10 Best South Indian Rice Recipes

If you love South Indian food, you would know that rice plays a very important role in most of the regional cuisines of the Southern states in India.

Sarika Rana  |  Updated: August 11, 2020 14:53 IST

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10 Best South Indian Rice Recipes
Highlights
  • South India is one of the biggest rice cultivators in the country
  • They prepare different delicacies with rice
  • Here are 10 South Indian dishes that you can make at home with rice

If you love South Indian food, you would know that rice plays a very important role in most of the regional cuisines of the Southern states in India. South India is one of the biggest rice cultivators in the country and this is probably why rice is a staple food down South. They prepare different delicacies with rice ranging from fragrant biryanis to rich desserts. Here are 10 exciting South Indian dishes that you can make at home with rice.



1. Deep South Spiced Rice



Rice tossed with kidney beans, onions, chilies and peppers, you will love this wholesome dish. It makes for a great light lunch you can carry to work.

riceRice tossed with kidney beans, onions, chilies and peppers
 

2. Tamarind Rice



One of the most popular dishes in South India is the tamarind rice. It is a tangy dish made with rice, channa dal and urad dal and infused with the flavor of tamarind pulp.
 

tamarind riceOne of the most popular dishes in South India is the tamarind rice​
 

3. Ven Pongal

This traditional South Indian breakfast dish is light and delicious and goes beautifully with both sambhar and chutney.

ven pongalThis traditional South Indian breakfast dish is light​
 

4. Tomato Rice



Rice cooked with the tang of tomatoes and flavours of coriander, chilies and mint.

tomato riceRice cooked with the tang of tomatoes and flavours of coriander, chilies and mint Photo Credit: Facebook/Cook click n devour

5. Kozhikodan Biryani



The name of this biryani comes from Kozhikode, also known as Calicut which is a city in Kerala. The biryani cooked with chicken and spices and topped with boiled eggs.

dum biryaniThe biryani cooked with chicken and spices and topped with boiled eggs​
 

6. Puliyodharai



Steamed rice tossed with a spice mix, a tangy tamarind-based pullikacchal masala and the added crunch of peanuts, puliyodharai is no ordinary rice dish.

puliyodharai

Steamed rice tossed with a spice mix, a tangy tamarind-based pullikacchal masala and the added crunch of peanuts

7. Haal Bai



A savoury dish from Karnataka made with rice, coconut, buttermilk and mild spices. The beauty of it is that it can also be made into a dessert with jaggery.

haal baiA savoury dish from Karnataka made with rice, coconut, buttermilk and mild spices​
 

8. Mavinakayi Nellikai Chitranna (Raw mango & gooseberry rice)



Create magic with an exciting combination of amla, raw mangoes and rice. The rice dish is then infused with the goodness of local herbs and spices and cooked to perfection.

sesame riceCreate magic with an exciting combination of amla, raw mangoes and rice
 

9. Malabar Fish Biryani



Enjoy the classic coastal biryani in the comfort of your home with this super easy recipe.

fish biryaniEnjoy the classic coastal biryani in the comfort of your home​
 

10. Arisi Tengaay Payasam



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A quick and easy fix for your sweet cravings, here's the recipe for the traditional Iyenger style payasam where rice is cooked in the flavors of jaggery, coconut and cardamom.

625 payasam traditional

A quick and easy fix for your sweet cravings, here's the recipe for the traditional Iyenger style payasam

Do you know any interesting ways to cook rice South-Indian style? You must share.



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