Tirunelveli Sodhi Kuzhambu

Sodhi is a vegetable Stew which is so popular in Tirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. Mixed veggies (carrot, potato,drumstick) are cooked in greenchili-ginger paste along with thin coconut milk and then enriched with cooked moong dal along with thick coconut milk. Finally add a tanginess using lemon juice. In Tirunelveli, especially during marriages, this delicious Sodhi is served with hot steaming rice. Its also called as "Mapillai Sodhi". 'Mapillai' means 'Groom'. A wonderful veggie stew that goes well with Aapam, Idiyappam or even with hot steaming rice! Try out this Tirunelveli Sodhi and share your experience!

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Tirunelveli Sodhi Kuzhambu
Tirunelveli Sodhi Kuzhambu

Preparation and Yield:
Preparation time10 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Recipe CategoryKuzhambu
Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

Tirunelveli Sodhi Kuzhambu
Tirunelveli Sodhi Kuzhambu


Moong Dal1/4 Cup*
Potato1, Cubed
Carrot1, Roughly Chopped
Beans10-12 pieces
Drumstick Pieces10-12
Shallots (Baby onions)10-12
Garlic, Chopped1 Teaspoon
Thin Coconut Milk 2 Cups
Thick Coconut Milk1 Cup
Green Chilli8
Ginger1" Piece
Cumin Seeds1 teaspoon
Lemon Juice1 Tablespoon
SaltTo taste
Oil2 Tablespoon
Mustard Seeds1 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves Few

Tirunelveli Sodhi Kuzhambu
Tirunelveli Sodhi Kuzhambu

  1. Take Moong dal in a vessel. Add turmeric powder and water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles till you have a soft and mushy dal. Mash the dal and set it aside
  2. Take green chili, ginger and cumin seeds and grind it to a smooth paste and set it aside
  3. Heat oil in a pan. Add shallots and chopped garlic and sauté till light brown color. Add greenchilli- ginger-cumin seeds paste and saute for 3-4 minutes in low flame
  4. Then, add veggies and stir-fry in high flame for 3-4 minutes. Then, add thin coconut milk and stir once and cover and cook the veggies till they are soft
  5. Once the veggies are cooked, add salt. Add mashed dal and stir well. Cook for 2 minutes
  6. Finally add thick coconut milk and stir once and switch off the flame. Do not bring it to boil after adding thick coconut milk.
  7. Heat oil in another pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter. Add curry leaves and sauté for few seconds. Add these seasoning to kuzhambu.
  8. Allow Sodhi kuzhambu to cool for 5 minutes and then add lemon juice and stir well
  9. The delicious Tirunelveli Sodhi ready to serve!
  10. Tirunelveli Sodhi Kuzhambu
    Tirunelveli Sodhi Kuzhambu

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Is there any masala/pudi/powder like sambhar powder/ garam masala etc that needs to be added ? I am wondering because it doesn have any masala but looks red

The color is from the turmeric powder and tomatoes.

Can i prepare this without coconut milk, if not what is the alternative

Traditional way of making sodhi is using the coconut milk. May be you can grind the coconut to a paste and add it at end and use plain water to cook the veggies

Today, I tried this sodhi for my lunch exactly as said by you. Wow.. delicious taste..!
Your recipes are really great and sweetening our bachelor life abroad.Thank you so much Subbu Amma& Sowmya Akka..!



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