Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Sodhi

Ever since I first got introduced to aapam and stew (thanks to my keralite neighbours) that was my preferred combination, though I would indulge a little bit in the aapam + sweetened coconut milk combination as well. Whenever I pestered my mom to make potato stew with aapams she would remark how this is similar to what she had as a kid, called sodhi. Though she talked about it she never really made it - not once. I understood from her that it is very popular in Tirunelveli, and my mom had tasted it at her paati's house when visiting.

I finally got to taste this lovely curry when my very good friend, Latha, made it. It was so creamy with lovely coconutty notes and paired beautifully with the spicy potato roast and ginger chutney she cooked. She is rather popular for her sodhi recipe (amongst other dishes) and here's her fool-proof version.... Thank you Latha.

SODHI
Serves: 4 to 5


Ingredients

Moong Daal (Yellow split) - 1/3 Cup, Pressure cook till soft & mash
Beans - 20, cut into 1 inch pieces (lengthwise)
Carrot - 1 Big, cut into 1 inch pieces (lengthwise)
Potato - 1 Medium, cut into 1 inch cubes
Onion - 1 Medium, sliced thin into 1 inch pieces
Garlic - 1 Big whole bulb, peeled & kept as whole cloves
Coconut Milk - 1 Can (400 ml - I use Chaokoh Brand)
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Green Chillies - 4 to 5 or to taste
Curry Leaves - a few
Lemon Juice - 1/2 tsp ( I skipped this)
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad Dhal - 1/2 tsp
Salt

Method:
1) Pre-cook the carrots, beans and potatoes in microwave for 4 minutes with a bit of salt. Grind ginger & green chillis to a paste (I used a mortar & pestle)

2) Heat oil in a pan and season with mustard seeds & split urad daal. Saute curry leaves, onions & garlic, till translucent

3) Add the microwaved vegetables, the ginger-green chilli paste and 2 cups of water along with salt to taste.

4) Cook uncovered till the vegetables are 3/4th done. Now add the smoothly mashed mung dhal and adjust consistency if too thick by adding about half to one cup of water, as required.

5) Allow to cook until the vegetables are fully done and very soft to the touch. Remove from stove and allow to cool slightly (about 5 minutes).

6) Now gradually pour the entire can of coconut milk and mix gently. Add lemon juice if using. Creamy, tasty sodhi is now ready to be served either with idiyaapam or rice.

33 comments:

  1. Appa's fav one Lavanya..I prefer sweet coconut milk for Idityappam..Sodhi looks yummy

    ReplyDelete
  2. Look like kadappa in tamil... But this one is loaded of veg, looks really yum with iddiappam :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. i like appam too..sodhi looks nice,..

    ReplyDelete
  4. This is new for me, looks goooood and nice pic too. Will try soon!!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love sodhi with idyappam.We make it with just drumsticks, not all the veg.s.Shall try this one soon.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Love aapaam recently my mother-in-law made it. But i never knew about the sodhi combo with aapam. Sodhi looks yummy and next time am gonna try it with aapam.

    ReplyDelete
  7. love aapam and coconut milk...my all time fav....lovely recipe

    ReplyDelete
  8. yum yum..looks delicious...i have never had this...now u call tell ur mom you know how to make it :D..and make it for her when she visits!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. there is a surprise for you in my blog.

    Love-Bhawana

    ReplyDelete
  10. wow! all coconutty goodness here :) this is a lovely mix of flavors, Laav, bookmrkd!

    ReplyDelete
  11. u reminded me of the yummy appam and stew that we used to have very often at home! :-( miss those soft appams!! and just like u said, this sodhi looks a lot like the stew, and i'm sure it mustve been awesome!! thanks for sharing, and bringing back find memories, Laavs! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  12. nice recepe..thanks for sharing..wil make this

    ReplyDelete
  13. Love the name, Sodhi..we have family friends with that Last name!
    A mellow looking delicious curry:)

    ReplyDelete
  14. its been so long since i had idiyappam, and now u tempt me with sodhi!! sigh..

    ReplyDelete
  15. Idiyappam and sodhi looks yummy, can I have a bite?;)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Wow, Sodhi! My favorite! I'm drooling laavanya! Its such a great combination with Idiyappam.. I too have the recipe posted in my blog.. very similar one..

    ReplyDelete
  17. This dish is new to me. From the name I first thought it was a Punjabi dish...
    As your mom said, this is very similar to our stew, minus the dal and the tadka...
    Learnt something new today.:D

    ReplyDelete
  18. Sodhi - Very new to me.. Looks good!

    ReplyDelete
  19. love that name sodhi:( and idiyappam and sodhi looks yummy

    ReplyDelete
  20. Thats a lovely picture and a very delicious looking Sodhi! The name sounds 'regional'. Is this preparation a specialty of any particular region in India?

    ReplyDelete
  21. Nice and delicious recipe....its new for me....Thanks for sharing....

    ReplyDelete
  22. Sodhi looks nice with all coconut milk and vegetables....it seems such a punjabi name for a mallu dish

    ReplyDelete
  23. sodhi looks nice .. quite similar to saagu that we make in karnataka minus coconut milk & dal .. looks very delicious

    ReplyDelete
  24. Laavanya-

    Great recipe for sodhi, when I was in college my friend used to bring this and I would love it. This one is being printed off to try out this weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  25. yaa its looks very good with idiappam and appam too....healthy dish tooo...luved ur all dish as usual...hugs to u... :)

    ReplyDelete
  26. my punju neighbour was called sodhi :D

    ReplyDelete
  27. Thanks for the intro to this dish.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your views and comments.

    Mitr - I hope you give it a shot and like it... let me know... :)

    DB & Bee, how funny that this is also a Punjabi name.. :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. Mmmmm, sounds so, so good... I am bookmarking this!

    ReplyDelete
  30. looks great...hearing about it for the first time

    ReplyDelete
  31. I simply luv sodhi dear..Very good recipe...

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for stopping by and providing your valuable feedback. NOTE: I have disabled Anonymous comments (since I was getting a lot of spam).