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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

PONGAKKOZHAMBU / PONGAKKUZHAMBU

IYENGAR PONGAKKUZHAMBU, PONGAL KUZHAMBU.IYENGAR THALIGAI
This is the kozhambu done on PONGAL festival as a side dish for Vennpongal . It is actually Pongal Kozhambu but told as pongakkozhambhu. This is slightly watery with lots of vegetables in it. We don't grind in Ammi or Ural on Pongal day. ( Not asked for the reasons, but elders have told about it.). Sambhar powder is used in this kozhambhu, with a slight variation to the normal kozhambhu and it has its own aroma. Goes well with pongal. This is my grandma's and mom's version.

INGREDIENTS:

Tamarind - lemon size
Mixed green vegetables- Brinjal, Carrot, avarakkai etc. - 2 cups
Toor dhal - 1 tablespoon
Salt - as per taste
Oil - 2 tablespoons
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Urad dhal - 1 tsp.
Jeera - 1 tsp.
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.
Sambhar powder - 1 1/2 tsp.
Green chillies - 3
Hing
Curry leaves - few

METHOD:

Soak tamarind in lukewarm water, squeeze, filter and keep aside.

Pressure cook toor dhal with a pinch of turmeric powder . Chop all the vegetables to big pieces.

In a heavy bottomed pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add urad dhal, turmeric powder, green chillies, curry leaves and hing. When golden brown, add jeera, saute for 5 - 10 seconds, add all the vegetables and saute for 5 minutes. Now add the tamarind water, sambhar powder, salt and mashed toor dhal. Allow it to boil till tamarind diffuses its raw smell. Serve hot with pongal.

14 comments :

  1. Next time i'll try this for pongal ..looks yummm.Thanks for the recipe !!

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  2. Nice dish Shanti...my grandma makes this kozumbu often :)

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  3. Nice dish... perfect with ven pongal...

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  4. I am bookmarking this recipe so that I could try it when I make pongal next time.....

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  5. I always wonder what's the best side dish for Pongal - and end up making coconut chutney and kathirikkai gojju. I have to try this next time - looks very good! Thanks Shanthi Maami!

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  6. Yumm yumm.. I like this one a lot. :) It is so nice to get nostalgic abt Pongal festival. Your recipe reminds me the dish and I am drooling for Pongal and this sambar.. Just told Latha Raj aunty too. She has posted a different version of pongal kolambu today :)

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  7. Prefect combo with pongal..delicious!

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  8. Very nice shanti..excellent recipe!

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  9. Try it and tell everybody and Thank you all.

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  10. It looks appetizing! Thank you for sharing your recipe with It's a Vegan World.
    Graziana
    www.erbeincucina.it

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  11. Yumm...thanks for the traditional recipe

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  12. Yummy!! Darling, a girl can get thick around the waist simply by visiting your delicious blog!! Have a sweet and lovely weekend.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess ♥ ♥ ♥

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