March 02, 2018

Black gram Rice with Lady’s Finger Tangy Gravy and Sesame Chutney (Uluthamparuppu Sadham and Vendaikkai Pachadi)

This Combo meal is the traditional and very healthy food of Tirunelveli in South Tamilnadu.  A mouth watering meal with very high nutritious values. Every ingredient used for preparing  this meal makes you healthier in many ways. I have given the individual nutritious values towards the end of the recipe...

  • Pre time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 15 mins
  • Serves: 3

Ingredients for making Black gram Rice:

Rice 3 cups
Split Black gram (Urad dal) with black skin 1 cup
Fenugreek ½ tea spoon
Grated coconut 5 tb spoons
Garlic heads 8 to 10
Salt to taste
Palm Jagerry (Karuppattai) a gooseberry size

How to make Black gram Rice?

Heat a kadai and dry roast the fenugreek till the colour changes to brown and keep aside.
Then in the same pan dry roast blackgram till nice aroma comes and keep aside. 

Now add the roasted gram and fenugreek to rice in a vessel and rinse once.
Put them in to a pressure cooker and pour in 7 cups of water.
Add required salt, grated coconut, palm sjageery , garlic pods every thing and stir well.
Pressure cook the stuff in a cooker up to 3 or 4 whistles as you do for normal rice. 
You can also  cook it in a rice cooker but with extra 1 cup of water. 
Once the steam is released the rice is ready to serve with Vendaikkai pachadi and Ellu Thuvaiyal (Sesame Chutney)

Ingredients for making Lady’s Finger Tangy Gravy  (Vendaikkai Pachadi)

Pre Time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Serves: 3
  • Lady’s finger 10
  • Chopped green chillies from 2
  • Chopped onions from 1
  • Finely chopped tomatoes from 1 tomato
  • Thin tamarind juice extracted from a pebble size tamarind 200 ml
  • Turmeric powder ¼ tea spoon
  • Red chilli powder ½ tea spoon
  • Jagerry powder 1 table spoon
  • Asafoetida 1/4 teaspoon
  • Oil 3 tea spoons

For Grinding:

Grind 3 tb spoons of grated coconut, 1 tea spoon cumin seeds, 5 baby onions together with water to coarse paste and keep aside.

For seasoning:

Mustard seeds, chopped shallots from 3 shallots and few curry leaves

How to make Lady’s Finger Tangy Gravy  (Vendaikkai Pachadi)?

Slit the Lady’s finger vertically and then chop them finely and keep aside.
Heat a wok or pan with oil. 
Fry onions and green chillies. Fry them till the onions become transparent. 
Now fry the chopped Lady's finger for two to three minutes.
Now add the tomatoes , salt, red chilli powder and turmeric powder. 
Keep stirring till the tomatoes become mushy.
Pour the tamarind juice into it.
Allow them to boil well, closing the pan with a lid.
When the veggies get boiled and become soft add the coconut paste to the boiling stuff. When everything mixes well and comes to gravy consistency switch off the stove.
Now heat a sauteing pan and do the seasoning in oil with mustrad, shallots and curry leaves and add tot he gravy.
Nutritious values of this Combo:Black gram is very rich in calcium, copper and manganese. It helps to strengthen the bones and acts as energy booster. The Palm jagerry used in the rice helps to improve iron content. The garlics are reliable source of selenium and have anti viral, anti bacterial and anti oxidant properties. And there is no need to specially mention  the Lady'sFingers!!!!