The tradition of eating food out of banana leaves is nothing new. You must have noticed many authentic South Indian restaurants serving food on banana leaves. Have you ever wondered why? Well, it is because eating food on banana leaves is considered a healthy and auspicious practice. Additionally, banana leaves are rich in antioxidants called polyphenols which are also found in green tea and some leafy vegetables. These antioxidants are said to prevent a myriad of diseases. Keeping this in mind, here we bring you some easy recipes that constitute an authentic South Indian meal. So be ready to impress your family with this delicious thali recipe this weekend. Looked.
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Here are 5 South Indian recipes for preparing a South Indian thali:
Bele Saaru (South Indian Dal)
Bele means dal and saaru means soup. This recipe is basically a clear dal soup made in Karnataka, specifically in the Udupi region. Just like rasam, it has a liquid consistency and can be eaten as is. To prepare this, all you have to do is boil some dal with tomato, ginger and others and add a tadka of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves and more. That’s all. Click here for the full recipe.
Talk about South Indian cuisine and it is incomplete without the mention of the quintessential sambar. A classic South Indian vegetarian stew made with legumes and vegetables, sambar is perhaps one of this cuisine’s most comforting dishes. Click here for the sambar recipe.
Poriyal of cabbage
Poriyal is usually made with mashed vegetables, urad dal and onions. You can literally make poriyal in so many ways. For example, poriyal potato, vazakai poriyal, muttakos poriyal and so on! Here we bring you a poriyal cabbage recipe that only takes 20 minutes to prepare. Find the complete poriyal cabbage recipe here.
Here we bring you another easy recipe. Lemon rice is definitely one of those dishes full of flavors! The best part about this dish is that you can make it in just 20 minutes. All you need to prepare this recipe is boiled rice, lemon juice, peanuts and some South Indian spices like curry leaves, mustard seeds and more. Find the complete lemon rice recipe here.
No thali is ever complete without desserts. So here we offer you a super creamy, delicious and indulgent South Indian dessert, which is also very easy and quick to prepare. Golden vermicelli sautéed in ghee, topped with cashews and raisins and simmered with milk. Click here for the full semiya payasam recipe.
Add rice papad, raita and salad and your South Indian banana leaf thali is ready to enjoy! Try it out and let us know how everyone liked it!