Friday, September 27, 2013

Sodhi - Thin Coconut Milk Gravy

Whenever I make sodhi it always takes me down memory lane -  The first time I cook this  simple, light and very mild spicy thin coconut gravy was after I got married (before that it was always my mum's - never actually cared to learn much before marriage).

Turmeric gives this nice yellow colour and I keep adding heaps of turmeric powder as it was not turning yellow as yet.  There goes the SOS call to Amma - "Why is my sodhi not turning yellow as it should be?", "Has it started to boil"? "Nope", "Then it will be when it is boiling".  And then I realize that I have this very very yellow colour sodhi.  You just learn from your mistakes don't you...

I normally like to pair them with something spicy and dry like chicken perathal, dry potato masala or even anchovy sambal, even fish fry will be good and some stir fry vegetable. Actually any kind of side dish goes well with this gravy.#

There are others who also some vegetables like cabbage, carrot or some powdered fried dry anchovy -  I personally have

Lets look at the recipe

1/2 of a medium size coconut grated squeeze into 1 cup of thick coconut milk and 2 cups of thin coconut milk
1 mid size tomato - chopped small pieces
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 small size onion - sliced
1 green chilly - half lengthwise
3/4 tsp of turmeric
1 tsp of fenugreek seeds
1 sprig of curry leaves
1-2 tsp of lime juice (optional) - I normally don't use them

How to prepare

1.  Heat oil in a pot. 
2.  When the oil is hot enough, add in fenugreek, let it turn colour slightly though don't burn it
3.  Tip in onion - sauté till it turn pink and soft.  Add a little salt in order to make it soft quick.  Add in curry leaves.
4.  Add in chilly and ginger garlic past and stir for a few more minutes.
5.  Add in tomato and stir till till the tomato turn mushy and really soft. 
6.  Pour in the both thin and thick coconut milk as well as turmeric powder. Add salt to taste and stir well
7.  Let it boil slow for 1 to 2mins.  Once it boils remove from fire. Add in the lime juice, give it a stir and you are ready.

Note : You do not want to over boil as the coconut milk will break into oil.

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