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Fall in love with South Indian cuisine

South Indian food is something every Indian craves for once in a while. And some people are such a hard-core fan of this cuisine that they can’t go a single day without grabbing at least a bite of it. Also, you can never even think of winning a debate when it comes to a question of- which one’s better- North Indian or South Indian? It’s one of the hardest decisions to make in life. Both have their own extravagant and distinct taste. South Indian delights have a full list of foods ranging from sweet to sour. They use healthy and flavoursome ingredients like curry leaves, asafoetida, tamarind, coconut and many more.

But you do not need to head down to the South to get that unique experience; instead you can experiment with it at your home. We have got a perfect South-Indian meal for you to try for yourself!

Start with some frying: Chettinad Fish fry is the perfect starter to your meals when we talk about South- Indian cuisine. Loaded with flavours, this fish fry with aromatic spices is a winner. Another perfect starter is the Parappu Vadai, prepared with mixed dal and a range of spices are deep-fried till crisp and perfect. Both with a flavoursome taste are a serious competition to each other, choose wisely!


Classic curries for you: Under the umbrella of South-Indian food are many South-cities with different foods to love of their own. It’s a never ending list actually but we have taken out the best ones for you! Mangalorean Majjige Huli or Tamil’s Lamb Curry, let’s see which one makes it to your plates. The Majjige is a unique cucumber available in Mangalore with a distinct texture and taste. It’s a super healthy curry prepared with ivy gourd, string beans and authentic Indian spices. The Madras Lamb curry, cooked with a medley of spices, sweet and spicy taste with some tamarind and tomatoes is a dish favoured by the Tamils. Serve them both piping hot either with rice or roti.


The South Indian ritual- Rasam and rice: Undoubtedly, rice and rasam has been the staple diet of the South-Indians. A meal without Rasam is said to be incomplete in a Tamilian family. An appetising and comforting food with a spicy and tangy flavour the comforting aroma of curry leaves. Served with piping hot rice, it tastes heavenly. You can also try this Andhra style curd rice- simple curd rice can be prepared with steamed rice and plain curd or with tempering of urad dal, mustard seeds, chillies, coriander leaves and top it with some sweet pomegranate pearls to make it interesting.


Chutney toh chahiye: Coastal cuisine and coconut chutney go hand in hand. Any South-Indian would surely say Chutney toh chahiye! This Kacche aam and Nariyal ki chutney is prepared with the freshness of mango and coconut, has a sweet and sour taste, just the way you will love it. An interesting accompaniment, to your snacks, starters and even wholesome meals and it will definitely enhance the taste of any boring meal too. This Tamarind chutney is a favourite of Andhraites, prepared with tangy tamarind leaves and sweet jaggery.


Kuch meetha bhi ho jaaye: Most of the times, you complete the entire meal so that you can get the taste of some desserts. Payasaam is one of the desserts which you can totally This coconut Parippu payassam, with cooked rice, coconuts, jaggery and roasted cashew nuts, tastes great both hot and cold. Another mithai which you can also try is the famous Mysore Pak, a rich sweet prepared with gram flour, ghee, and sugar and flavoured with cardamom powder.

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We will be back with other cuisines as well, till then enjoy your South-Indian meal and let us know how you like it!


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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.