Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sodhi / Thenga Paal Kulambu

Sodhi is a very popular South Indian  dish prepared using certain vegetables and coconut milk. 
Its a very mild flavored  curry and very easy one to prepare.
and  yet tastes so great
 It was almost like mor kozhambu that has a runny watery consistency.  
The curry is basically prepared with thin and thick coconut milk then flavored with cinnamon; and the addition of  lemon enhances the flavors. 

In Tamilnadu you can find a little sweet version and in Srilanka you can find it spicy 


  • Coconut - one medium sized coconut 
  • Urad Dhal - 5 tablespoons 
  • Small onions - 5 to 8 
  • Carrots - 1 (cut in small cubes)
  • Beans - 10 (cut in medium sizes)
  • Potato - 1 (peeled and diced into small sized cubes) 
  • Drumstick -1 (cut in to small size)
  • Green chillies - 3 nos slited 
  • Garlic pod - 2 nos
  • Lemon - Juice from half of a lemon 
  • Curry leaves - A handful 
  • Cinnamon stick - 2 small pieces
  • Turmeric powder - 2 pinches 
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds-1/2 tsp
  • Salt - As per taste 
  • Oil - 1 tablespoon 

  • Method 

  • Wash urad dhal and boil it . The dhal should be well cooked 
  • Grate the coconut and add water and grind again into a fine paste. Then strain using  a white cloth and squeeze out the thick milk. Set this aside, do not discard the ground coconut mixture, you will need it to extract thin milk. To extract thin milk pour some water to the coconut mixture mix well and extract thin milk from it and set aside. 
  • Now place a  kadai on heat add oil crack mustard seeds ,fenugreek seeds and curry leaves  pour the second coconut milk into it and add the chopped onions, carrots, beans, cubed potatoes, drumstick slit green chilly, garlic pods, a small cinnamon stick, add salt, turmeric powder and cook on low flame.  
  • When the vegetables gets half cooked add the cooked dhal stir well. Check for salt and add if needed. 
  • Close the pot with a lid and cook until the vegetables are done. 
  • Open the pot and pour the thick coconut milk after the veggies gets cooked well, stir well. Remove from flame when it boils, do not cook further. Pour the lemon juice now and remove from flame.

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