states are located in coastal areas. A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables are grown in those areas.  There are different types of dishes. A variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are included in this South Indian cuisine. Rice is the staple food of all these states. They use a variety of spices, dal,  coconut, tamarind, and dried red chilies in their food. The variety of south Indian dishes is popular all over. Dosa, idli, and vada are much popular. Sambar is a special type of dal prepared in Andhara Pradesh with many vegetables and spices, it is very famous. South Indian Recipes include lots of spices and are tangy in flavor. Not only South Indians but we all love these delicious South Indian recipes.

Here are 8 delicious South Indian Dishes that you can easily make at your home….

dosa
DOSA (SOUTH INDIAN DISH)

DOSA (South Indian Dishes)

Dosa is one of the most famous South Indian Dish. This recipe is famous all over. We all love to eat Dosa. Dosa is a thin pancake made from a mixture of rice and dal batter. Dosa is one of the main food of South Indian Cuisine. Dosas are served with hot sambar and chutney. You can have this South Indian recipe for your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There are different varieties of dosas served such as Rava dosa, onion dosa, masala dosa, cheese dosa, and many more. A dosa is a completely healthy meal a person can have. This recipe can be tried out at home very easily.

dosa

DOSA

Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people
Calories 133 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • half cup parboiled rice
  • half cup normal nice
  • half cup urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seed
  • 2 tablespoon thick flattened rice
  • 1 teaspoon rock salt
  • oil as per need

Instructions
 

  • All we need to do at first is take a bowl and add the parboiled rice, regular rice, urad dal, and fenugreek seeds.
  • Wash them with water properly and then rinse the water.
  • Next, take the flattened rice and wash them properly and rinse the water.
  • Now add the flattened rice to the bowl of rice.
  • Now pour 2 cups of water into that bowl and cover the lid and let the rice and the dal soak for 6 to 7 hours.
  • After 6 hours when the rice got soaked, drain the extra water and then put the mixture in a blender, add half a cup of water and blend the mixture to a smooth paste.
  • Now pour the paste into a bowl and then add the rock salt to it. Mix them properly.
  • Next again cover the bowl and keep it for fermentation
  • The process of fermentation includes 8 to 9 hours. It can also take over night.
  • When the batter doubles up and tiny air pockets can be seen on the top, we can understand that the fermentation process is complete. the taste of the batter also changes to little sour.
  • stir the batter lightly.
  • Now heat an iron pan or we can make it in a nonstick pan.
  • Put the oil in it ( if using a nonstick pan do not use oil) and spread the oil all over the pan.
  • Now put a little batter in the pan and spread it firmly. and cover it with a lid, and let it cook. Keep the flame medium to low.
  • When the top is cooked and the bottom becomes crispy we need to sprinkle some oil on the center and edges.
  • When the dosa is cooked the sides will get separated.
  • Our crispy plain dosa is ready to serve.
  • We can serve this South Indian recipe with sambar, potato masala, and chutney.

Notes

  • You can soak the rice and the dal overnight.
  • You can also keep the bowl, for fermentation overnight, so that the fermentation takes more nicely.
idli
IDLI ( SOUTH INDIAN DISH)

IDLI (South Indian Dishes)

Idli is another south Indian dish that is very famous. This is a type of savory rice cake. The main ingredient needed to make idli is rice and dal. They are soaked, blended, fermented, and then Idli is made. You can have this delicious recipe for your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. But mainly idli is preferred for breakfast in South India. Idli is served with hot sambar and chutney. Idli is one of the best food for your diet as this contains no fats and less calories. They are also free from cholesterol. So let’s try out this yummy recipe at our home.

idli

IDLI

Cook Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people
Calories 33 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Half cup urad dal
  • 1 cup idli rice
  • 2 tablespoon flattened rice
  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon rock salt
  • 1 cup chilled water

Instructions
 

  • All we need to do at first is take a bowl and add the urad dal, and fenugreek seeds and wash them properly and rinse the water.
  • Keep them aside to soak.
  • Now take another bowl and add the idli rice wash them properly and rinse the whole water.
  • Now allow the rice to soak. Keep them both in another bowl and let them soak for about 6 to 7 hours.
  • Before 30 minutes of blending the rice soak the flattened rice.
  • Now drain all the water and put all the ingredients in a blender and blend the mixture to a smooth paste.
  • Now set the batter to ferment for 10 hours. The batter will turn double.
  • We have to keep in mind that the batter does not turn sour.
  • Now set a pot of water on a high flame and let it boil.
  • Now grease oil in the idli plates. and pour the batter into the idly plate.
  • When the water steams up place this idli plate. Let them steam for 10 minutes on high flame.
  • when the idli cools down. serve this South Indian recipe with sambar and chutney.

Notes

  • Do not keep them to ferment overnight during the summer season as they can turn sour.
  • Always check the batter of idly before making them as they can become sour.
vada
VADA (SOUTH INDIAN DISH )

VADA (South Indian Dishes)

Vada is another South Indian Dish. This is a very famous South Indian snack recipe. These vadas are in the shape of doughnuts. They are served with chutney or sambar. You can have this recipe for your breakfast. This is very yummy and delicious. But intaking lots of vada is also not good for health as it can lead to obesity and cholesterol. Homemade vada is not so harmful so let’s see how this recipe is made easily at home.

VADA

Cook Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 97 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • oil for deep frying
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 2 green chili chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 4 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated

Instructions
 

  • All we need to do is take a bowl and put the urad dal in it, rinse them nicely with water, and put the urad dal to soak for 5 to 6 hours.
  • After 6 hours drain the extra water and put the urad dal in the blender and blend to smooth paste until the paste looks fluffy and white.
  • If needed sprinkle some ice-chilled water and add the salt.
  • Now beat the batter for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Now add the pepper, cumin seeds, curry seeds, ginger, green chilies, and onions. Now mix them properly.
  • Next heat oil in a pan.
  • Now take a small portion of batter and give them the shape of a ball and dip the thumb in the middle, a hole is made in the middle.
  • Now fry them in the oil till the color turns golden brown.
  • Our vada is ready to serve. Serve this South Indian Recipe with sambar and chutney.

Notes

  • You can soak the urad dal overnight also.
appam
APPAM (SOUTH INDIAN DISH)

APPAM (South Indian Dishes)

Appam is another delicious south Indian Dish. This is also a type of pancake Famous in South India. This recipe is also made with fermented rice. This recipe can also be served for your breakfast or lunch. Intaking an appam makes your stomach fill for a long time. So lets try out this recipe at home.

APPAM

Cook Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 99 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • half cup rice
  • half cup parboiled rice
  • half cup flattened rice
  • half cup coconut grated
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Instructions
 

  • All we need to do is take a bowl and put the rice in it, wash them properly and rinse the water.
  • Put the rice to soak for about 5 to 6 hours.
  • Now drain all the water and put the rice, coconut, flattened rice, salt, and sugar in a blender and blend to a smooth paste.
  • Now pour the paste into a bowl and add the yeast.
  • Mix the batter firmly.
  • Put the mixture for fermentation for about 2 hours.
  • When the batter gets doubled the fermentation is completed.
  • Now take a Kadai and spread some oil in it.
  • Now spread the batter with a ladle and spread it in a circle. Keep the flame low to medium.
  • Cover the pan with a lid. Let the base be golden brown and crispy.
  • Nicely remove the appam from the kadhai. Repeat the next appam in the same way.
  • Our delicious South Indian Recipe is ready to serve. You can serve this with sambar or coconut milk.

Notes

  • Keep the mixture for fermentation till the mixture turns double.
puttu
PUTTU (SOUTH INDIAN DISH)

PUTTU (South Indian Dishes)

Puttu is another delicious south Indian recipe. The main ingredient used in this recipe in grated coconut and puttu flour. Puttu is a nutritious and very healthy breakfast. Puttu is cylindrical in shape. Puttu is a native dish of the states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. So let’s try out this recipe at our home.

PUTTU

Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 305 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup puttu flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cup grated coconut

Instructions
 

  • All we need to do at first is take the puttu flour in a bowl and add the salt to it.
  • Now put half a cup of water in it.
  • Mix the flour nicely. Make a smooth paste out of it.
  • Now take a puttu making kadhai and put some water in the base.
  • Put the kadhai on high flame and let the water boil.
  • Now on the top of the vessel put some grated coconut and spread it over the vessel.
  • Next, add the puttu mixture over the grated coconut smoothly.
  • Add more grated coconut over the puttu mixture again. Put the puttu mixture again. Put the grated coconut on the top and make a small layer like this. cover the vessel with a lid.
  • Cover the vessel with a lid.
  • Steam the puttu mixture for about 5 minutes.
  • Our puttu is ready. You can serve this South Indian Recipe with vegetable stew.

Notes

  • Make the mixture of the puttu flour very smooth.
pongal
PONGAL ( SOUTH INDIAN DISH )

PONGAL (South Indian Dishes)

This is a very popular breakfast in Our Indian Cuisine. Pongal is a famous dish in Tamil Nadu. There are many variations of Pongal such as Chakra Pongal, Puli Pongal, and many more. This recipe can be made very easily at our homes. Not many ingredients are also needed to prepare the recipe. Pongal is very delicious and yummy. So let us try out this recipe at our home and enjoy a delicious breakfast.

PONGAL

Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1 people
Calories 212 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • half cup rice
  • half cup moong dal
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1 teaspoon ginger chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 4 curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 4 tablespoon cashews chopped

Instructions
 

  • All we need to do at first is dry roast the moong dal in a pan for 2 minutes on low flame.
  • Now put the dal and the rice in a bowl and wash them in water very nicely and rinse the whole water.
  • Now put the rice and the dal in a pressure cooker.
  • Now add the asafoetida, cumin seeds, and ginger to it.
  • Next, pour 2 to 3 cups of water into the pressure cooker.
  • Now, pressure cooks the mixture for 4 to 5 whistles.
  • After the pressure cook, open the cooker and checks the consistency of the rice, it must be a little watery.
  • Now smash the rice and the dal mixture.
  • Next heat the ghee in another pan for giving tadka to the mixture add the little cumin seeds to the ghee.
  • Now add the cashews to the ghee and let them fry till the color turns golden brown.
  • Now add the black pepper seeds in it and a few curry leaves. stir them very well and pour this mixture into the rice pot and stir them firmly.
  • Cover the lid for 5 minutes and let them simmer and our Pongal is ready to serve.

Notes

  • While roasting the moong dal, keep the flame low, and when the aroma comes out switch off the flame.
coconut rice
COCONUT RICE ( SOUTH INDIAN DISH )

COCONUT RICE ( SOUTH INDIAN DISH )

Coconut rice is very light and tasty. This is also another delicious dish of South India. The main ingredient needed for this recipe is rice and coconut. You can have this recipe for your lunch or dinner. A delicious taste of coconut mixed with rice. Let us try out this simple and yummy delicious recipe at our home.

COCONUT RICE

Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1 people
Calories 290 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 curry leaves
  • 2 green chili chopped
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1 teaspoon Bengal gram
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon ginger chopped
  • 2 tablespoon cashews chopped
  • 2 dried red chili

Instructions
 

  • All we need to do is wash the rice and boil the rice and cook it nicely.
  • Now heat a pan and add ghee to it.
  • Next, fry the cashews in it till golden brown.
  • Keep the fried cashews aside.
  • Now add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, Bengal gram, urad dal, and dried chili. Stir them firmly and let them fry.
  • Now add the ginger, green chili, and curry leaves stir them, and asafoetida. Stir them nicely.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of water to the mixture.
  • Now add the grated coconuts and salt to it.
  • Next, add the rice to it and stir the mixture firmly.
  • Our coconut rice is ready. You can serve this with curd. This South Indian Recipe you can serve in lunch.

Notes

  • You can cook the rice in a rice cooker or pressure cook.
sambar
SAMBAR (SOUTH INDIAN DISH )

SAMBAR (South Indian Dishes)

Sambar is an important South Indian dish. This is very tasty and delicious. Sambar is mainly a lentil based vegetable stew. A lot of vegetables are used in this recipe. Sambar is served with many south Indian dishes. In a Cuisine of South India, Sambar is always included in the meal. The taste in sour and sweet as lots of tamarind pulp is used in this recipe. Sambar is served for dinner lunch and also breakfast. So let’s try out this tangy delicious sambar recipe at our home.

SAMBAR

Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 139 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 4 curry leaves
  • 2 dried red chili
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 tablespoon sambar powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 drum sticks chopped
  • half cup french beans chopped
  • 1 potato chopped
  • half cup pumpkin chopped
  • 1 small brinjal chopped
  • half cup urad dal

Instructions
 

  • All we need to do at first is wash the dal and let it presser cook for 5 to 6 whistles.
  • After the dal gets cooked mash them nicely.
  • Now add all the vegetables to a pot and add 4 cups of water, salt, turmeric powder, and red chili powder.
  • Let the vegetables get cooked.
  • When the vegetables are almost cooked add the tamarind pulp and the sambar powder to the vegetable pot. Mix them well.
  • Now add the smashed dal and mix them well. Let the mixture simmer on a low flame.
  • When they come to boil switch off the flame and keep them aside.
  • Now heat a pan and add some ghee to it.
  • Next add the mustard seeds, dried red chili, curry leaves, fenugreek seeds, and asafoetida. stir them nicely till the aroma comes out.
  • When the aroma comes out switch off the flame and add this to the vegetable mixture pot.
  • Stir once and cover the lid. Our sambar is ready to serve.
  • We can serve this South Indian recipe with many other South Indian dishes.

Notes

  • You can also any of the vegetables if you want.

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