5 Great Dishes From South Asia that you need to know about

South Asian cuisine is the culinary traditions of the countries and regions that are now called India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and the Maldives. The cooking of the region is influenced by its history, geography, climate and culture. The region is home to some of the oldest cuisines in the world. It’s rich in spices, nuts and herbs. It often combines sweet and bitter flavors. And it features a variety of meat, poultry and vegetarian dishes. 

The diverse range of South Asian cuisine reflects the vast cultural diversity of the region.

The dishes are a festival of aromas, tastes, colors and textures with a variety of cooking techniques. Many of these dishes are based on rice, and complement it with non-rice items such as lentils, beans, vegetables, nuts, spices and meat. Southern Asian foods can be divided into two general categories: vegetarian and non-vegetarian. But don’t let this fool you. There is a wide variety of dishes that fall into both categories.

We take a look at the extensive South Asian recipes we have for free on the Plate Up app. Click here to download now.

Easy Indian Kedgeree - Instant Pot

Easy Indian Kedgeree - Instant Pot | Indian cuisine | Indian food | plate up

This is an easy breakfast to whip up with leftovers. Turmeric has a distinct orange colour due to a powerful antioxidant pigment called curcumin, which reduces inflammation in the body. Kedgeree originated in colonial India and is now widely eaten as a main meal as well as for breakfast. This dish is also famously known to be eaten in Ramadan as a starter dish to break your fast with.

Vegetable Koftas in a Coconut & Tomato Sauce with Rice - Cyrus Todiwala

Vegetable Koftas in a Coconut & Tomato Sauce with Rice - Cyrus Todiwala| Indian cuisine | Indian food | plate up

Koftas are dumplings generally served in a sauce. Here is a simple recipe you can make, but you can also adapt it and use whatever other vegetables you have available to bring it all together. You will likely have some koftas left over, so keep these separate for the sauce and serve them fried as a snack to eat with a dipping sauce.

Paneer Coconut Curry - Alex Hollywood

Paneer Coconut Curry - Alex Hollywood | Indian cuisine | Indian food | plate up

Paneer – a fresh Indian cheese – is a great alternative to meat and I often have a block or two in my fridge. I love using it as it soaks up all the spices in the sauce and even my die-hard meat-eating husband tucks in when he comes home for a curry dinner.

Indian ‘Dosa’ with Spiced Sweet Potato - Jo Pratt

Indian ‘Dosa’ with Spiced Sweet Potato - Jo Pratt | Indian cuisine | Indian food | plate up

Authentic dosa pancakes are made by soaking, blending and fermenting black gram lentils (urad dal) and rice. Delicious as they are, Jo wanted to make a recipe that can be made without too much advance thought and preparation. So, this is her take on dosa pancakes, which are wrapped around an aromatic spiced sweet potato and chickpea filling.

Egg and Watercress Curry - Nisha Katona

Egg and Watercress Curry - Nisha Katona | Indian cuisine | Indian food | plate up

Egg curry is very popular in India and other South Asian countries. Every family has their own recipe. Nisha loves to give hers a real wake-up call with the addition of fiery English mustard and peppery watercress. The resulting combination of flavours performs a lively dance across your tongue and makes for an exciting lunch or dinner.

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