Category Archives: Curries/Sambars
Kadhi is a North Indian dish originated in Rajasthan. It is a spicy dish where thick gravy is made from gram flour or besan and vegetables or pakoras are added to it. Sour curds are added to give it little sour taste and more flavour. Here I have added sprouted green moong to the spicy gravy to get a healthier and tastier kadhi. You can also add fried ladysfinger to the kadhi which is then bhindi ka kadhi. Gujarati kadhi is made preferably from buttermilk which also gives a more smooth texture. Do try sprouted green gram kadhi and make it more nutritious with addition of sprouts.
Pakora kadhi is a spicy dish which is prepared with a thick gravy based on bengal gram or besan and pakoras to which sour yoghurt is added to it to give a little sour taste. It is best served with steamed rice. I have prepared this kadhi in South Indian style by adding coconut. Instead of pakoras, you can also add boiled white pumpkin pieces which tastes good.. But pakora kadhi has a unique and delicious taste with pakora submerged in kadhi and goes well with rice.
Lemon rasam is a very simple and delicious rasam. It is very common in South Indian households. Lemon juice added to rasam gives a tangy taste and goes well with steamed rice and any dry vegetable. Green chillies gives a spicy and good flavor to rasam. Lemon rasam is another variety of rasam different from the usual rasam which we make. Here we avoid adding tamarind and include dal.
Raw mango dal made with raw mango and lentils gives a very sour and delicious taste to the dal and also gives a unique flavour to the dal. It is very popular in Andhra Pradesh. Raw mango dal goes well with plain rice as well as rotis and generally made in summer season. Do try this simple and yummy dal recipe…..
Rasam or saaru is a South Indian soup, made with tamarind juice, tomatoes, rasam powder, turdal and coriander leaves which are the main ingredients. Traditionally, rasam is served with rice and is usually fluid in consistency. Rasam is called as saaru in Kannada language and Chaaru in Telugu language, means essence. juice or soup. Different varieties of rasam can be prepared like jeera rasam, lemon rasam, dal rasam, garlic rasam and pineapple rasam. But tomato rasam is the most common an popular rasam in South India. Rasams taste best with homemade rasam powder but also goes well with store bought rasam powder. For home made rasam powder you can visit the link www.http://charuscuisine.com/recipe/rasam-powder/. Now for the tomato rasam recipe.
Raw mango curry is a very simple and tasty curry which goes well with hot rice. It is also called as pacha manga curry and is a very popular dish in Kerala.
Vegetable stew or ishtu is a traditional dish of Kerala prepared as side dish for appams in Kerala. It is very healthy dish which can also be prepared quickly. The vegetables are cooked in a thick coconut milk gravy and pepper and ginger added to it enhances the flavour of the dish. Vegetable stew is a delicious dish and a great combo with appams and makes up for a wholesome breakfast.
Sweet corn curry is made with boiled sweet corn kernels, onions, curd and besan and mildly spiced with Indian spices. It is an excellent side dish for rotis, chapatis as well as flavoured rice or pulao. Sweet corn curry is very simple to make and can be cooked quickly.
Dal methi is a healthy combination of fenugreek/methi leaves and tur dal. It is simple to make and very nutritious too. Dal methi is also called as methiwali dal. It is mildly spiced and goes well with rotis as well as rice. Dal methi is a very healthy dal which can be included in our daily diet.
Small onions sambar is a very traditional sambar made in South India. In Tamilnadu it is called as chinna vengaya sambar. Small onions are also called as shallots and are relatively smaller and tastes sweeter than onions. Sambar made with small onions makes up for an excellent side dish for rice, idlis&dosas and ven pongal. Here I have used the fresh sambar masala which is prepared and used immediately for making sambar which further enhances the taste of sambar.