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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Kathirikai Gothsu | Brinjal/Aubergine Sambar| Sidedish for Pongal/Idli!

Gothsu is a south indian gravy, like sambar for Pongal or Idli. For this we use split green gram/siruparuppu. I never knew until I got married to a Chennaiate. Many dishes are different from Karnataka.Tamilnadu dishes are prepared and enjoyed with combinations. I have prepared many times and today posting it.

Kathirikai/Brinjal -  2nos(Medium size chopped)
Tamarind water - 1 cup
Paasiparuppu/Split green gram - 1/2 cup(cooked and mashed)
Sambar Powder - 2 tspns
Ginger - 1tblspn
Curry leaves/Coriander - 1 tblspn
Turmeric - 1/4 tspn
Jaggery - a small piece(optional)

Oil - 1 tspn
Mustard - 1/4 tspn
Hing - 1/4 tspn

Preparation Method
Heat a kadai, add oil, mustard,wait till it pops out.
Add hing and saute for a minute.
Add ginger and curry leaves and saute for 5 mins.
Add brinjal, salt and cook till soft.
Add tamarind water, turmeric and boil
Add sambar powder and mix.
After one boil add mashed dal with water.
Check on salt.
Add jaggery and let it boil once.

Off the stove add chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with Ven Pongal / Idli / Dosas.

I have served with Venpongal for Sunday morning Breakfast which was truly delicious.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bombay Chutney | Sidedish for Idli or Dosa!

Bombay Chutney is very easy and delicious sidedish for Idli, Dosa and Chapathi.

My Sis-in-law taught me this, I prepared this many times but could not take photo, so when I prepared today took photos and posting it now.

Onion - 1 no(chopped)
Tomato - 1/2 no(chopped) - Optional
Green chilli - 3 nos(As per your taste)
Ginger - 1 tblspn
Kadalai Maav/Besan/Chickpea flour - 3 tblspn
Oil - 1 tblspn
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Coriander leaves (chopped)- 2 tblspns

Preparation Method
Mix kadalaimav with water and salt to watery consistency.
Heat a kadai, add oil, mustard and wait till it splutters.
Add onion, g chilli and ginger and saute till onion are transparant.
Then add tomato and saute till its soft.
Add the besan mix and stir well.
Reduce flame and cook till it blends well and raw smell goes.
It should not be too watery or too thick just in between.

Off the stove. Garnish with chopped coriander.

Serve hot with Dosa, Idli or chapathis.

Bombay Chutney is ready to serve. Check out soft idli recipe here.

Notes - It will become thick when its cool, add little water and warm it before serving.
Add salt if required.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Fresh Melon Plum Drink | Summer Specials!

This is a very different combo.

My dad brought plums and it was too sour. So today I mixed it with water melon and the drink was refreshing. It was sour and sweet.

While taking photo my son kept his bus since it was also red in the background:-)

Plum - 2nos
Watermelon - 2 big cups/1/4 fruit
Sugar/honey - 2 tblspn(as reqd)
Water if reqd.

Preparation Method
Cut fruits into cubes and blend all ingredients in a mixer.
Strain the juice in a glass.

Fresh Melon plum drink ready.

Notes - Mint/Pudina leaves can also be added.
A small piece of ginger also can be added.


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