Saturday, June 14, 2014

Thengai / Coconut Sodhi

               Sodhi is a very special delicacy, a gravy made of coconut milk, to be taken with rice. This finds a place in the dinner served on the occasion of Mappillai Azhaippu,meaning inviting or welcoming the bridegroom,a function on the eve of the marriage in the Saiva Vellala Community of the Tirunelveli District.Sodhi is mainly a gravy to be mixed with rice and taken.It can also be taken as a side dish for tiffin items, especially Idiappam and Aappam.
           This gravy is somewhat similar to the coconut stew, a combo. for Aappam and Idiappam.Sodhi goes very well with Inji ( Ginger ) Pachadi and Potato Fry.

Coconut Sodhi

Ingredients :

Grated coconut   4 cups.
Pasiparuppu( Moong Dhal )  1/2 cup.
Green chillies   4
Ginger   1 tsp. size
Cubed carrot, Potato, Beans, Peas  1 cup.
Drumstick   2
Mango  1
Onion   2
Tomato   1
Oil, Coriander leaves
Lemon    1

Method :

1. Soak the Pasiparuppu for 15 mins. and pressure cook. Mash well.Soaking makes cooking
    faster and saves fuel.

2. Four cups of grated coconut can be ground with 2 cups of water in the mixer and 2 cups
    of thick coconut milk can be extracted.Then take 1 cup of thin extract of coconut milk.

3. Heat 1 tsp. of oil and saute the green chillies and the ginger, sliced.On cooling, grind
   them to a fine paste, adding little water if necessary.

4. Saute the sliced onions and tomatoes. Then add all the vegetables,little salt and the
    thin coconut milk.When the vegetables are almost cooked,add the ginger, chilly paste.
    Stir well and let it simmer for 2 mins. Then add the cooked Pasiparuppu mixed with
    half cup of water to avoid lumps.Add salt and mix the gravy well.

5. Let the gravy boil on low fire for 5 mins.The Moong Dhal is only a thickening agent.
    Some people add Roasted gram ( Pottu Kadalai ).That can be ground to a fine paste and
    added instead of Moong Dhal.

6. Add the thick milk and let it simmer for 2 mins.Over boiling after adding the thick
    coconut milk will make the gravy watery.

7. Add lemon juice, coriander leaves and switch off.

Note :

If Drumsticks, Mango and Peas are off season,it is O.K.

Manage with Potato, Beans and Carrot.

One more Tomato and little more lemon juice may be added in the place of raw Mango, by the people who prefer sour taste.

All the vegetables can also be pressure cooked with the thin milk in a pressur cooker and added to save fuel and time.The only hitch, is the drumsticks, split open.

Making  this Sodhi is very fast and easy in the US. as tinned coconut milk can be used which has a wonderful taste.It is very aromatic and tasty.For cooking the vegetables, 2- 3 tbsp. of the tinned coconut milk can be diluted with water and used.Finally the thick milk can be used.

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