Hurray! The start of yet another week of marathon blogging! For me, it is going to be choc-a-block with Thalis (Combo food platters) this week. During the last edition of the marathon started by Srivalli, a lot of people prepared wonderful and elaborately planned thalis – some traditional, some region-wise and some festive ones. I thought I must take this up as a challenge and incorporate at least a couple of state-wise thalis, in the process learning about a few new cuisines.Little did I realise that planning a whole new menu was such a big challenge!
In the end, I stuck to what I know best, simple everyday stuff, interspersed with something new (for me!) every now and then.
Despite keeping it simple, a lot of effort went into preparing, clicking and writing everything down and I know it would have been impossible for me to cook it all up without the help of my dear ma, bro and even my lovely neighbour! I now really appreciate the kind of effort taken by the members of the previous marathon in preparing all the amazing platters they put up.
I’m starting on the marathon runway today with a basic, simple thali that is standard fare at my place for lunch. It consists of curry (dry vegetable sauté), kootu (south-Indian dal with veggies), rasam (thin tamarind-flavoured soup), rice and curd.
The kootu can be prepared in a number of ways and a variety of vegetables. It can be used as a side-dish for rotis (Indian breads), rice dishes or eaten mixed with rice, depending on whether it has been prepared as a thin gravy or a thick one. I simply love the Keerai Poricha Kootu (Spinach Kootu) the way my ma prepares it. It is so simple to prepare, tasty and healthy to boot.
Today’s simple lunch thali includes Mixed Vegetable Curry, Keerai Poricha Kootu, Tomato Rasam, Rice, Pickle, Fried applam (poppadom) and curd
KEERAI PORICHA KOOTU
Spinach – 4 cups (chopped)
Moong Dal/Split green gram – ½ cup
Dry red chillies – 4
Coconut (grated) – 2 tbsp
Black Peppercorns/cmin seeds – 10-12
Jeera – 1 tsp
Oil – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Urad dal/split black gram – 1 tsp
Pressure-cook moong dal/split green gram for 2-3 whistles or in a pot of water till soft and mushy
Dry-grind chillies, black pepper, jeera/cumin and coconut into a coarse powder
Cook chopped spinach with ¼ cup water till it is done
Add cooked moong dal and ground spice powder
Add water to adjust consistency to your liking
Cook for 2-5 mins and remove from heat
Heat oil in a small saucepan and add mustard seeds
Add cumin seeds once mustard seeds stop spluttering
Pour seasoning over keerai kootu and serve hot
Click here to see what the other members of BM#16 are doing
I’m also linking this to Srivalli’s Thali Mela!