Simply South : South Indian Delicacies and Recipes

South Indian lemon rice

When you talk about the South Indian food, the first thing that comes to our mind is Dosa, Uttapam and Idli Sambhar. Apart from these few dishes there are various other delicious delicacies of South India which are not much famous or popular to rest of the country. These dishes should be in the Must-have-food category when in South India.

These delicacies include Avial, which is a mix veg cooked in coconut preparation. Curd Rice, Lemon rice, Meen Molee i.e. fish curry in coconut milk. Kodi Vepudu – a boneless chicken preparation

Avial Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Brinjals
  • 2 Raw banana
  • 2 Potato
  • 2 Carrot
  • 100 gm French beans
  • 2 big pieces Pumpkin
  • 3 Drumsticks
  • Half Coconut
  • 2 cups Sour curd
  • 5 Green chillies
  • ½ tbsp. Turmeric powder
  • ½ tbsp. Cumin seeds
  • Salt to taste

Method :

  • Clean the vegetables and cut them into 2 inch pieces and parboil them with turmeric powder and salt.
  • Grate the coconut and grind it with green chillies and cumin seeds to get a smooth paste.
  • Take the cooked vegetables and add the ground paste, salt and curd and simmer on low flame for some minutes.
  • Then temper with coconut oil, mustard seeds and curry leaves.

Curd Rice Recipe

Ingredients :

  • 250 gm Rice
  • 2 cups Fresh curd
  • ½ tsp Mustard seeds
  • 50 gm Cashews (broken)
  • 2 Red chilli
  • 2 Green chilli (chopped)
  • 1 inch Ginger (chopped)
  • 2 sprigs Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  • Cook the rice and when cool mix the curd with it thoroughly.
  • Heat the oil and add the mustard seeds, red chillies and curry leaves.
  • When the mustard crackles add the green chillies , ginger and salt and pour over the rice mixture.
  • Garnish with cashew nuts and coriander leaves and serve cold.

Lemon Rice Recipe

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms Rice
  • Juice of 2 Lemons
  • ½ tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Chana dal
  • 4 Red chilli
  • 100gm Groundnut(fried)
  • 2 Springs Curry leaves
  • 2 Green chilli
  • 1 inch Ginger (chopped)
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp Asfoetida
  • Coriander leaves
  • 50 ml Oil
  • Salt to taste

Method :

  • Cook the rice till half done.
  • Heat the oil and add mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, red chillies and curry leaves.
  • Add the chopped ginger and green chillies and toss.
  • Add the turmeric powder, asfoetida, salt and rice and toss.
  • Sprinkle lemon juice over this and cook for a few minutes.
  • Serve hot garnished with fried groundnuts and chopped coriander leaves.

Meen Molee Recipe

Ingredients :

  • 6 Pomfrets
  • 3 slices Onion
  • 1 inch Ginger chopped
  • 6 Green chilli (chopped)
  • 8 flakes Garlic (chopped)
  • 2 slices
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. Mustard seeds
  • 1 Coconut grated
  • 2 springs Curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut oil
  • Salt to taste

Method :

  • Cut the pomfrets into fillets.
  • Grind the coconut and take half cup of thick milk, half a cup of second extract and half a cup of third extract.
  • Heat the oil and add the mustard seeds and when it splutters add the ginger, garlic, green chillies and onion and fry till the onion turns transparent.
  • Add turmeric powder, the fillets and the third extract of the coconut milk.
  • Bring to boil and then simmer for 3 minutes, slowly turning the fillets.
  • Add salt, tomato and the second extract of the milk and simmer for another 3 minutes.
  • Remove from fire and add the first extract of the milk and bring to a boil over low flame.
  • Sprinkle lemon juice and mix carefully and serve hot with rice.

Kodi Vepudu Recipe

Ingredients :

  • 1 kg Chicken (boneless, cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 500 gm Onion (diced)
  • 200 gmTomato (chopped)
  • 3 tsp. Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Peppercorns (crushed)
  • 2 springs Curry leaves
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp Chilli powder
  • 3 tsp Coriander powder
  • 2 inch Cinnamon piece
  • 5 Cardamoms
  • 4 Cloves
  • 3 tbsp. Oil
  • 25 gm Cashews
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  • Heat the oil and add the cinnamon,cardamom, cloves and the onions and fry till they turn brown.
  • Add the ginger, garlic paste, tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder and chilli powder and cook for three minutes.
  • Add the chicken cubes and add water enough for cooking.
  • Cook till the chicken is tender and the water has dried.
  • Add curry leaves, cashews and pepper powder and cook for two minutes and then serve hot.