Wednesday, 5 July 2006

Healthy Sodhi

Found ridge gourd at the local Indian grocery shop. It has been such a long time since I have eaten it. Felt like eating at once. Therefore, I bought one.

I like ridge gourd added in a watery dish. Struck my mind was sodhi. Sodhi is a broth like dish cooked with coconut milk and tamarind. I wanted to using avoid them both. As substitute, I decided to use milk and tomatoes, which are far healthier.

Ridge Gourd Sodhi

What do we need:
1 ridge gourd
1 large tomato
1 large onion
1 green chilli
1 tbsp dried shrimps
1 cup water
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

How do we do it:

Remove skin and slice the ridge gourd into 1/2 inch rings. Slice the tomatoe and onion. Half the chilli lengthwise. Wash and drain the dried shrimps.

Heat oil, add the onion, chilli and shrimps. Sautè until aromatic. Add the ridge gourd. Pour in the water and add turmeric powder. Cook covered until the ridge gourd is cooked.

Add milk and sliced tomatoes. Season with salt. Remove from heat when milk starts to boil.

Serve Ridge Gourd Sodhi with hot piping rice or idiappam.


Kanda said...

Sodhi is also match to eat with idiappam (thunder cake)… its also favourite dish of SriLankan….. Am I right??? & now I know why you did Sodhi…..heeheee

indianadoc said...

Sodhi is new to me..and with Idiappam, that's amazing...i'll add this to my to do list...thanx for sharing..

Nabeela said...

looks yummmmmy....milk based dishes are so heartening.

Anonymous said...

I think I can substitute with coconut milk,right?

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious, pushpa, but can i prepare this with zucchinis instead of ridge gourds?

sudha said...

I have ridgeguard in my fridge, I know only curry but now i got a new recipe. Thanks pushpa.

Puspha said...

Kanda~ Periya arivali. U know everything ah?

Shynee~ Sodhi & idiappam are a Sri Lankan staple food. Do let me know how do u like it.

Nabeela~ Yes, they are. I hope u'll like it as much as I do.

lg~ Of course. Sodhi is traditionally coconut milk based. I substituted it with milk as a healthier version.

Paati~ Yes u can & tatz a good idea. I shall also try with zucchini next time. Thanx.

Sudha~ Ur welcome. Do let me know how like the taste.

Sumitha said...

Ridge gourd and shrimps,must try combo,Nice recipe Pushpa!

sudhav said...

This is new to me,the combo of ridge gourd and shrimps..Will try soon...Thanks for sharing pushpa..

yum said...

This is totally new to me, sounds delicious too!
Is tamarind unhealthy? I didnt know that.

Shankari said...

hmm interesting - we make sodhi a lot being from tirunelvelli, but we never add tamarind, this would be a new taste, I shd try it.

archana said...

Thank you for the recipe. I have a Q. Where is this dish from? I saw a cabbage Sodhi recipe in another blog, and there also the place of origin is not mentioned. It will be great if you can shed some light on this.

Linda said...

Looks wonderful Pushpa! I'm bookmarking this, thanks :)

Lera said...

Yep! Pushpa, I agree with Linda, It looks so absolutely wonderful.Hmmm....Idiappam is one of my fav breakfast and can imagine the combo ,thanks for sharing this recipe...:)

Menu Today said...

Hi Puspha,
Thanx, I noted the contents. Can I make without dried shrimps???

Puspha said...

Sumitha, Sudhav, Linda & Lera~ Thank u very much. Let me know how u like it.

Yum~ Thank u. Yes, tamarind is quite unhealthy.

Shankari~ My mother uses tamarind in her sodhi and it tastes so good with idiappam.

Btw, my paternal ancestors originate from Thirunelvelli. We culd probably b relatives hehehe.

Archana~ I head tat sodhi is cooked in the some parts of tamil nadu. Wat I´m very sure is tat sodhi is a stample of Sri Lankan Tamils. It is a daily must have item for them. :)

Menu~ Thank u. Of course u can omit them & make a vegetarian version.

Revathi said...

Hi Pushpa

Thank u so much for putting a link for FMR 7.

I think u need to remove the last / then only the link works Strange !!

So instead of

can you put

Krithika said...

This one looks so colorful. Yum !

Meeta said...

I am not such a great SI cook I admit, but you make it sound so easy and delish. Push, I hope you'll be joining my Blogger Postcards from the Worldgame.

Priya said...

Hi Pushpa,
I made Sodhi recently too ! I actually never found anyone who new about this dish until now. I was just visiting food blogs and got to ur blog and u have it here..!! The recipe I followed was my Grandmother's and is a bit different from yours. Will try this one soon.

beesidhu said...

Hi Pushpa you have a good blog here !!! i do visit almost everyday Sodhi yummy..i will try ...thanks

Sumitha said...

Pushpa where are you?Is little Mahisha keeping you busy?

Puspha said...

Revathi~ Thank u for the correction.

Krithika~ Thank u.

Meeta~ Thanx. Yeah, I'm in to it.

Priya~ Thank u & welcome to the blog. U have a great blog.

Auntie Bee~ Hi!!! Thank u very much & welcome to the blog. Am I glad to c u here or what!? :)

Sumitha~ Well, I had some technical problems with my internet connection. Glad tat itz all fine now.

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