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Sodhi kuzhambu recipe
As my mom is basically from Tirunelveli,she makes authentic tirunelveli recipes very well.This is one of the signature dishes of herThumbs-up..Usually Sodhi is prepared only when we have special guests @home,especially for newly married couples.So it is called as “Maapillai sodhi”. Its completely made out of coconut milk & its a bit time consuming process too.The best accompaniment for sodhi is ginger pachadi which helps in easy digestion of coconut milk.So if u plan to make this , don’t forget to prepare ginger pachadi ..Also we make raw banana chips to munch Tongue out 
Sothi kuzhambu 

Sodhi kuzhambu

Sodhi kuzhambu Sodhi kuzhambu
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Gravies
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Coconut – 1 no (My mom says 1/2 coconut for 1 person.)
  • Drum stick – 1 no (cut into finger size)
  • Potato – 1 no (cube cut)
  • Green chillies – 3 nos (slit cut)
  • Garlic – 1 bulb or less
  • Small onions – 10 nos (peel the skin )
  • Ginger – 1 inch size (finely chopped )
  • Warm Water – 4 cups
  • Cooked Moong Dal – 1/3 cup
  • Lemon – 1/2 no
  • Salt – Less than the required amount
To grind
  • Green chillies – 3 nos
  • Salt – a little (just to retain the color of chilly)

    • Pressure cook moong dal,mash well & set aside.
    • Grate the coconut or slice out pieces using the back of a ladle or knife.Add 1 cup of warm water..Grind it,squeeze and take the first milk.Keep it aside. Then add 1 cup of warm water and again repeat the same process to take the second milk.Set aside. Finally add the remaining 2 cup of water & take the third milk .
    Sodhi step1
    Sodhi step2
    • Grind green chillies adding salt using little water to a paste(salt is used to prevent blackening of chillies).Heat a kadai with 1 tbsp of oil and saute small onions,ginger, garlic and green chillies.
Sodhi step3
    • Take the third coconut milk in a wide bowl and add vegetables.Boil till vegetables are cooked well.It takes nearly 10 minutes.
    • Once the veggies are cooked , add the second milk along with the ground chilly & cooked moong dal & sauteed onion mixture.Let it boil well for 5-10 mins and becomes thick.
    • Lastly add the third milk and boil for another 5 mins. Switch off the flame & leave it for half an hour. Then add the lime juice and mix well.
    Mix with hot rice, enjoy with ginger pachadi & chips.

    Enjoy !

Tiruneliveli sodhi kuzhambu


Ginger pachadi recipe

Ginger pachadi recipe Inji pachadi - Best side dish for sodhi
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


  • Ginger – 2 big finger size
  • Coriander seeds – 2 tsp
  • Red chilly – 1 no (adjust)
  • Tamarind – small berry size
  • Jaggery – Small gooseberry size (i like it sweetish, so adjust acc. to ur taste)
  • Salt – a pinch
To temper n saute
  • Coconut Oil  or cooking oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/4 tsp
  • Small onions – 6 nos (finely chopped)
  • Red chilly - 1 no (pinch into two)

  • Chop the ginger finely and set aside.
  • Heat a kadai with oil saute the ginger , coriander seeds and red chilly till nice aroma arises. Grind it with little salt to a smooth paste.
inji pachadi step1
  • Heat the kadai with a tsp of oil and season with mustard seeds, urad dal .Then saute small onions & red chilly.. Soak the tamarind in warm water and extract the juice.
inji pachadi step2
  • Add the ginger paste with tamarind water and boil for 5 mins.Then add the jaggery to it. Allow to boil until it reaches pachadi consistency.
inji pachadi step3
Serve with sodhi ..


  • The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. On many islands coconut is a staple in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten. Nearly one third of the world's population depends on coconut to some degree for their food and their economy. Among these cultures the coconut has a long and respected history.
  • Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a "functional food" because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut oil is of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called "The Tree of Life." Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut's amazing healing powers.
Coconut In Traditional Medicine
  • People from many diverse cultures, languages, religions, and races scattered around the globe have revered the coconut as a valuable source of both food and medicine. Wherever the coconut palm grows the people have learned of its importance as a effective medicine. For thousands of years coconut products have held a respected and valuable place in local folk medicine.
  • In traditional medicine around the world coconut is used to treat a wide variety of health problems including the following: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, syphilis, toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, and wounds.
Coconut In Modern Medicine
  • Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many of the above conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below:
  • Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
  • Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
  • Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidacies, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
  • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
  • Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
  • Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
  • Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
  • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Reduces problems associated with mal absorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
  • Helps protect against osteoporosis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
  • Improves digestion and bowel function.
  • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Supports and aids immune system function.
  • Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
  • Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
  • Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
  • Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Functions as a protective antioxidant.
  • Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
  • Does not deplete the body's antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
  • Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
  • Reduces epileptic seizures.
  • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
  • Dissolves kidney stones.
  • Helps prevent liver disease.
  • Is lower in calories than all other fats.
  • Supports thyroid function.
  • Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
  • Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
  • Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
  • Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
  • Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
  • Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
  • Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
  • Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
  • Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
  • Provides protection form damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun.
  • Helps control dandruff.
  • Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
  • Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
  • Is completely non-toxic to humans.
Coconut Oil
  • While coconut possesses many health benefits due to its fiber and nutritional content, it's the oil that makes it a truly remarkable food and medicine.
Once mistakenly believed to be unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content, it is now known that the fat in coconut oil is a unique and different from most all other fats and possesses many health giving properties. It is now gaining long overdue recognition as a nutritious health food.
Cosmetics and skin treatments
Coconut oil is excellent as a skin moisturizer and softener. A study shows that extra virgin coconut oil is effective and safe when used as a moisturizer, with absence of adverse reactions.[23] Although not suitable for use with condoms, coconut oil may be used as a lubricant for sexual intercourse,[24] though it may cause an allergic reaction in some.
Fractionated coconut oil is also used in the manufacture of essences, massage oils and cosmetics
In India and Sri Lanka, coconut oil is commonly used for styling hair, and cooling or soothing the head. People of Tamil Nadu and other coastal areas such as Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa bathe in warm water after applying coconut oil all over the body and leaving it as is for an hour in the belief it keeps the body, skin, and hair healthy.
I'm not talking about its benefits only . For all its healing miracles, this super food does contain some disadvantages though.
Disadvantage #1 - No Effect on Common Cold
The medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in it can kill many types of viruses, including influenza virus that causes flu. But they're helpless against the virus (rhinovirus) that triggers common cold. In fact, no medications or herbal remedies are capable of fighting rhinovirus, except your body immune system. MCFAs effectively deal with the infection by producing specific antibodies, which disarm the virus-infected cells.
Of course, any infection could leave your immune system vulnerable to invasion by more bacteria, germs and viruses. That's where MCFAs come into play.
MCFAs help you kill those harmful microorganisms and ease the burden off your immune system so that it can focus on fighting the cold virus effectively. So it's still important to eat coconut oil when you're down with common cold.
Disadvantage #2 - Excessive May Harm
Just because I said coconut oil is healthy doesn't mean you start scoffing a ton of it. You could end up running diarrhea-like symptoms if your body is not used to such sudden change.
Go slow with 1 to 2 teaspoons each time and gradually increase to 3 or 4 tablespoons a day.
The traditional Pacific islanders are taking as much as 10 tablespoons of the "liquid crystal" in their daily diet, I don't see why we can't be like them. The key difference is they've long been used to that amount while we're not, so you have to moderately add the dosage to condition your body into adapting to it eventually.
Disadvantage #3 - Flavor Sucks!
Most people love its aromatic flavor. However, like durian, some people may not like it.
So, if the original smell or taste of this liquid crystal just doesn't appeal to you, fret not, you still have 2 options.
1. If you can't eat by the spoonful on its own, mix it into the food or beverage you're having.
2. You can use it in cooking oil. Just replace your usual oil with it and you're absorbing healthful MCFAs without excess fat intake. It's that simple.
Coconut oil possesses many wonderful health benefits which can more than offset the 3 disadvantages listed above but sadly, it has yet to be appreciated by many. Even some doctors, scientists and nutritionists believe it is as bad as animal fat.
That's how it gained the bad impression of this liquid crystal is.
On the contrary, the MCFAs protect and treat your body against a wide range of diseases - heart disease, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, cancers, Crohn's disease, kidney failure etc, just to name a few. They're easy to digest and help you to lose weight too.
Yes, you heard me correctly - it's also able to burn off those stubborn excess body fats that cause your weight gain. All this can be achieved in a natural, healthy way.
Enjoy sodhi with ginger pachadi,chips and  potato poriyal Smile
sodhi-lunch menu

kola urundai kulambu 1
Thanks a lot Raji for this yummy Kuzhambu.We like it very much.Sometimes i make this without urundai if i feel lazy Wink

Priyaraj has passed me this wonderful award., thanks a lot dear.Smile
Also sanghi  has honored me by announcing  as her diamond friend.So sweet of u dear Smile
Thanks a lot Sushma , Lavi , priyaraj , Ashwini & srividya for passing me this tag.I’ve done but not so interesting Wink
The Tag:
1. A – Available/Single? Married
2. B – Best friend? Yamini in school days & shalini in college days ..Still we are the best ;)
3. C – Cake or Pie? Cake
4. D – Drink of choice? Milk with Lion dates syrup
5. E – Essential item you use every day? Salt in my cooking
6. F – Favorite color? RED
7. G – Gummy Bears Or Worms? Nil
8. H – Hometown? Salem
9. I – Indulgence? At present Sleep because the time is 12 midnight Winking smile.
10. J – January or February? July , my birth month ;)
11. K – Kids & their names? One & Only Daughter, Raksha (2.5 yrs old)..
12. L – Life is incomplete without? Friends
13. M – Marriage date? 21 / 04 / 05
14. N – Number of siblings? cute , younger sister
15. O – Oranges or Apples? Apples
16. P – Phobias/Fears? Fears
17. Q – Quote for today?  We teach what we live.
18. R – Reason to smile? jokes
19. S – Season? Spring
20. T – Tag 4 People? Most of u have completed this tag already. So no need i feel.
21. U – Unknown fact about me? Stubborn crane ;) My hubby knows it Happy
22. V – Vegetable you don't like ? Love all the vegetables. My MIL  praise me for this :)
23. W - Worst habit – Same , stubbornness only
24. X – X-rays you've had? Don’t remember..
25. Y – Your favorite food? Idly upma Drooling
26. Z – Zodiac sign? Leo
Have a happy weekend friends.ByeWave


  1. never new to me....interesting.i love the colour.....

  2. Gorgeous dish, sodhi & ginger pachadi seems to be a prefect combo...

  3. love the food and the new layout congrats on the awards love rebecca

  4. ginger pachadi never heard abt it.. wonderful plater

  5. Wow that is interesting dish chitra.. both looks really tempting. Congrats on ur award dear.

  6. I ve heard about sodhi but never tasted , should be excellent!

  7. Very interesting. Didn't know you could mix dal with coconut milk! Ginger pachadi sounds very tempting!

  8. Sodhi with ginger pachadi and chips sounds like an awesome combo...looks delicious too :)

  9. Thank you darling for visiting my cottage and for leaving such a sweet comment behind. I just joined your followers and will be back to check your delicious recipes soon.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess xoxoxo

  10. Looks delicious and was nice reading abt u and congraz on all ur awards...hope u get lots more...

  11. Looks so delicious....n thx for the information, dear!..congrats on all ur awards!

  12. my mom used to tell abt this sodhi, so heard but never knew the ingredients. ginger pachidi is absolutely new and tempting to try. and the urundai kulambhu i too wanted to prepare oneday and as u said feeling lazy.
    nice dishes
    congrats on ur awards.

  13. Yummy combination and sothi looks very very tempting.

  14. I'm going from bottom to top. Congratulations on the awards.Wish you many more.Tag was fun to read.Paruppu Kola urundai is one of my fav Chettinad dishes.Both you and RAKS have made it appetizing and inviting.
    Loved the colour of inji pachchidi.Can just dip a finger and lock it off your picture.Sodhi is something I would love to try.very nice, Chitra.

  15. Wow drooling over ginger pachadi. Yummy sodhi. Congrats on your awards.

  16. Yummy yummy looking platter..I could just grab them now...

  17. சொதி+இஞ்சி பச்சடி குறிப்புகள் அருமை.விருது பெற்றமைக்கு வாழ்த்துக்கள்!!

  18. Both the pachadies looks yumm. It was nice to read aobut you.

  19. yummy dishes chitra, and the ginger dish is a must try :) I love the strong flavour, it looks droolworthy dear shall make it sometime soon.
    Congratulations on ur awards and it was nice reading about you , so sweet :)

  20. Congrats on your awards Chitra... sodhi and ginger pachadi is a good combo... Sodhi and pachadi looks yummy... I too have a version of sodhi have a look sometime...

  21. Great one Chitra!Sodhi is new to me but looks very inviting:)
    Lot of info on coconut:)Was good to know!

  22. Sodhi is my favorite..Yes I am also from Tirunelveli:) Its the signature dish of the area , I guess. Sodhi came out gorgeous dear.
    True words about coconut. Lets see, if anyone start accepting the health benefits. My mom used to make even the murukku with the coconut oil. Its a nice smelling one, but many hates it:(

  23. ஜிஞ்சர் பச்சடி நீங்கள் கொடுத்துள்ள முறை வித்தியாசமாக இருக்கு..கண்டிப்பாக செய்து பார்த்து விட்டு சொல்கிறேன்..


  24. I dont know why but I some how missed this post,sodhi sounds really yummy,this combo will sure taste like kadappa,i guess ...:)

    Thanks for the link love :)

    Inji pachadi is not my dish ...heheh

    Enjoyed reading ur ABCs!

  25. ginger pachadi looks drooling here..

  26. This is the first time I'm hearing abt sodhi,looks tasty.The ginger pachadi looks great.

  27. congratulations on your awards...both the dishes look mouth watering, i wish i could have them rite now!

  28. Reminds me of my grandma's preparation. We are also basically from Tirunelveli.. Pacca Nellai Kaimanam.. Feeling Nostalgic!
    Thanks a ton for sharing this Chitra :)

  29. Pushpa,Its nice to know abt U and Happy That Ur Mom's from my nativity. Very delightful & delish Sodhi Dear.

  30. where should we add ginger in sodhi?

    1. You should add while sauting onion,garlic.updated the recipe now.thnx for asking :)

  31. I tried ur Sodhi Kuzhambu yesterday. It came very well. Everyone in my family loved it. Thanks for the recipe :-)


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