Want to try some authentic South Indian dishes? Here is a list of some original South Indian recipes.


We all love to eat South Indian food every few days. It is light yet filling and full of nutrition.

We all have a habit of limiting South Indian cuisine to just Idli or Vada. These are the everyday South Indian dishes in all the Southern States. But it is almost criminal to think like that when you haven’t even explored the wide variety of food dishes it has, including the main course and sweet dishes.

So let’s go through the below-mentioned South Indian dishes and get some more knowledge on the fantastic food it includes.

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South Indian Starters

Appetisers are some easy-to-make and straightforward food that enhances the taste of the main course we have. South Indian cuisine, too, has such simple and effective appetisers one can make.

1. Idli Manchurian Recipe

2. Crispy Onion Rings

Crispy Onion Rings These amazing crispy Onion Rings are the perfect choice for snacks to satisfy your taste buds. A good idea for school snacks & guest welcome recipe.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 20min;
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3. Palak Paneer Cheese Dosa Recipe

Palak Paneer Cheese Dosa Palak Paneer Cheese Dosa is a Indian fusion recipe. The dosa is filled with yummy Palak sabji and it taste really different.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 20min;
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4. Carrot-Beans Poriyal Recipe -(Shallow Fry)

Carrot-Beans Poriyal Recipe is a chunky recipe which is popular South Indian style yummy and delicious dish. The combo will rock in Indian Cuisine.

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 15min;
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5. Elephant Foot Yam Recipe – Karunai Kilangu Shallow Fry

This Elephant foot yam recipe is simple & easy to make. This goes well with curd rice & Rasam (like tamarind soup). If you like, try deep fry method also.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 20min;
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6. Boiled Potato Fry Recipe – Bangaladumpa Vepudu

boiled potato fry Boiled potato fry recipe is yummy and musky traditional Indian Cuisine recipe using Indian masala. This is spicy & tatsy recipe enjoy with rasam or sambhar.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 10min;
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7. Onion-Tomato Chutney – Pyaz-Tamatar Chutney Recipe

Onion tomato chutney recipe Onion-Tomato chutney recipe is a famous mouth-watering side dish can be made with South Indian Style. Learn about How to make Onion-Tomato Chutney.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 10min;
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South Indian Breakfast Dishes

What will be a better way to start your day with soft idli and mustard tempered coconut chutney? Have a look at these nutritious South Indian breakfast dishes to start your day splendid.

8. Poha Rava Vada

9. Dalia Upma | Broken Wheat Upma

dalia upma Dalia Upma is a popular alternative to the traditional suji or Rava upma. It is just as healthy and tasty as the regular upma we eat usually.

Prep Time: 5min; Cook time: 12min;
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10. Bread Upma – Quick Breakfast Recipe

bread upma Bread Upma is easy to make breakfast recipe. It is a counterpart dish of the semolina upma and preferred tiffin recipe in South India

Prep Time: 5min; Cook time: 10min;
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11. Cheese Idli With Leftover Idlis

Cheese Idli Cheese Idli is a delicious snack recipe to give you scrumptious joy. It's mixed with some veggies and sprinkled red chili flakes to make it a real charmer.

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 20min;
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12. Mix Vegetable Idli Recipe

mix veg idli Vegetable Paneer Idli is a delicious Gujarati snack recipe. It has a wonderful mix of veggies & little spicy in taste. Serve with any chutney or chili sauce

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 15min;
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13. Instant Aloo Idli Recipe

Aloo idli is an extremely delicious ultimate snack. It not only enhances the flavor but also adds a little bit of spice in the authentic plain idli recipe.

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 20min;
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14. Paneer Masala Idli

paneer masala idli Idli is a naturally gluten-free and one of the healthiest recipe. This paneer idli is loaded with with protein and vitamin B12.

Prep Time: 20min; Cook time: 20min;
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15. Stuffed Aloo Idli Recipe

stuffed idli Stuffed idli is a delicious, quick variety of plain idli. It is made with the stuffing of cooked spicy potatoes with a bit tangy flavor of dry mango powder.

Prep Time: 25min; Cook time: 15min;
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16. Green Peas (Hare Matar) Idli Without Food Color

green peas idli Green idli is a traditional South Indian recipe made with black gram and rice batter. It is soft and fluffy in texture and is vegan and gluten-free dish.

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 25min;
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17. Medu Vada/Urad Vada Recipe-How to Prepare Medu Vada

Medu Vada/Urad Vada Recipe Medu Vada/Urad Vada Recipe is a traditional Indian style delicious recipe made up of urad dal with some few ingredients. This is fluffy & easy snack recipe.

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 20min;
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18. Kuzhi Paniyaram Recipe – How to prepare Kuzhi Paniyaram

kuzhi paniyaram Kuzhi Paniyaram recipe is a healthy and famous Indian style breakfast recipe. The texture is like a tiny soft stuff rounded with a crispy thin outer layer.

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 30min;
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19. Multi-Grain Dosa Recipe

multi grain dosa recipe I’m going to share with you one of the healthiest and easiest South Indian style multi-grain dosa recipe. We usually call it 'aada dosa'.

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 15min;
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20. Vermicelli Upma Recipe-Semiya Upma

Vermicelli Upma recipe Vermicelli Upma recipe is a simple and easy south Indian style breakfast recipe. We can prepare this with or without vegetables. Step by step presentation.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 10min;
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21. South Indian Style Fluffy Idli

Here you can seize one of the ultimate favored evergreen South Indian Fluffy Idly. Before going to master let me tell you some uncanny facts about idly.

Prep Time: 1h; Cook time: 15min;
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Main Course South Indian Dishes

Rice dishes in South India are essential, especially for lunch. Every state in South India will serve a rice dish in its ways. They are, in general, rice lovers. But you will find many South Indian dishes to cook in the main course.

22. Beetroot Curd Rice

23. South Indian Style Curd Rice – Authentic Daddojanam

south indian style curd rice South Indian Style Curd Rice is a blend of a staple and comfort food of South India. It is a simple yet healthy and delectable rice dish.

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 10min;
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24. Egg Ghee Roast Mangalorean Style

egg ghee roast Egg Ghee Roast is a simple, quick-to-make, and delicious egg recipe popular in Mangalore. It is flavorsome, spicy, and aromatic.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 25min;
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25. Curd Rice – Republic Day | Independence Day Garnish

curd rice Curd Rice is a delicious traditional easy-to-make recipe of South India. It is called thayir sadam, daddojanam, or bagala bath.

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 15min;
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26. Paruppu Usili – Paruppu Usili Recipe

Paruppu Usili Parrupu Usili (scrambled Dal) is a typical classic dish in India. It goes well with buttermilk gravy, sambar and rasam. This will suit all age group peoples, especially for growing kids.

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 20min;
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27. Ragi Adai – Kezhvaragu Adai/Finger Millet Recipe

Ragi Adai recipe Ragi Adai recipe is a healthy and toothsome Indian village style recipe. We can prepare a variety of dishes with this simple but nutrient-rich ingredient.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 15min;
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28. Sambar Rice-How To Prepare Sambar Sadam?

Sambar Rice Sambar rice or Sambar Sadam is a South Indian recipe. It is a delightful and healthy one-pot lunch box recipe. This nutrient-rich meal for growing kids.

Prep Time: 20min; Cook time: 15min;
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29. Tamarind Rasam – How to Make Tamarind Rasam

Tamarind Rasam Tamarind Rasam is a charming  & healthy savory Indian style recipe. The texture exactly resembles soup, and it tastes like fresh sour with mild spice.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 10min;
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30. Pasalai Keerai Masiyal Recipe – Palak Masiyal

Pasalai Keerai Masiyal Recipe Pasalai Keerai Masiyal recipe is nutrient-rich colorful and yummy South Indian style recipe. It is prepared with the combination of toor dal and spinach.  

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 20min;
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31. Beans Poriyal Recipe – Beans Poriyal (Shallow Fry) With Dal Combination

Beans Poriyal Recipe Today I am going to make simple and eye-catching greenish Beans Poriyal Recipe  (shallow fry) with Dal combination. Beans uziyal & kootu (semi gravy).

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 15min;
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32. Onion Chutney With Coriander Leaves Recipe

Chutney-coriander Onion chutney with coriander leaves recipe has very unique taste. An easy delicious easy to make recipe. It is mix of Onion and garlic. Healthy recipe.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 15min;
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33. Carrot Poriyal Recipe-Shallow Fry With Coconut

carrot poriyal recipe Carrot Poriyal recipe is a simple & picturesque recipe in South Indian cuisine. Prepare carrot poriyal with a mix of some vegetables like potato, beans etc.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 10min;
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34. Simple Carrot Rice Recipe

carrot rice recipe Simple carrot rice recipe. It is pleasent and slightly spiced recipe you can prepare for your quick lunch. One-pot meal recipe. Best method to cook rice.

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 15min;
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35. Moong Dal Recipe- Pasi Paruppu Sambar

Moong Dal recipe is one of the simple and famous homemade tiffin sambars in South India. The best sambhar combination with idly, vada & Pongal rice.

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 15min;
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36. Ven Pongal Recipe – Ven Pongal

Ven Pongal/Milaku Pongal recipe Ven Pongal recipe is Southern part of India dish. It named after Pongal festival celebrated in Tamilnadu. Ven Pongal made with rice & moong dal in breakfast

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 20min;
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37. Ridge Gourd Shallow Fry Recipe- Peerkangai Shallow Fry

Ridge Gourd Shallow Fry Recipe Ridge Gourd Shallow Fry recipe is a famous South Indian recipe. It's less spicy & incredibly smooth. It has a blend of spicy & creamy taste.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 15min;
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38. South Indian Pumpkin Fry Recipes

South Indian Pumpkin Fry South Indian Pumpkin Fry look plain but when you taste it will just blow your mind. Some bites you may feel sweet, some spicy and sometimes both. 

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 10min;
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39. Simple & Easy South Indian Lemon Rice Recipe

lemon rice South Indian Lemon rice is one of the easiest and mouth-watering rice dish. It is one of our school time favorite. You can eat it with curd or Raita.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 30min;
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40. South Indian Idli – Idli Recipe

South Indian Idli South Indian Idli is an appetizing, easy to cook and popular recipe made with a granular paste of rice and urad dal (split Black lentils). Soft and Spongy South Indian Idlis are perfect for snacks, breakfast, or brunch. Usually, South Indian Idli is served with coconut chutney or sambhar or both.

Prep Time: 45min; Cook time: 30min;
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Authentic South Indian Dessert

We know very little about the sweet dishes in South Indian cuisine. And it is a given that every cuisine has something sweet to offer. So enjoy some unique sweet delight with the below desserts.

41. Coconut Kheer | Nariyal ki Kheer | नारियल की खीर

42. Carrot Kheer | गाजर की खीर | Gajar Kheer | Carrot Payasam

Carrot Kheer Carrot kheer (गाजर की खीर) is a totally unique variety in the kheer recipes. I am pretty sure you will love making it. Watch the video

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 20min;
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43. Rava (Semolina) Kesari Sooji Halwa (With Food Color)

rava kesari Rava kesari or kesari bath is one of the simple and colorful eye-catching desserts in India.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 20min;
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44. Sweet Pongal – How to Prepare Sakkarai Pongal?

Sweet pongal Sweet Pongal is a wondrous and traditional South Indian recipe prepared using jaggery, ghee, cashew, moong dal, and milk. 

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 30min;
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45. How To Prepare Pidi Kozhukattai-Pidi Kozhukattai Recipe

pidi kozhukattai Pidi Kozhukattai recipe is a traditional Indian style neivedhyam prepared during the Vinayaka Chaturthi/Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

Prep Time: 20min; Cook time: 15min;
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46. Khubani Ka Meetha Recipe – Indian Apricot Pudding

Khubani Ka Meetha Khubani Ka Meetha or Indian Apricot Pudding is a traditional Hyderabadi sweet delicacy prepared with dried apricots, milk and fresh cream. It is a famous Hyderabadi dessert, usually served at Hyderabadi weddings and gatherings. It is a tummy filling creamy delight, a perfect choice for iftar desserts in Ramadan.

Cook time: 25min;
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