Lunch time should be a memorable meal, after all you do need a good break while at work or even home. But then again, not all of us have the luxury of cooking scrumptious meals, and as such we always resort to easier options which save us time but aren’t always healthy. The truth is that there are various lip-smacking recipes that you can dish out in a matter of a few minutes. Yes, it’s a fact. And if you love South Indian food, you lunch option galore can be endless with so many delectable recipes to try.
Those who are familiar with South Indian food will know that the various regional dishes come packed with flavor. Even a simple plate of sambar and rice can make you feel happy and satisfied to the core. Rice of course is an important ingredient and as such one gets to see many rice-based creations such as tamarind rice, tomato rice, puliyogare, curd rice, bisi bele bhaat, among others that make for great lunch options. Moreover, they are super easy to dish out at home so cooking them is a breeze.
If you love veggies
then you can cook them the South Indian way using ingredients like mustard seeds, curry leaves
, grated coconut, tamarind, etc. Drumstick, brinjal, beans, cabbage and sprouts commonly feature in the South Indian lunch menu. For meat lovers, you can make flavorful stews and curries. For a more elaborate affair, how about trying the Malabar Fish Biryani or Mangalorean Fish Gassi? Tempted? Try our 10 best South Indian lunch recipes
-1. Tamarind RiceRecipe by ChefNiru Gupta
A tangy rice dish made with channa
and urad dal
, infused with the flavour of tamarind pulp. You can enjoy it with papad
and pickle on the side.
2. Arachu Vitta SambarRecipe by Chef Aditya Bal This dish is also known as Puliyodharai in Tamil language.
In tamil language, the word arachuvitta means to 'grind'. The sambhar is made with roasted spices which are then ground with fresh coconut, hence the name Arachu Vitta. This sambar
recipe is made with urad dal, tur dal
and a little channa dal
, along with drumsticks, coconut, tamarind and spices.
3. Malabar Fish BiryaniRecipe by Chef Abida Rasheed This sambhar is a Tambrahm speciality, made specially in tamil brahman homes without onions and garlic.
In Malabar this dish is made with "kaima rice" a short grain mildly flavored rice. It is also known as the biryani rice of Kerala. This classic Malabar Fish Biryani
can be devoured at all times.
4. Avial with Kerala Red RiceRecipe by Chef Joey MathewAvial Enjoy the delicious taste of this ever-charming dish.
is a traditional south Indian dish from Kerala
. A thick mixture of vegetables like drumsticks, potatoes and carrots are cooked in coconut oil and mustard seeds. Served with red rice.
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal 5. Bendekaayi Gojju A salad made of cooked vegetables, seasoned with coconut paste, curry leaves and coconut oil.
Bendekaayi Gojju is a bhindi
recipe from South India that belongs to Kannada
cuisine. It's sweet, tangy and very masaledar.It is also known as Saasive Gojju (Mustard seeds curry) as it uses raw mustard seeds.
6. Mango KuzhambuRecipe byNithya Ravi This creamy gojju is a tangy, sweet and spicy curry that goes well with roti and rice.
A delicious, simple and easy to make Kara Kuzhambu using ripe mangoes. Popular during summer season and in parts of Tamil Nadu, this is best served with hot rice.A beautiful curry with the tangy combination of mango and tamarind and the perfect punch of spice.7. PuliyogareRecipe by Viji Varadarajan
In many South Indian households, Puliyogare is very common breakfast or lunch recipe. Basically, puliyogare is mix of left over rice and spices with tamarind and jaggery. these would result in a combination of sweet and tangy rice.
(Also read: Why is Puliyogare a hot favourite dish?
8. Aatukkari Kuzhambu with Steamed RiceRecipe by Team India A popular lunch treat in South Indian, this spicy rice is best teamed with coconut chutney.
South Indian lamb curry with coconut milk, tamarind and curry leaf tempering. Pair it with rice and enjoy your afternoon!
9. Fish GassiRecipe by Niru Gupta Enjoy this authentic delicacy with rice.
A Manglorean classic this delicious fish curry is ideal for anyone who loves seafood, spice and creamy coconut milk. Soothing combination of rich flavours that compliment any fish, this curry is not only tasty but is fairly simple to put together.
10. Ariti Pooru Kobri A delicious fish curry, cooked in a coconut and masala paste, simmered in tamarind paste and coconut milk.
Recipe by Chef K.K.Nair, Taj Residency, Vishakapatnam
Ariti Pooru Kobri is made from banana flowers, curry leaves, mustard seeds, red chillies
and coconut. This dish hails from Andhra Pradesh, South India.
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Worth a try for an everlasting taste.
Armed with our best 10 South Indian Lunch Recipes, you can now get going and try each one of them and be the best host for scrumptious lunch parties.