Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pori Kuzhambu or Pathiya Kuzhambu

The first title doesn’t justify anything. This gravy is well known under pori kuzhambu in my house. Pori means puffed rice in tamil and “kuzhambugravy, none has an idea why this gravy got this “bizarre” name. But the second one Pathiya Kuzhambu is probably the right one.
Pathiyam is usually referred to Diet Food / pathiya sapadu in tamil. The specialty of this gravy is: no spice, no tamarind, no tomato and no coconut! A big NO to our entire usual ingredient list! I know what you might think: Bland taste, well after all it is a special diet food. Normally consumed by those who follow a special diet in their food intake.
After delivery, probably you might have faced one of this tasteless gravy in your mom menu. Plenty of garlic and coriander powder (malli thool) give an aromatic and unique flavor!
If you are the one who is looking for totally non-spicy Indian gravy or special diet food: Go ahead that is for you.
Important note: As this dish contains no heat, probably it will not please everyone palate. But if you came here after looking for this “Pathiya sapadu” refers like a basic recipe.
This one is a basic Pathya Kuzhambu in my house.
Non-veg eater, substitute with small fish, small shrimp or even some other veggie like drumstick, radish, potato, etc…
Otherwise, try to add two blanched & puree tomato and reduce a tbsp of coriander powder. But the tomato will change the original recipe taste!


pathiya Kuzhambu


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Ingredients:

Brinjal/ eggplant: 3 small-diced
Onion: 1 small diced
Garlic: 1 whole garlic- peeled
Coriander powder (malli Thool): ¼ cup + or - 1 tbsp
Turmeric: ¼ tsp
Water: 2 cups
Salt: 1 tsp (or according ur taste)

Seasoning:
If you have vadagam (tamilian seasoning): use 1 or 2 tsp

Gingelly oil: 2 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Cumin: 1 tsp
Curry leaves: few

Method:
Mix the coriander powder, turmeric in the water amount mentioned above. Adjust the salt.
Heat a pot with oil, start with the seasoning. Now add the onion, garlic, fry until it starts to brown slightly. Add the brinjal and fry until they are slightly cooked (about 5 min). Now pour the spice mixed water. Adjust the thickness of the gravy by adding coriander powder or water. I would say no need to adjust! Let it boil about 10 minutes, the raw smell should go away!

The gravy is good with some steamed rice!

This gravy is for Priya who is hosting Think Spice: Think Coriander Seeds, event originated by Sunita.

46 comments:

Priya said...

Had this kuzhambu long back, my mom used to prepare after delivery with small fishes.. Gorgeous click Cham.. Thanks for sending to think spice...

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Hi cham,
pori kulambu is new to me...i think its very useful for new mom...nice new recipe:)

♥♥♥Ria♥♥♥ said...

Hi Cham!

I am new to your blog! You have a nice space! And this recipe is very new for me! :)

Ramya Bala said...

haha cham..almost everyday had this kolambu :((((..but luv lots of garlic in it..thought no shrimps allowed :))))

meeso said...

I was sold at eggplant :)

aquadaze said...

just the thing to make for my daughter who can't take any spice!! thanks for sharing

Cilantro said...

Amma`s pathiya Kuzhambu was similar with little less malli thool. The chinna vengayam and poondu made this very tasty.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks yum... I am sold on eggplant too...

Soma said...

That sounds easy to make, But so full of flavors. give me with some hot rice on a chilly day!

Nandini said...

Really, this is a pathiya kozhumbu! Nice click! Suitable for mild taste buds! But for me, it will difficult to eat without chilis!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

That looks so delicious.

Supriya said...

Very nice and quick side dish..will definitely give it a try. We make similar curry with the water leftover from boiled black gram.

kamala said...

Hi Cham
Eppadi Irukeenga..We have finally settled down..Lot of power faliliure.so couldnt go through the blogs.It tastes divine after delivery..Mom used to add lot of mustard this time..How is ur son?

Prathibha said...

look nice dear..never had this..

Anu said...

Looks delicious...

my kitchen said...

Pathiya kuzhambu makes me hungry.My aunty will prepare this.after a long time i saw this in ur blog

Happy cook said...

I think if i see the dish in the post, it doesn't look bland to me. Of course it could be the coriander which gives that dark colour.
I had my daughter here so didn't had any luxury treat :-( i came home 4th day from hospital and from next day started doing everything at home including fiving bath to the baby, cooking etc.......Missed out beeing back home with all the ....

jayasree said...

WE call this pori chaaru.... Its good to include this once in a while in the diet as part of detoxification too. Lovely click

Suparna said...

wow! such a unique recipe, the kuzhambu looks very comforting :)
The click is superb!
TC

Bong Mom said...

This looks delish and this is enough spice for me. Our everyday Bengali dishes have little spice and if you see many of the veg dishes have no onion or garlic either.

I love the simple dishes much more for everyday

Lavi said...

I have heared about this pori kuzhambu in pondicherry, but never tried. kathrikkai sundi izhukkuthu!

love the bowl and pic.

Akal's Saappadu said...

hi Cham, c'est exactement ce que nous faisons chez nous, spécialement pour les femmes, juste après l' accouchement; mais puisque biensûr nous sommes des gourmands carnivores dans la famille, on fait avec des coquelets (jeunes poulets) et des aubergines indiennes (tu sais les variétes les plus petites) et beaucoup d'ail et de vadavam :)
oh la la la, mais qu'est ce que c'est bon, you're right, it doesn't taste like any pathiya saappaadu or kashaayam kind of taste; nice post!

Malar Gandhi said...

Hi Cham, the name is just perfect dear...my mommy says 'Vendaikai Pori Kuzhambu'...but I havent tried my hands on it tho'. Pathiya kuzhambu also sounds kool.

Vaishali said...

Sounds delicious, Cham.

Rylan said...

This looks like something I'd love to serve on Thanksgiving. Looks delish. Thanks for sharing.

Sujatha said...

Never heard of this! But looks very tempting! It could be a good one to put-together for busy days.. bookmarking :)

kitchen queen said...

delicious pathiya kuzhambu, very healthy and refreshing.

Divya Vikram said...

Unique name Cham. Havent heard of this kuzhambu.

sowmya.s said...

good one...looks yumm..

vidhas said...

i love this !! Great click,

Curry Leaf said...

Wow, looks good and "spicy".Would prefer it with hot white rice. I am usually a tamarind person and am intrigued by this dish's spiceless yet spicy taste.I have heard of 'poritha kuzhambu' which has roasted spices but this 'pori' is new to me.

Homecooked said...

This looks yummy! I have never tried this!

Aysha said...

Nice and mouth watering recipe...

Miri said...

Hmm... would be a good change when one has had too much of rich food to eat and wants to give the system a break!!

lata raja said...

Hi Cham! accept my congratulations on being featured @ EC's super blogger sunday! very nicely coined interview!

SE(Denufood) said...

hi..im first time here..came through EC's blog..liked your recipe...eggplant are one of the favourites..

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Sounds so good. I have heard abt it, but never tasted it. Nice recipe.

PJ said...

Pathiyam or not am definitely going to try this one.I can't tolerate spicy food and feel this one would be great![Btw,came here thro'EC's blog..]

Arch said...

Hey cham, of course I loved the place..My son had a great time in the sea and I enjoyed the walk on the sea front...We were there on our college trip, so have the fondest memories of Pondi...This kulambu looks interesting...I make kulambus, but this looks a lil different..

SriLekha said...

looks really delicious and yum!

notyet100 said...

looks so traditional,.;-)

VS said...

Wow! This looks awesome. I made poondu vathakozhambu last week. Eventhough I had our aromatic vadagam, I didn't use them yet it tasted good.

Vibaas said...

looks spicy and yummy. :)

Suma Rajesh said...

perfect kuzhambu..i am just imagining ur kuzhambu with hot rice..yummmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Simple enough

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your recipe