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Sodhi Recipe, Tirunelveli Sodhi Kuzhambu for appam, idiyappam

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Sodhi recipe. Sodhi kuzhambu, kulambu recipe from Tirunelveli. Served with rice, appam or idiyappam. Tamil style step by step recipe.



For Cooking Dal

  • 1/4 cup split yellow moong dal
  • 3/4 cup water

Cooking Veggies

  • 1 potato, diced
  • 1 medium size carrot, diced
  • 10 beans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 1 drumstick, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water


  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 2 inch piece ginger
  • 5 green chillies

Other Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 5 cashewnuts
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of a lime (About 3 teaspoon)

Coconut milk


  1. Cook the moong dal in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles. Wait for the pressure to settle naturally. Set aside.
  2. Cook the veggies with salt and water for 1 whistle, about 5 minutes in the pressure cooker. Wait for the pressure to settle naturally. Set aside.
  3. Make a paste with water, ginger and green chillies. Set aside.
  4. Heat coconut oil in a pan until hot. Add in the mustard seeds, curry leaves, cashewnuts and chopped garlic. Fry briefly until the mustard seeds pop. Add in the sliced onions and saute for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add in the second and third coconut milk, cooked dal and the ground paste. Add in the salt. Let it come to a boil.
  6. Once the dal comes to a boil, add in the veggies. Add in the first pressed coconut milk. First coconut milk is very thick. After adding the first coconut milk, do not boil for a long time.
  7. Let it simmer for a minute. Switch off the flame and let it cool for 10 minutes. Add in juice of a lime and mix well.
  8. Serve with appam or idiyappam. It goes well with rice too!


Substituting canned coconut milk
If using canned coconut milk, add the milk at last. Add 1/2 cup water instead of second and third pressed milk. Use 3/4 cup of canned coconut milk in the place of first pressed coconut milk.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu