Jan 3, 2014

Tirunelveli Sodhi / Sodhi Kulambu / Potato Stew / Potato Ishtu / Potato Sothi / Urulai Sothi / Urulai Kilangu Sothi /

In South India stews means vegetables or meat cooked in coconut milk. I have already made a simple potato stew and a vegetable stew. These stews pair beautiful with plain steamed rice, aapam or idiappam..I have a simple coconut milk aapam and my mom's crispy aapam..

This stew is a recipe from tirunelveli. I met one of my relative few weeks back, and told me to post more traditional recipes around southindia. I was talking about this to my perimma, suddenly she asked me 'have you posted tirunelveli sodhi recipe'. I told her no, immediately she told me the recipe. She also suggested me to serve it with potato roast and puli inchi.. I made it the next day itself, and it was heave..So here i am with the recipe..

Preparation Time : 20 to 30 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Coconut Oil - 1 tblspn
Onions - 1 large sliced thinly
Green Chilli - 4 to 5 slited
Ginger - 1 tblspn finely chopped
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Potatoes - 2 large boiled , peeled & broken into small pieces
Yellow Split Moong Dal - 1/4 cup boiled
Second Thin Coconut Milk - 3 cups
First Thick Coconut Milk - 1 cup
Salt to taste


Heat oil in a kadai, add in onions, ginger, green chilli. Add salt and saute them for couple of mins till it gets translucent.

Now add in the boiled potatoes and toss well in the oil.

Pour in the thin coconut milk and bring everything to a boil. Add in cooked moong dal and mix well.

Bring everything to a good boil. Let it simmer for 5 to 7 mins.

Now add in the first coconut milk and mix well. Let it simmer for a min.

Switch off the flame and transfer to a serving dish.

Serve with rice, aapam, or  idiappam.

Take all your ingredients

Heat coconut oil

Add onions, green chilli and ginger

Saute for a min

Add some salt

saute till translucent

Add the boiled potatoes

Give it a stir

Pour in the second thin coconut milk

Mix well and let it come to a boil

Add the boiled moong dal

mix well

Let it simmer

Till everything is thickened

Add first thick coconut milk

Mix well


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  1. i tried dis widout adding moong dal..was tasting yummy..thanku aarthi.. :)

  2. Hi Aarthi, Just wanted to tell you that the kulambu looks simply delicious and comforting. Thanks for showing us step to step method.

  3. never heard of this combo sounds delicious

  4. Never heard of the combination , thats really interesting

  5. Aarthi,

    You can try adding a tsp of lemon juice to sodhi once its cool. This takes sodhi to different level. I am from Tirunelveli and sodhi is a integral part of our marriages and all functins.

  6. Hi Arthi your blog and recipes are so nice and am a regular follower of you're recipes. It's this the similar recipe of sangeetha restaurant white kurma with mixed veggies? If not can you pls provide us with that recipe? BTW your page is awesome...

  7. @Anitha...Not sure dear..haven't tasted it so far

  8. Mam please tell me that how to make gravy of paneer prepare in marrige parties

  9. @Parvathy Bhaskar
    Without the moong dhal it is called stew -like the one from Kerala.With moong dal it is sodhi

  10. Dear Aarthi, pls tell side dish for the same

  11. @Anonymousu can have it with potato roast or puli inchi


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