South Indian Cuisine is spread over Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana and the union territories of Lakshadweep, Pondicherry, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Each region comes with its own flavors and you will be surprised that each regional cuisine in south india can be in turn subdivided into small cuisines.
The Curry recipes and gravy recipes in south india vary from region to region.
Kootu Recipes - Kootu is a form of gravy which is a combination of ground spices with coconut and combined with dal and vegetables. Kootu recipes are very nutritious makes a very wholesome and high protein meal. It can be eaten along with phuklas or along with rice and rasam.
Kuzhambu Recipes - Kuzhambu is a form of a tangy and spicy gravy that has no dal in it. Kuzhambu recipes are made with a variety of vegetables cooked in a spicy tamarind curry. The spices for the kuzhambu are either ground fresh or sambar powder is also popularly used to make this dish.
Pulusu, Pappu, Koora - These are dishes from the Andhra Cuisine, which are made with dal's and combined along with chillies, coconut or even tamarind. Vegetables are also added to these to make it more nutritious and wholesome.
In this page you will find 100+ traditional collection of South Indian Curry Recipes from Panasa Pottu Pappu Koora Recipe, Poosanikai Rasavangi, Chettinad Kathirikai Chops Recipe, Kondai Kadalai Puli Kuzhambu, Chow Chow Kootu and much more
Narthangai Curry in the South Indian cuisine, especially tamil cuisine, citron is widely used in pickles and preserves. Here is delicious sweet and sour recipe of this fruit that can be had with steamed rice, dosa's or even along with phulka's. In Tamil, the unripe fruit is referred to as 'Narthangai', which is usually salted and dried to make a preserve. The tender leaves of the plant are used with chilli powder and other spices to make a powder, called Veppalaikatti or Narthellai podi. Both ...
The Kerala Style: Ulli Theeyal is a delicious prepartion of the small onions that are roasted and cooked in in a spicy tamarind coconut gravy. The recipe has a simple set of ingredients used in the kerela cooking and makes a perfect dish to be made during festivals like Onam or even when you have guests. It is different from the regular sambars and rasam and goes well when served with steamed rice or Kerala parotta.
Take a look at more Kerala Style recipes to try
Vendakkai Uppadan Recipe ...
The Taushem Tondak is a delicious Goan style Black Chickpeas and Cucumber Masala Curry that is made in a tangy and spicy coconut base. Taushem means cucumber and tondak means masala gravy. The addition of Kabuli chana or black chickpeas to this tondak to make it a bit unique and a twist I have given to the recipe. You can add any type of gram to this tondak to make it a high protein and wholesome dish.
Serve the Black Chickpeas And Cucumber Masala (Taushem Tondak) along with steamed rice for ...
Pineapple Gojju Recipe is a sweet and spicy, tangy curry made using pineapples, typical to Karnataka. It is a festive dish and served during weddings and other celebrations when a traditional meal is served on a banana lead. It is rich in flavour, thanks to the pineapple and freshly ground spices that are used. It is best served with hot Steamed Rice, but can also be served with Chapatis.
Have you tried some other regional specialities like Kerala Cheriya Ulli Sambar, Hyderabadi Khatti Dal and Parsi ...
Goan Mushroom Xacuti is an authentic Goan traditional dish which tastes the best when cooked using wild or forest mushrooms, which are available during the rainy season. On the other hand Xacuti is a Goan Masala with certain blend of spices which is extremely popular across India and is used to prepare gravy based recipes.You can also cook this recipe with simple mushrooms, but for the real taste you should always go for the forest ones. Wild mushrooms are a bit more rubbery in taste and takes more ...
Kerala Kootu Curry Recipe is a very traditional north Kerala dish that is made from Yellow Pumpkin cooked along with Desi Channa or Black Eyed Beans and spiced with coconut. When I first had this dish in an ayurvedic restaurant I fell in love with it. The beans you wish to add is purely your choice and taste. I sometimes add whole toor dal (as shown in the image), desi chana (dark brown chickpea) or even black-eyed beans. Serve Kerala Kootu Curry along with Sambar of your choice.
If you like ...
The Indian hog plum is also known as Amtekai or Ambade and if you haven't, you are really missing something. It's tangy and looks little similar to tiny raw mango . That's why may be it's called wild mangoes too. Amtekai is a very popular fruit in Coastal Karnataka and is used as a souring agent to make pickles, curries , chutneys, raita and much more.
The Amtekai Gojju Recipe is a classic dish made from this fruit which is flavored with traditional south indian spices in a coconut curry base. ...
Mooga Gathi or Mooghache Gathi is a traditional Goan dish usually served in temples. This dish is made using green gram or moong sprouts in a delicious coconut gravy which is tempered with mustard leaves and curry leaves. This is a pure veg dish made without using onion and garlic. Yet, this dish tastes so delicious that you will want to eat more. This dish is also made on special occasions like religious functions and festivals where we eat pure veg food. It tastes best with pooris, but some people ...
Pachadi is an essential side dish at any Kerala Sadya (Grand feast), whether it is a wedding or a religious holiday or a birthday. Pachadi is a side dish made from different vegetables like ginger, cucumber, pineapple, lady’s finger, bitter gourd or ginger. The traditional Vendakka Pachadi uses deep fried okra/ lady's finger. But my version of Kerala Style Vendakkai Pachadi Recipe uses baked okra making it healthier with very less oil. A Pachadi usually uses only yogurt for the gravy but I ...
Peanut Curry or Shengdanachi Amti is a Maharashtrian curry made especially during fasting days. This curry is usually served with varicha bhaat which is made using samo seeds. This Varicha bhaat and shengdanyachi amti is usually made during the holy month of Shravan when most people fast. Peanuts are high in protein and fibre and helps to improve satiety and aids in weight loss. They are rich in vitamin B6 and vitamin E and lots of minerals like magnesium, zinc, iron, magnesium, etc. Peanuts also ...
Puli Keerai is a traditional South Indian Recipe that serves a main course. It is more like a sambar or rasam that goes well with rice. Puli Keerai is a simple recipe that doesn’t need any special ingredient. The spinach that is used gives good amount of iron to the body. This can be packed even for lunch. Puli Keerai is a quick dish that can be prepared in minimum time on a busy day.
Serve the Puli Keera Recipe (Tamarind Spinach Curry) with rice and Vendakkai Poriyal.
You may also like ...
Kurma in Kerala is a typical curry made with different vegetables, yellowish in colour with slightly mashed veggies and a vibrant flavour of coconut milk. Cauliflower Kurma is one such kind of curry that is teemed up with small chopped carrots and green peas and is particularly served with Idiyappam or Rice.
Serve Kerala Style Cauliflower Kurma with steamed rice and Elai Vadam for a comfort meal. Cauliflower Kurma also goes well with Whole Wheat Lachha Parathas.
If you like this recipe, you can ...
Mavina Hannina Gojju is a Karnataka Style Curry Recipe which is prepared from ripe mangoes. This curry is a cascade of spicy, tangy and sweetish taste. It requires fewer ingredients to make this finger licking Mangalore special maavina hannina gojju. The dish is traditionally made from fibrous mango variety (wild mangoes or kaadu maavu) which are sour and sweet and hence provide a unique flavor.
This Karnataka Style Ripe Mango Curry Recipe provides a great side dish to plain cooked rice, Mustard ...
Avarekaalu or Broad beans are available in Karnataka during the winter season. This bean is soft, mushy and has a distinct aroma. My mom used to prepare a number of dishes using this bean. Avarekaal rotti and avarekaal usli have been my long time favourites since then. Avarekaalu Usli is a simple gravy recipe made with Broad beans and spices.
Serve Avarekaalu Usli with Roti or Whole Wheat Lachha Paratha for your weekday lunch or dinner.
You can also try other gravy based recipes such as
South Indian Style Vegetable Kurma is a delicious mild flavored mixed vegetable curry that is usually paired with chapathi or poori. Wonderful aromatic spices are subdued with thick coconut paste and cashew paste to give it a rich creamy texture. Poppy seeds are must that goes into the kurma. Grind it with cashews to get a nice thick creamy paste. The flavor of poppy seeds in the kurma makes a lot of difference. Add any vegetables of your choice to this kurma, but the best options are carrots, beans, ...
Parangikkai Keerai Kuzhambu is a yellow pumpkin curry combined with spinach to make a delicious weeknight dinner. This is a favorite preparation where the combination of green chillies and coconut along with coriander seeds and jaggery adds a touch of spice and sweetness. We love the pumpkin spinach curry (Parangikkai Keerai Kuzhambu) at home and typically savor it with steamed rice or broken wheat.
Try our other recipes with pumpkin
Pumpkin Erissery Recipe (Kerala Style Pumpkin Sabzi with coconut)
Kathirikai Pitlai Recipe is a traditional South Indian made with eggplant/brinjal. The the pitlai curry is made with freshly roasted and ground condiments and made tangy with tamarind. The toor dal adds to the protien, making this dish wholesome and nutritious. This Kathirikai Pitlai can be prepared using Kathirikkai / Brinjal or Pavakkai / Bitter gourd. You can serve the Kathirikkai Pitlai along with a hot bowl of rice topped with ghee, along with potato roast and a carrot salad.
If you like this ...
Goan Kaju Curry is yet another delicious dish from the western coast of India or the Konkan region. Goan Kaju Curry is normally made using the best quality goan cashew nuts and served as a vegetarian delicacy in goan weddings and parties. The Goan Kaju curry is made by following the traditional style of goan cooking which consists of roasting grated coconut along with onion, garlic and spices and addition of tamarind. Tamarind is used as a souring agent in most of the Goan dishes.
Serve this Goan ...
Sautéed Aubergine With Tamarind Recipe is a perfect dish for dinners or lunches. Makes an elegant dish for the lent season as well. The flavor comes from the tangy tamarind juice or paste which leaves your taste buds tingling and wanting more. Sautéed Aubergine With Tamarind Recipe is a super simple and abundantly flavorful dish that is perfect as a side for rotis/chapathis or plain rice.
If you like this recipe, explore more eggplant/aubergine/brinjal recipes
Aubergine And Cranberry Beans ...
Badanekaayi Gojju or Brinjal curry is one lip-smacking curry. A creamy, spicy, tangy curry that can be served with roti or rice. If you are bored of the usual Brinjal sabzi, you can give this recipe a try and it will surely be loved by your family members.
Serve Badanekaayi Gojju with Whole Wheat Lachha Paratha and Lauki raita for a perfect weekday lunch.
You can also try our other Brinjal recipes like
Kathirikai Podi Curry
Ringna No Olo
Baingan Methi Ka Bharta
Cauliflower Curry with Bell Peppers and Carrots is simmered in a in spiced milk gravy is simple and quick to make for those busy weeknight dinners. Spices like saffron (optional) and cardamom along with cumin with the crunchy florets make it delicious. Serve itCauliflower Curry with Bell Peppers and Carrots in spiced milk gravy along with plain parathas or phulkas or even a pita bread toasted with butter.
If you like this recipe, take a look at more gravy recipes which might interest you
Mulakootal Recipe is a very old, traditional Palakkad Brahmin recipe. It’s a curry made from a combination of lentils and vegetables and coconut gravy. It is a mildly spiced gravy that goes well with steamed rice and ghee. There are some variations of mulakootal, basically depending on the type of vegetable one uses in cooking it. There is keerai mulakootal made with lentils and spinach, there is pumpkin mulakootal made using pumpkin and vegetable mulakootal uses different types of vegetables. ...
Cook Pakoras in this South indian style rich, nutty gravy and give your taste buds a different pakora curry experience. This preparation is very popular in Andhra cuisine.
Serve Pakodi Koora with a bowl of hot steamed rice and south Indian style Papadums.
If you like this recipe, you can also try
Easy Potato Kurma
Bendekaayi Gojju is also known as Saasive Gojju (Mustard seeds curry) as it uses raw mustard seeds. This creamy gojju is a tangy, sweet and spicy curry that goes well with roti and rice. You can serve it for a weekday lunch or dinner.
Serve Bendekaayi Gojju with phulka or steamed rice for a healthy and satisfying weekday meal.
You can also try other Lady finger recipes such as
Makai Wali Bhindi
Punjabi Bhindi Kadhi