Kuzhambus - Gravies of South India!

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    Menthi Aku Paapu(Methi Pappu) - Methi leaves + tur or moong dhal

    Yet another Andhra delicacy. Can be eaten with hot rice & ghee or rotis.
    I tried with moong dhal. You can try with either moong or tur dhal.

    Dhal - ½ cup

    Methi leaves, cleaned & chopped - 1 ½ cups

    Red chilli powder - 2 tsp

    Salt,

    Haldi

    To temper:

    Ghee - 2 tsp

    Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

    Jeera - 1 tsp

    Chopped onions - 2 tbsp (optional)

    Chopped garlic - 1 tbsp (optional)

    To garnish - grated coconut (optional)

    Pressure cook dhal with 11/2 cups of water, chilli powder, methi leaves & haldi.

    Open & temper in ghee.

    Garnish with coconut.

    This is made slightly thick.
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    Vegetable Khadi - serve with rice or chappathis.

    Vegetables like baby corn, cauliflower, broccoli, carrot etc are ideal. Cut them into 1“ cubes. Any two or three can be used in combination.

    Cubed vegetables - 2 cups

    Green chillies - 3, 4 slit into 2

    Curry leaves - few

    Lightly roast & coarsely powder:

    Pepper - 1 tsp

    &

    Jeera - ½ tsp

    Besan - 1 tbsp mixed with 1 cup of water

    Curds - 1 cup

    Salt

    To temper:

    Oil - 2 tsp

    Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

    To garnish - chopped coriander leaves

    Boil vegetables with minimum water.

    Heat oil & temper mustard seeds.

    Next add green chillies & curry leaves.

    Now, pepper-jeera powder & then add besan mixed with water, stirring to prevent lump formation.

    Cook for a minute & then add salt & vegetables with water.

    Simmer the mixture, mixing thoroughly.

    Switch off & add beaten curds.

    Blend well & garnish.
     

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    Sweet Potato Thoi - a Managalorean dish !

    This is best eaten with hot rice & vegetable curry.

    Sweet potatoes - one big (boiled, peeled and cut into small cubes)

    Green chillies - 3, slit

    Salt, hing

    To temper:

    Oil - 1 tsp

    Mustard seeds - ½ tsp

    Red chillies - 2

    Curry leaves - few

    Add sweet potato cubes & green chillies to 2 cups of water.

    Mash very lightly & cook.

    Bring to boil & remove.

    Temper as given above.

    This tends to thicken after sometime.So make it quite loose, giving allowance for that.


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    Mushroom Kuzambu - we call this, Kaalaan Kuzambu in Madurai !

    This goes with rice and ghee as well as with all tiffins.

    This dish has a typically Southern flavour.

    Mushroom - 200gms, cleaned & chopped

    Tomatoes - 2, chopped

    Onions - 2, chopped

    Tamarind paste - 1 tbsp

    Salt

    Roast in 1 tsp oil & grind to a paste:

    Red chillies - 5, 6

    Gram dhal, tur dhal & urad dhal - 1 tsp, each

    Khus khus - 2 tsp

    Methi seeds - ½ tsp

    Dhaniya - 2 tsp

    To temper:

    Oil - 1 tbsp

    Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

    Cinnamon - 1 “

    Heat oil & temper as given.

    Add onions & sauté for 5 mts.

    Add chopped tomatoes & fry till mushy.

    Add tamarind paste, salt & ground paste.

    Add enough water to get the desired consistency.

    Simmer to boil.

    Add mushrooms &cook for just 3-4 mts.

    Remove & keep covered for 10 mts.

    Adding a little jaggery is optional.
     

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    Re: Kuzhambus- the gravies of South India.

    Hello Chitra Aunty, cant thank you enough for posting these recipes. Born and brought up in Chennai, i'm a big fan of South Indian cooking. These recipes are truly gems of South India. I'm soo happy to see all these recipes collected in one place.
    I admire the way you present each and every recipe that you posted here. When i saw Small Onion Sambhar with the caption "Sunday Special" , i almost cried... reminded me so much of my childhood. Wanted to jump on the plane to India and go eat Amma's vengaya sambhar and urulai kazhangu kari.

    Thank you soo much. this is awesome. I intend to make each and every one of them.
    We are soo lucky to have these recipes.
    Happy Pongal!!!
    Bharathi
     
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    Re: Kuzhambus- the gravies of South India.

    Dear Bharathi,
    Welcome to IL.
    My main idea in this forum is to give primarily a collection of traditional Tamil Nadu recipes. Not that I am not interested in other regional fares - but I have limitations.
    All said & done, we are basically brough up on Sambar & rasam ! When I was young, Vengaya sambar was the greatest treat ! Pulao came later.
    Please try the recipes of your choice.
    Love,
    Chithra.
     
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    Re: Kuzhambus- the gravies of South India.

    Hi Ladies,
    Me Too would love to try out new dishes......!
    I wanna to Know how to Cook Moru Kuzhambu.....
    I have only tasted in restraunts in Singara Chennai.....
    Is there anybody wanna share their delicious receipe with me....
    I really will be glad.....? :hatsoff
    Thanks Much......! :hatsoff
     
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    Re: Kuzhambus- the gravies of South India.

    Hi Chitra Aunty,

    Thanks for your response. I couldn't agree with you more. I like to try a variety of cusines. I make North Indian, Italian and some Mexican recipes on a regular basis, but South Indian cusine takes a special place. Its our "go-to" comfort meal. But honestly, i realised how much i like it, only after i came to the US after marriage and started cooking myself. Until then, i totally took it for granted.
    I made the Ezhukari Sambhar today for Pongal. Yeah, as per the US Temple calendar, Pongal falls this Monday. The Sambhar came out very well. Husband likes it a lot too. Thanks for the recipe.

    Love
    Bharathi
     
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    Re: Kuzhambus- the gravies of South India.

    Dear Bharathi,
    So, you beat us to pongal??!!
    We have a night still to go. But Thai is born tonight - probably that is why the temple calendars gave the day in advance !
    Thanks for the FB.
    Love,
    Chithra.
     
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