This is a popular dish in the Thirunelveli district which is also called as mappilai sodhi. I tried this recipe for its name and came to know much more from my friend. I found this recipe somewhat similar to oalan recipe of Kerala. The flavor of jeera and moong dal which helps in thickening the gravy makes the difference. Vegetables cooked in coconut milk makes this gravy delicious.
Normal veggies used in this gravy are drumstick, carrots,beans and potato. Now this has become a regular dish in our weekend menu. This has become one my hubby's favorite. It goes well with some spicy potato varuval etc., I like the flavor of jeera that stands unique.
Thirunelveli Sodhi Recipe - Ingredients:
Cooking time: 30 mins / Recipe Cuisine: South Indian / Recipe Category: Side Dish.
Moong dal - 1/4 cup
Drumstick - 1
Carrot - 1
Beans - 5
Potato - 1 medium.
Tomato - 1 chopped
First milk - 1 cup
Second milk - 1 1/2 cup
Salt to taste.
Green Chilies - 3
Jeera/ Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - a sprig.
1. Pressure cook the moong dal until mushy and keep ready.
2. In a bowl cover and cook all the veggies in the second coconut milk until tender, about 5-7 mins.
Meanwhile grind the ingredients under 'to grind' and keep aside.
3. Add in the chopped tomatoes and cook for few mins.
4. Then add the moong dal ,chilly paste and required salt and cook for a couple of mins.
5. Finally add the first coconut milk and quickly give a stir and switch off the stove.
6. Temper the ingredients under 'to temper' pour into the curry.
Serve hot with steamed rice.
- After adding the first coconut milk don't keep the curry in the stove for a long time. Give a stir and switch off else it will curdle.
- Moong dal is added to thicken the gravy. So no need to add too much than mentioned.
- Jeera gives a nice flavor to the gravy. Don't miss it.
- Veggies can be added up to your choice. But these are the traditional veggies used.