April 11, 2009

South Indies - A Series on South Indian Cuisine

This year around, I plan to start a series on South Indian Cuisine. Why South Indian ?? In my opinion, South Indian Cuisine is quite an under-rated one. I often meet people who think South Indian food is all about Idli, Dosa & Sambar. Surprisingly, South Indian cuisine has much more to it than these obvious ones, Apparently, it is among the world's richest & most varied cuisine.

I am from the South & I love my roots. Ever since I entered into the blogging world, I have always wanted to showcase South Indian Cuisine in a way appealing to the rest of the world. I was really really inspired by this upscale restaurant in Bangalore, called South Indies which serves exotic vegetarian South Indian cuisine in a contemporary style. I was very impressed with the food there, & What I really loved was the concept behind it.

Since there are a very few attempts made to showcase South Indian cuisine on the same pedestal as North Indian food or probably Punjabi cuisine, here's my attempt attempt to do the same in my own small way & a sincere one at that


South Indian cuisine is distinguished by greater emphasis on rice, which is a staple grain, ubiquity of sambar & Rasam, liberal use of coconut, tamarind, & curry leaves.

Even though, coconut, red chillies, tamarind & jaggery are the most commonly used ingredients across the 4 states, each of them have their distinct tastes & methods of cooking. I will be showcasing recipes from 4 beautiful Southern States,

-- Andhra Pradesh -- Karnataka -- Kerala -- Tamil Nadu

This is NOT an event per se, but will be featured as a regular series. I look forward to recipes, ideas & contributions from my blogger friends & other readers as well. I will hand pick a recipe, either my own or from contributions sent & will feature it every fortnight/month depending on the response.

I do hope, many of my non-South Indian readers will be inspired to cook some real nice recipes, South Indian Cuisine offers.

Mail your recipes/ideas/suggestions to vegetable.platter@gmail.com

Stay tuned for a cuilnary journey, Southwards . . .

76 comments:

Sathya Sankar said...

This is a great series deesha, count me in...

n33ma said...

Deesha this is neat.....I'm a south Indian too and would love to send in some entries.

Priya Sriram said...

Ah, there we go for an awesome SI cuisine! :D :D
Sure, count me in too... :)

Madhumathi said...

Ah!Here comes a wonderful series of south indian recipes..Looking forward to it :)

Cham said...

Idli and sambar rule! He he, great idea!

Lavanya said...

i would love to send my contribution to this wonderful event...very good idea:)

Uma said...

Nice idea Deesha!

Red Chillies said...

Strangely i have heard not so good remarks about South indies. So even though i went to Bangalore this time, we did not go there. Looking forward to the recipes and wish to learn more.

A journey called Life said...

hey deesha.. nice attempt.. im all set for some lip smacking traditional fare..

LG said...

I am all eyes for tempting S-I-Dishes

Pooja said...

wonderful series..will send you something..

rekhas kitchen said...

great idea dheesa will try to send some to you

ARUNA said...

wow whose idea was this.......its gr8!!!

jayasree said...

Great idea. I am sure this series will help to know more abt andhra and karanatak cusine.

spicencook said...

Amazing...... I just luv that restaurant.....though being a south indian, I'm always "IN" to visit that restaurant anytime of the day...... :))))
Loved the concept rather....!!!

Varunavi said...

Nice theme of featuring south indian culinary.
will try to send something.
U mean any south indian dish??

sowmya said...

I am a tamilian and realised (that is when i started cooking)that south cooking is so elaborate and not restricted to sambars and idlis we know off, so i started tamil recipe section inmy blog...
This move of yours to focus on SI recipe is fantastic..waiting for it..

Asha said...

Great idea. So we just e mail or send the links of SI dishes to you or e mail the recipes and you cook one of them? I am a bit confused, as usual!!:P

Half of my blogs are loaded with South Indian dishes already of course, I would love to send them! :)

Beautiful logo. I am proud to be a Southie.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wonderful concept!! yes, i do feel south indian cuisine is under-rated.

i am ready to send in recipes.

Asha said...

Deesha, that sounds excellent. I have one very tasty recipe for you from my ajji's home. I will post it in 2 weeks and then I will send you to try. Hope you do trial run that one, I love it personally! :)

aquadaze said...

This is great! Will send you something doon :)

A_and_N said...

Great idea, Deesha. Keep it up!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Looks like a great idea Deesha, should even inspire the south Indians to cook more traditional...

Vandana Rajesh said...

wonderful idea Deesha. Count me in!!Being a south indian I love the cuisine which surely has much more than the dosa and idlis.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow that's a nice idea.

notyet100 said...

this looks interestin,..will be waitin for the next post,..;-)

Deepa Hari said...

Nice idea Deesha...my all time fav. cuisine.

Suparna said...

Hi Deesha,
Thanks for visitng my blog :)
It's a great idea! I love south Indian cuisine, looking fwd for the posts at ur blog. Happy hosting :)
TC

n33ma said...

Deesha I have just posed a recipe for South Indies.should I link to this or mail it to you.

Raaga said...

Nice idea... I agree with you... many people do not think beyond idli, dosa and sambar.

I also showcase a lot of south indian cooking in my blog.

Madhavi said...

Greatttt idea Deesha !!!

Archy said...

Great series of South Indian dishes !!

Sanghi said...

Superb idea deesha..! Do check my First event roundup at my blog and give your suggestions..!:)

Jaya said...

I am really looking forward to this series ..
hugs and smiles

Sia said...

wonderful event, Deesha. I agree that s.Indian cuisine is quite under rated. so can't wait to participate in this event :)

Prathibha said...

I also agree with you deesha..Looking forward for the series..
chk my blog dear, something is waiting for you!!

Vicky Xavier. said...

Well said Deesha. I feel so proud of u girl. SI foods are very recognized and misunderstood because of many restaurant versions:) Nice Idea to bring the best out of each state. Count me on.

UjjU said...

hello Deesha,
Nice event. I'm looking forward to the round-up. I've sent my entries. Please do acknowledge :)

Pooja said...

This is a great event Deesha :) I'm also from South India. Would love to take part. I'll send over my entry soon :)

Pavithra said...

great idea.. I will send it soon

Varsha Vipins said...

Great idea Deesha..I can send u so so many as my blog has mainly South Indian dishes..will send my Tomato rice now..:)

Pooja said...

Great idea Deesha. I am also from South. Would love to take part :)

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