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Article: Southern dishes to try out starting Dushhera

Southern dishes to try out starting Dushhera

Southern dishes to try out starting Dushhera


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Come winter and we have a whole lot of fresh vegetables, easily available and at better prices than other times because of the abundant supply.  Here are a few suggestions that take advantage of the entire lot of festivals, exclusive occasions like weddings, parties and social gatherings, New Year parties and a lot of informal gatherings, that have already kick started and more are due to arrive at this time of the year.

Here is a wish list of an assortment of recipes that could be tried out this season to get  going and improve our standing in our intimate circles for a start.


1. Tamarind Rice/Puliyogare

A popular South Indian dish that when mixed with rice creates the delightful Tamarind Rice or Puliyogare. There are different versions of it. Try out the Tamil version. Puliyogare is also a good choice to carry while travelling and it's doesn't get spoil soon like other rice recipes.

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2. Vangi Bath

Cook rice, with masala powder, brinjal pieces, spices. This is made with fresh rice.  But you can also use leftover rice and that's makes this more quicker and wonderful way to use the leftovers.

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3. Bisi Bele Bath

The taste buds tickling spicy, aromatic fare of rice, dal, very many vegetables and masala, eaten hot and with additional items like ghee, papad, pickles, pachadi etc. It is very rare that a second helping or more is not had.

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4. Bagara Bhaat/Pulao

Bagara Bhaat or Masala Pulao or bagara pulao is a popular rice variety made with simple ingredients that goes well with any curry.  Bagara Bhaat is a simple version of biryani made with just garam masala and onions. It is different from the usual jeera rice or peas pulao and is a good change for the palate. A Hyderabadi speciality, where Bagara or bagarana means fried or frying, tempering or tadka.

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5. Gongura Pulihora | Gongura Rice | Sorrel Greens Rice

Famous in Andhra Pradesh the Gongura Pacchadi(Gongura chutney) made from Red sorrel leaves that is tasty and lingers on the taste buds is mixed with rice and the resulting fare is something that one can’t refuse easily.

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6.Vegetable Fried Rice - Indian style

Very quick to make, nutritive for the assortment of vegetables, tasty and filling. Have it once in a while when you want to make something fast and filling.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="10163" img_link_target="_self" img_size="400*250"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_column_text][youtube][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]7. Soya Chunks Pulao
Vegetable Pulao is universally loved. What if soft chunks of soya were to be cooked along with it? Check it out.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_column_text][youtube][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="10164" img_link_target="_self" img_size="400*250"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

8. Beetroot Pachadi | Beetroot Raita | Onam Sadya Recipe

A dish that looks very enticing, this raita or pachadi is Kerala style with coconut, normally made during Onam in Kerala. It's really tasty, quite different from usual raita recipe. Surely a good change and healthy too.

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9.Pumpkin Blackeyed Peas Curry

The Pumpkin Blackeyed Peas Curry or Erissery (locally) a typical Kerala curry is one of the main dish in the Onam fare among others. Erissery is made with pumpkin known as Mathanga in Malayam, Red Beans along with coconut and few other ingredients with final touch of coconut, mustard tempering. The same could be prepared with other vegetables as well where pumpkin could be replaced by vegetables like yam, plantain, raw papaya.

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10. Carrot Beans Poriyal

Cabbage Kootu, a simple and tasty dish that is wonderful with sambar, rasam, dal tadka or just plain steamed rice.

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11 . Unniyappam or Inippu Appam

Traditionally made during Onam in Kerala, it’s deep fried in a special Unniyappam pan which is deeper to hold oil. However one can prepare with lesser oil too. If you have ripe banana try any day for the evening snack, don’t wait for Onam or a special occasion only, to enjoy it


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13. Mixed Dal Ambode(Vada)

Mixed dal vada is very good as the usage of urad dal makes the vada softer inside and the other dals give a crispier crunch outside.One can dip them in spiced up curds and make mosaru ambode(curd masala vada) which is also is very tasty.

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14. Vegetable Chops | Stuffed Beetroot Cutlets

A brilliant idea to get the vegetables inside the dough itself. Nutritive and tasty, a delicious thing to be eaten when hot and to turn the mood upbeat.

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15.  Paka Kolar Bora | Bengali Kolar Bora | Ripe Banana Fritters

Bengali kolar bora is banana fritters where paka means ripe, kolar means banana & bora means pakora or fritters and this is a delicious tea time snack. It could be made during particular festivals but what if you make it now?

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16 . Andhra Rava Laddoo

A wonderful sweet dish recipe for festivals like the coming dushhera.

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17. Dry Khoya Sooji Gulab Jamun | Dry Gulab Jamun Recipe

Dry Khoya Jamuns are delicious and comparitively very easy to prepare. It makes for a great sweet for any occasions or celebration.

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18. Mysore Pak (soft)

The very mention of Mysore Pak and the mouth waters for a delicacy that is loved in all parts of the country. The soft version that melts in the mouth and need one say more?

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19. Microwave corn flour halwa recipe 

An easy way to make microwave corn flour halwa, in less than 20 minutes. Just get to know how. For those unexpected guests whom you would like to soften with this delicious sweet just get to

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20. Karjikai | Kajjikayalu | Kadubu | Karanji

Karjikai or Karanji is a festival sweet usually prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi or Diwali. It is basically a thinly rolled chapati made up of maida which is stuffed with a sweet filling made up of fried gram and nuts and then shaped into a half moon using a mould and deep fried until the outer layer is crisp. Youngsters easily gobble up close to half a dozen sometimes.

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21. Badam Kulfi

Something that young and old love, for any occasion, or serves as dessert. Just go ahead, make it, enjoy and get popular too.

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Indians are known to be partial to food, both the spicy and the sweet. No wonder there is always good fare served at any occasion and there is no opportunity lost in celebrating an occasion on some pretext or the other. But apart from the big occasions like weddings, parties, social gatherings, religious functions where it is taken care of you have the more threatening possibilities when home-cooked items are demanded. Boss coming home for dinner, business partners with family dropping in suddenly, classmates demanding a party for friend’s mom’s lip smacking fare, and a host of other unexpected surprise drop-ins.

If popularity is the key to a better way of life why not try a new recipe every now and then to be in the know and what better occasion to start with than festivals?  


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